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Old Trail Project - Introducing Holes #7 - #12
 
Hole #7  |  "Dustpan"
Another great architectural feature, perfected by master architect Seth Raynor at courses like Fox Chapel outside Pittsburgh, where the shape of the green and the green surrounds resemble a “dustpan.”  Here the front is open and the slope and rolls rise up off the green on the sides and back making the green highly receptive and keeping balls from rolling off the green. An aggressive tee shot must find the pinched down landing area, but a more modest drive out to the right of the three small bunkers will set up an ideal angle into the receptive green. Green side bunkering in conjunction with earthwork will create unique pin placements.
 
Hole #8  |  "Lion's Mouth"
Ample space creates strategic options off the tee. The large central bunker pushed aggressively into the front of the green forms the modified “Lion’s Mouth” concept and the resulting boomerang shape of the green helps develop numerous interesting front pin placements. This hole plays into and across the prevailing wind demanding thought on approach shots. Anything long may find the creek carved around the back of the green.  For a short par 4, this hole has it all!
 
Hole #9  |  "Short"
At +/- 3500 square feet this is the smallest green on the property and is modeled after the “Postage Stamp” at Troon in Scotland, considered by many to be one of the finest short holes in the world. Mounding on the left provides visual aesthetics and separation from the parking lot. Multiple teeing options allow for wide variety in the daily setup and, when combined with a prevailing cross wind, players will find this hole playing very differently day to day. Only 120 yards or so but let the shot selection and shot making fun begin.
 
Hole #10  |  "Mermaid"
A dramatic change of pace faces the player when making the turn as this is a long hole with the largest green on the course measuring approximately 11,000 square feet. Wide open off the tee, the second shot requires navigating small pot bunkers and the waste area flanking the approach. Players will be hitting a long iron or hybrid onto an extremely large green and could face a putt of 75 feet or more adding excitement to the outcome. A full length view of the hole reveals the clever “mermaid” design.
 
Hole #11  |  "Dontay's Inferno"
In naming the various holes we also wanted to honor people who are deeply involved and committed to making this project a success. Don Taylor, our Director of Golf Course Maintenance, is one of these critical people and “Dontay’s Inferno” is meant to recognize his contribution. Multiple teeing options exist in the area behind Hole 10’s green complex and the forward tees can be played from multiple angles while keeping the same total distance thus presenting a different challenge based on pin location. The hole typically plays downwind and, combined with the large bunker in front, will require an accurate shot to hold the green. Mounding in the back will help keep shots on the green.
 
Hole #12  |  "Crooked"
The hole is crooked, the green is crooked, so we named it “Crooked.” This is the second of three forced carries for the back tee player. While the main landing area is fairly open, all players should consider the angle they want for the second shot into the heavily bunkered approach and green. The green is narrow but will contain several nooks for interesting and fun pin placements. A right to left prevailing cross wind should be taken into account even if it cannot be felt on the ground.