BELLVILLEÂ – Hopefully you got through the Front 9 at Little Apple Golf Course with a decent score.
If not, the Back 9 is going to have some tempting situations that could either pay off and get some some good scores or completely ruin a round.
Let’s finish off this week’s Richland County Golf Course Review featuring the Back 9 at Little Apple Golf Course.
No. 10: 216-yard, Par 4
That temptation mentioned above? Here is your first taste. No. 10 is a very short Par 4 that seems reachable off the tee, so you are going to be tempted to go for it. At 216-yards, it may even be reachable with a 3-wood. Only problem is, there is a sharp left turn right before you get to the green and it is just about impossible to cut that turn because of a group of trees between the tee box and the green. Do yourself a favor and just hit it down the middle of the fairway and hit in from there. If you do make it to the trees, you will have to punch out and there is a huge dip you will have to roll out of. The green slants back to the fairway so even if you do roll it on, it is likely going to catch that slope and find its way off the green. If you go straight down the fairway, you have a better shot into the green and you can stay below the hole and give yourself a great chance at birdie. Or go for the green off the tee and hope for the best.
No. 11: 139-yard, Par 3
A short Par 3 that should help you recover from No. 10 if you happened to get caught up. This one plays a bit longer than 139 or at least feels that way. Club up a bit and make a nice, smooth swing. Avoid going way left with a group of trees and out-of-bounds. It is pretty open so you shouldn’t have a ton of trouble here. There is a little hump to the left of the green that could cause a bad kick if you land it there. The green dives off the back so try not to go too far passed the hole or you could be chipping back on with your second.
No. 12: 142-yard, Par 3
Another one that plays a little longer than what is indicated. Still, you are wide open and shouldn’t have much trouble. There is a blind pond to the far right of the hole that could some into play if you are too far off the green. Pay attention to the pin placement as there is a shelf toward the back of the green that dives off the back. If the pin is up, you could have a nice, flat putt in.
No. 13: 266-yard, Par 4
More temptation. At 266-yards, this one is reachable with a solid drive, but going for it is risky. There is a pond that juts out all the way in front of the green very close to the landing zone. You will really need to put a great swing on this tee shot if you hope to stay dry. Your best bet: Take a 3-wood and go right between the apples in the fairway that try to steer you away from temptation. The green is really flat, so your second shot in should work just about anywhere and you have a great chance at birdie. There is a bunker to the right, so even if you did try to drive the green, you could end up buried in the sand. A shorter second shot takes the bunkers out of play. Again, the way you attack this one is up to you, but you can still score well if you play it smart.
No. 14: 129-yard, Par 3
A very narrow lane off the tee with trees jutting out right and left, but it is short enough you can really control this shot well. There is sand to the right and the green is pretty tough with a hill right in the middle that forces balls to roll off the front and the back really easy. The green also slants right to left so depending on the pin placement, you want to be pin high to the right or left.
No. 15: 277-yard, Par 4
Just when you thought you were clear of temptation, No. 15 comes along and teases you some more. At 277, it will take a nice drive to reach the green, but a slight dogleg left right at the end with trees protecting a cut makes this one difficult. Throw in a pond on the left and another on the right side of the fairway and you have yourself a challenge. Your drive needs to be controlled if you are going with a driver. A 3-wood off the tee still gets you about 150-yards out and short of any real trouble. There is sand to the left of the green so a short iron shot in is a preferred way since you can control those better. The green is a bit of a U-shape while also falling off the front and back. Not sure if there is a straight putt opportunity on this one.
No. 16: 244-yard, Par 4
Here is your chance to really reach back. It has been advised to play it safe all the way through the front, but on No. 16, you can get a little reckless. At 244 yards, you can go for the green here. There is a slight dogleg left as you approach the green with trees blocking your complete view of the flag, but they are out far enough where you can go over them. There is a pond to the far right so don’t be too spastic withÂ your drive. The green is long and thin and dives off back to the fairway while also falling off at the back edge. Be sure to pick up the pin placement so you know just how far you need to land it on the green for a chance at birdie or eagle.
No. 17: 101-yard, Par 3
A very short Par 3 with a pond guarding the entire front, right and back side. At 101 yards, it kind of makes this a difficult hole especially if you struggle with finding that 100-yard club. The green falls off to the right so pay attention to that pin placement. It is not very deep so you really need your tee shot to hit and stick or put some spin on it and bring it back so you don’t go over and into the pond. The green also falls off back toward the front, making this one pretty difficult.
No. 18: 272-yard, Par 4
Finally, No. 18 is a straight, open hole offering a great chance at finishing your round with a birdie. Be careful of going too far right as a pond juts out and could get you into some trouble. As long as you stay in the fairway, you should be fine. Make note of the pin placement before you tee off on No. 10 so you know where you should land your second shot. The green slants back to the fairway as well as off the back right edge, but it is big enough, you shouldn’t have many problems making birdie to finish your day.