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|Blue Tee of Hole 9 ||Hole 9 Fairway|
Pro's Advice: Short in yardage, but it plays uphill all the way: from the golf tees by the river, to the green, it rises 85 ft in elevation. This tough final hole has two back tees with a carry across the swamp to the hillside beyond. The Blue tee is on another island beyond the cinnamon tee .Target on the rock (about 300 yd from gold). The banana shaped hole will bear fruit for the patient golfer. Going for the green in two needs an excellent shot. A huge hard maple tree on a high knoll sits out on the left, ready to deflect any shot coming near. The smarter play is to lay up to the right or just past the big maple, placing the third shot carefully on the green. One putt birdies feels better than a forth shot from the edge of the woods. However, a gambler's shot, a tough gamble between the hemlock grove on the left and the huge maple has delivered surprises!
Naturalist's Advice: Take a moment for reflection on the river's ridge, up and down the Teal River, before you play across the swamp to the hillside beyond. In the spring, this swamp blossoms with wild blue bog iris, the defiant splash of color that promises summer. There's a bench here to take a moment, or perhaps let someone play through. You cross the little bridge deep in the wooded bog to reach the fairway. Lots of bog plants thrive here. The big dead yellow birch on the right is a special nesting tree. Remember to look back, around the second landing area, before the final turn to the green. The three mile view of distant forested hills is all part of the Chequamegon National Forest. A maple of extraordinary size remains near the turn towards the green, just too grand to dispose of, so we moved the fairway! It has many dents from golf balls. The maples are a little easier than the mighty oaks to save during the construction phases as their root systems are a bit less sensitive. We took special pains here to keep the machine weight away from roots, and were lucky here.