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Sierra Star Golf Course - Hole 2Hole 1 | THUNDERBOLT 14,003'

After taking in the beauty of Mammoth Rock and the Sherwin Range it’s time to tackle Sierra Star’s opening hole. While its length might not be intimidating, trouble lurks on both the tee shot and approach of this downhill par 4. Remember to adjust your club selection for the altitude, which is usually 1–2 clubs. Many a player has saved par from the trees on the right, not so much for the trees on the left. Note that there’s a small creek in front of the green and difficult bunkering behind it, so accurate distance control on your approach to the green is paramount.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 263 yards
  • White: 293 yards
  • Blue: 325 yards
  • Black: 374 yards


Sierra Star Golf Course - Hole 2Hole 2 | BLOODY 12,558'

Spin management for low handicappers, and clearing the environmental area in front of the green for higher handicappers, are the two keys to this short par 3. Anywhere long makes for a tough up-and-down. Short however, is very doable. Head pro Dave Schacht says “Punch a wedge to the middle of the green, take a few putts, and run to the next tee with your tail between your legs.”

  • Par 3
  • Red: 73 yards
  • White: 81 yards
  • Blue: 89 yards
  • Black: 118 yards

Sierra Star Golf Course - Hole 3Hole 3 | MOUNT RITTER 13,150'

Big hitters can aim a fade at the left fairway bunkers and run one up inside the 100 yard markers. If you're looking for a safe shot from the tee, look to place your shot in-between the fairway bunkers. The fairway is extremely wide and you'll be left with an approach shot from about 150–190 yards. Your approach shot will play downhill and in the afternoons, usually downwind, so club down. A deep, narrow green with three bunkers awaits your approach.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 328 yards
  • White: 360 yards
  • Blue: 370 yards
  • Black: 413 yards

Sierra Star Golf Course - Hole 4Hole 4 | BANNER 13,150'

If you can move the ball from right to left, sling one around the dogleg with a fairway wood or driver. If not, a long iron/hybrid should place you in the fat of the fairway with a 150–190 yard approach. It's hard to feel the wind but note it usually blows from left to right in the afternoon pushing tee shots towards the fairway bunker on the right. An opening in front of the green allows for shots to run up – a smart play if you've played your tee shot safe. Head pro Dave Schacht says “Even though I play a fade, this hole is a great opportunity to turn one over.”

  • Par 4
  • Red: 329 yards
  • White: 367 yards
  • Blue: 404 yards
  • Black: 440 yards

golf_hole_05Hole 5 | WHITE WING 10,003'

If you play a fade, try to bend one around the corner. Similar to the two preceding holes, putting a tee shot around the 160-yards away zone is a safe play. The approach is slightly uphill and usually into the wind. Greens here at the Star have a bit of grain running away from Mammoth Mountain, something to keep in mind while putting on this difficult 90’ piece of turf. Head pro Dave Schacht says “Focus is paramount on this difficult hole. I usually tell my group to quiet down for this one.”

  • Par 4
  • Red: 345 yards
  • White: 369 yards
  • Blue: 396 yards
  • Black: 424 yards

Sierra Star Golf Course - Hole 6Hole 6 | RED SLATE 13,140'

Grab your driver, swing fast and enjoy the ride on one of the more difficult holes in the Eastern Sierra. The fairway slopes to the right along with the afternoon breeze, so both tee and approach shots tend to leak away from the hole in that direction. The green is elevated, heavily guarded, and severely sloped from back to front. If you’re hitting more than a 7 iron in, consider laying up and leaning on your short game to see you through our #1 handicapped hole. Often referred to as a par 4.5, bogey isn't the end of the world on this one.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 371 yards
  • White: 403 yards
  • Blue: 438 yards
  • Black: 469 yards

Sierra Star Golf Course - Hole 7Hole 7 | BOUNDARY 13,146'

Finally, a reward for tackling the difficult stretch of holes you just played – a downhill, downwind par 3 with a fairly large green. If you're playing in the afternoon and a breeze is present, reducing upwards of 3 clubs may be necessary. “I just hit a 180 yard 9 iron!” will be your new social media status. 

  • Par 3
  • Red: 145 yards
  • White: 160 yards
  • Blue: 177 yards
  • Black: 203 yards

Sierra Star Golf Course - Hole 8Hole 8 | DANA 13,061'

A reachable par 5 with a wide landing area off the tee framed by a fairway bunker to the right and a bear den to the left (no, really). It's wise to take a few things into consideration before going at this green in two shots – the wind, side hill lie, creek in front of the green, narrow landing area, inescapable trees along the left-side, and impossible downhill chip from the right. But let's be honest, you didn't come all this way to lay up did you? Note that bears often sleep in the culverts underneath the fairway, so keep an eye out if your ball happens to stray from the fairway.

  • Par 5
  • Red: 407 yards
  • White: 428 yards
  • Blue: 461 yards
  • Black: 525 yards

Sierra Star Golf Course - Hole 9Hole 9 | MORRISON 12,241'

Massive Jeffery pines frame the fairway, providing the perfect aiming points for your tee shot. The ideal play is a little left-to-right down the left-side of the fairway, but keep in mind the predominant wind direction can push big fades into the woods on the right, or even worse, into the Divot Café. There are two levels to this green, so attempt to hit your approach to the level that coincides with the pin.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 277 yards
  • White: 349 yards
  • Blue: 392 yards
  • Black: 423 yards


Hole 10Hole 10 | HUMPHREYS 13,986'

A long, uphill par 5 that usually plays into the wind. Avoid the left-side rough if possible, as this area tends to grow in quite thick, requiring a pitch back to the fairway. As you approach the green, substantial bunkering lurks up the left-side and a few mounded carrot tops reside in the gut.

  • Par 5
  • Red: 422 yards
  • White: 455 yards
  • Blue: 492 yards
  • Black: 555 yards

Hole 11Hole 11 | WHITE 14,252'

A narrow downhill par 4 that typically plays downwind. There’s a creek bed on the right and trees on the left, making accuracy off the tee vital. The fairway narrows and steepens past the 150 yard markers, so a shot just in front or behind them is ideal. Stay down and through on your approach shot – there’s a small pond awaiting errant shots to the right. While the green is somewhat flat it still manages to give players fits.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 316 yards
  • White: 347 yards
  • Blue: 388 yards
  • Black: 437 yards

Hole 12Hole 12 | ESHA 12,283'

A drivable par 4 that screams for a high right-to-left shot around the large tree in the fairway. Depending on which tees you are playing, Rock Chute (a popular backcountry ski line in the winter) in the distance may provide a nice aiming point. The green is well-protected on all sides with out-of-bounds on the left, so laying up (while boring) isn't the worst choice. A long iron or hybrid should put you near the 100 yard marker for your attack at the pin. This green is small with a ridge in the middle. Note that this ridge can wreak havoc on approach shots that carry too far.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 235 yards
  • White: 273 yards
  • Blue: 284 yards
  • Black: 321 yards

Hole 13Hole 13 | LAUREL 11,818'

Uphill and usually into the wind, this hole demands two solid shots. Hidden bunkers line the right-side, and a big drive can find the lake inside the 100 yard markers. The lay of the land and prevailing wind tend to push balls into the right-side bunkers, both in the fairway and next to the green. This green is tilted from back to front and is two-clubs deep. While it doesn’t look intimidating, the front pin placement can be tricky. Once on the green take a look back down the fairway to see Laurel Mountain and Mono Jim Peak framing one of the more beautiful holes on any golf course, period.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 276 yards
  • White: 303 yards
  • Blue: 359 yards
  • Green: 409 yards
  • Black: 413 yards

Hole 14Hole 14 | CLYDE MINARET 12,270'

Slightly uphill and usually into the wind, this short par 3 plays longer than it looks. Course architect Cal Olson created a diabolical three-level green here, two of which fall severely off to the sides. A back left pin is your best chance at a straight putt. Going after a back right pin can bring disaster into the play.

  • Par 3
  • Red: 122 yards
  • White: 130 yards
  • Blue: 138 yards
  • Black: 190 yards

Hole 15Hole 15 | CARSON 10,909'

A strong right-to-left tee shot will leave you inside the 100 yard marker. If that shot is not in your arsenal, then a shorter club played towards the corner of the dogleg leaves a manageable approach shot over the creek in front of the green. Tee balls that carry too far and too straight will inevitably be swallowed by the “Pit of Despair” in the right trees. Yes, it's a tricky tee shot, but one of our favorite approach shots on the course.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 258 yards
  • White: 291 yards
  • Blue: 340 yards
  • Black: 380 yards


Hole 16Hole 16 | PYRAMID 11,679'

This is one of Sierra Star’s most challenging holes. The sharp dogleg right requires a left-to-right shot from the tee if you hit it far enough. Off in the distance Pyramid Peak offers an ideal aiming point but note the fairway runs out straight, so a driver may not be necessary for longer hitters. There are two massive bunkers guarding the green, which you’re usually approaching with a long iron. There’s room to run your approach shot up the right-side of the green and short right is a decent bail out, leaving a good chance to get up and down.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 337 yards
  • White: 373 yards
  • Blue: 415 yards
  • Black: 443 yards

Hole 17Hole 17 | PIKA 11,762'

An intriguing par 4 with a small landing area and well-guarded green. Play a 200 yard shot down the left-side of the fairway and enjoy a mid-short iron approach to a triple-tiered green. Mammoth Mountain provides an awesome backdrop for your approach shot, during late spring and early summer you can still see skiers and snowboarders up on Dave's Run. Get your ball on the correct level of this three tiered green or pay the price.

  • Par 4
  • Red: 291 yards
  • White: 303 yards
  • Blue: 335 yards
  • Black: 365 yards


Hole 18Hole 18 | MT. WOOD 12,657'

A medium-length par 3 guarded by bunkers and a lake to the right. Deer often move through the area, so keep an eye out as they meander through. The green is fairly large and accepts well-struck shots. After holing out, take a look back at Mammoth Rock and the Sherwins. Pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming, then go to the Chip Shot Café, where a well-earned libation awaits.

  • Par 3
  • Red: 117 yards
  • White: 145 yards
  • Blue: 177 yards
  • Black: 215 yards