Hole 1 | THUNDERBOLT 14,003'
After taking in the beauty of Mammoth Rock, the Sherwins and a few breaths of mountain air, 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. There’s a small creek in front of the green and difficult bunkering behind it, so watch your distance control.
Trouble: Woods left of the fairway, back-right bunker, creek in front of the green.
Dave says: “Keep the driver in the bag and hit a long iron/hybrid. Fairway is paramount, and the mounds in the fairway can create a launch pad to attack the green.”
Sweet View: From the back tees – Mammoth Rock and the Sherwins.
- Par 4
- Red: 263 yards
- White: 293 yards
- Blue: 325 yards
- Black: 374 yards
Hole 2 | BLOODY 12,558'
This short par 3 intimidates even the lowest handicappers with a forced carry over an environmentally sensitive area, an undulating green with a radical false front, and no room for bailout.
Trouble: Long can be big trouble with the green running away from you.
Dave says: “Punch a wedge to the middle of the green, take a few putts and run to the next tee with your tale between your legs.”
-This hole gets more hole-in-ones than any other hole in the Eastern Sierra.
- During his course record 65, Dave Eberts double-bogeyed this hole.
- Par 3
- Red: 73 yards
- White: 81 yards
- Blue: 89 yards
- Black: 118 yards
Hole 3 | Incredible Hulk 11,520'
Big hitters can aim a fade at the left fairway bunkers and run one up inside the 100 yard markers. The fairway is extremely wide in front of the bunkers from about 150–190 yards out; keep this in mind when trying to play it safe. Your approach shot will play shorter when the tailwind blows in the afternoon, so club down. A deep, narrow green with three bunkers awaits your approach.
Trouble: The right fairway bunker leaves an awkward distance along with a massive Juniper tree which resides between you and the green.
Dave says: “Many a long putt has been made from the gap in between the two greenside bunkers”
- Par 4
- Red: 328 yards
- White: 360 yards
- Blue: 370 yards
- Black: 413 yards
Hole 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. Running the ball up is a great strategy if you’ve laid up, otherwise, sky one in there and walk away with a well-earned birdie.
Trouble: Prevailing winds tend to push shots long and into the large fairway bunker on the right or the ditch behind it.
Dave 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
Hole 5 | WHITE WING 10,003'
If you play a fade, try to bend one around the corner. However, the trees on the right-side have knocked down thousands of shots, so the safe play is a layup to the middle. The approach is slightly uphill and usually into the wind. The greens here have a bit of grain running away from Mammoth Mountain, something to keep in mind while putting on this difficult 90’ piece of turf.
Trouble: Abundant trees right of tee and everything right or long-right on your approach will severely damage any chance at a par.
Dave says: “Focus is paramount on this difficult hole. I usually tell my group to quiet down for this one.”
Interesting Tidbit: Many eagles have been holed from the fairway on this “magical” par 4. Double rainbows, hawks, bears and local blues enthusiasts are common sightings.
- Par 4
- Red: 345 yards
- White: 369 yards
- Blue: 396 yards
- Black: 424 yards
Hole 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, 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.
Trouble: Bunkering at the 100 and 50–60 yard areas mean it’s best to strategically place your layup.
Dave says: “It’s time to let the Big Dog eat!”
Interesting Tidbit: Originally designed as a par 5, this tough hole plays more like a 4.5 for most.
Sweet View: From the green looking back up the fairway – Pyramid Peak, Laurel Mt., Solitude Mt. and the Sherwins.
- Par 4
- Red: 371 yards
- White: 403 yards
- Blue: 438 yards
- Black: 469 yards
Hole 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 it’s afternoon and a breeze is present, reducing upwards of 3 clubs may be necessary. “I just hit a 180 yard 8 iron” will be your new Facebook status.
Dave says: “My happy place. Before tournaments, I like to drive out to this hole and warm up with a few approach shots.”
Interesting Tidbit: Topped tee shots have a way of trundling up to the green, often giving the player a lucky chance at a birdie.
- Par 3
- Red: 145 yards
- White: 160 yards
- Blue: 177 yards
- Black: 203 yards
Hole 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). Some things to consider when deciding whether to go for the green – the wind, side hill lie, the creek in front of the green, a narrow landing area, inescapable trees along the left-side, impossible downhill chip from the right… you got this.
Dave says: “Eagle or double bogey for me.”
Interesting Tidbit: Bears like to hangout in the culverts underneath the fairway and are sometimes seen playing in the lake.
Sweet View: From the tee and fairway – Laurel Mt. with the lake in the foreground.
- Par 5
- Red: 407 yards
- White: 428 yards
- Blue: 461 yards
- Black: 525 yards
Hole 9 | MORRISON 12,241'
Massive Jeffery pines frame the fairway, making aim a simple task. 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 hit your approach to the level that coincides with the pin.
Dave says: “Make a quick birdie then grab a hot dog at the Divot. That’s what I do.”
Sweet View: From the green looking back up the fairway – Mammoth Crest.
- Par 4
- Red: 277 yards
- White: 349 yards
- Blue: 392 yards
- Black: 423 yards