Four Holes To Watch At Essex County Club - MASSGOLF

Signature Holes At Essex County Club That Could Help Separate The Field In The 115th Mass Amateur

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Massachusetts — Standing as one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs, Essex County Club offers a rich-traditional environment that is unlike any other. While the back nine at Essex plays drastically shorter than the front, its full collection of holes sets it apart as one of the best in the country. Below is a list of the course’s signature holes:

1. Hole 3 – 623 Yards

Serving as one of the two par-5s on the par-70 layout, hole 3 though long, offers one of the prime scoring opportunities on the course. Donald Ross carefully placed a 75-yard-long waste area in the driving zone, forcing players to be strategic with each shot. It will be interesting to see how players take on this hole as the competition goes on.

The par-5 3rd hole at Essex, right, has the oldest original green in the United States of America dating back to 1893.

2. Hole 8 – 422 Yards

Challenging the players with a blind tee shot, this uphill hole can be extremely rewarding if played properly. If you aim your drive towards the out-of-bounds on the left side just right, the perfect angle will be provided to get your second shot onto the green for birdie.

The 8th hole offers several unique features on the other side of this blind tee shot. (Mass Golf)

3. Hole 11 – 178 Yards

Arguably one of the best and most daunting par-3 holes Donald Ross has ever designed, the putting green is surrounded by an array of five bunkers. Two of the larger bunkers are located on the right side, leaving the remaining more-challenging bunkers on the left side.

A side view of the 11th green at Essex County Club, considered one of Donald Ross’ finest par-3s. (David Colt, file)

4. Hole 18 – 417 Yards

Last but not least, many people’s personal favorite: the 18th hole. This downhill shot is quite the spectacle. Playing one’s drive to the left may prove more challenging, but it’s preferable over being short on the right side.

The 18th at Essex will provide a dramatic conclusion to several matches in this year’s Massachusetts Amateur Championship. (Mass Golf)


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