Located in Chesapeake, Virginia, Cahoon Planation is a par 72 public golf course that features four sets of tees ranging from 5,000 yards to over 7,100 yards. What follows is a course guide for the back nine, for those who may be interested in playing it for the first time. To see the front nine, click here. Note: yardages are from the blue tees.
Hole 10 Par 3 171 Yards
A difficult hole to start off with after getting a snack. Any shot in the front right of the green is trouble, as there is a valley that just gobbles every ball up. The best option is to play to the left of the green and escape with a par, as there are other holes on this nine that provide better scoring opportunities.
Hole 11 Par 4 356 Yards
This is one of the more unique holes to play in the region. You basically have to hit a five wood or less off of the tee, as the fairway runs out at about 240 yards from the tee. The second shot is a difficult one over water, into a green that slopes from back left to front right, so par isn't too bad of a score here.
Hole 12 Par 4 376 Yards
This is sort of a "grip it and rip it" type of hole, with an open tee shot for the most part (fairway bunker to the right but only takes about 200 yards to carry). Make sure to double check the club selection before hitting the approach shot, because if it goes about five or ten yards long right it will end up in the water. The green slopes generally from left to right, with a fade being the ideal approach shot to play off of it.
Hole 13 Par 4 428 Yards
This is the most difficult par 4 on the course, and can really be a challenge with any sort of wind around. There are two fairway bunkers, one on the right that takes less than 200 yards to carry, and another on the left that takes about 250 to carry. A fade off of the left one is the best play. The second shot is slightly uphill into a green that slopes severely from back to front.
Hole 14 Par 5 498 Yards
This one is similar to hole seven on the front nine, as the tee shot is open but the second shot involves water short of the hole. 100 yards from the green is the safest you could probably go before the water starts to come into play. The green features a mound in the back center, so try to play off of it with a wedge if the flag is in the front left or right.
Hole 15 Par 3 120 Yards
This is an easy hole that provides a good birdie opportunity if you have a solid wedge game. There is a small ridge in the middle left of the green to watch out for, but other than that the hole is pretty straightforward.
Hole 16 Par 4 363 Yards
Holes 15, 16, and 17 are the ones you really want to take advantage of during the round. This hole has an open tee shot, so you can basically play it to any yardage you want. The ball usually runs pretty good once it hits the fairway on this hole. The green has two vertical ridges that form a "V" in the center of the green, so make sure to get it on the right level when hitting an approach shot to avoid a difficult putt.
Hole 17 Par 4 373 Yards
It has a significant bend to the left off of the tee, so those who can draw or hook it (right handed golfers), will find this hole pleasing to the eye. Again, the tee shot is wide open so just play up to a particular yardage to make birdie. The green generally slopes from back to front.
Hole 18 Par 5 534 Yards
With water to the left and houses to the right, accuracy off the tee is the key to this hole. The fairway bunkers on the left take about 220 yards to carry so they shouldn't be much of a problem; in fact, I use them as an aim point off the tee and hit a fade. Water continues all up the left side and short of the hole, so second shots into the green must be taken with caution. There is a large bunker in front of the green, so there is some sort of relief when trying to go for it. The green has two mounds to look out for, one in the front center and another in the back right.
Totals: Par 36 3,219 Yards
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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