Located in Newport News, Virginia, Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club is comprised of a par 72 golf course that features tees ranging from 5,205 yards to 6,972 yards. What follows is a course guide for the back nine, for those who may be interested in playing there for the first time. Note: yardages are from the blue tees.
Hole 10 Par 4 349 Yards
This hole provides a good test after coming off of the front nine. It is a straightaway hole, but features water all down the left side and actually cuts into the fairway at about 100 yards from the green, so a fairway wood to the right is the best play. There is a fairway bunker to the right, though, so if playing a fade aim at the water line. Three bunkers surround the green and the green itself slopes generally from back to front, with a lot of right to left break on the right side of it.
Hole 11 Par 4 414 Yards
This one has a slight bend to the left, so a draw with the driver would be an ideal play off the tee. A fairway bunker is located on the right side so using that as an aim point for the draw is a good play. The second shot is slightly uphill, with three greenside bunkers located short left and right and long right as well. The green slopes back to front again.
Hole 12 Par 4 342 Yards
A fun hole to play, because there are numerous ways to go about playing it. The fairway runs out at around 265 into a gulley, but there is nothing around other than a fairway bunker to the left so you could practically go as far as you want off the tee. A bunker guards the green short, and the green slopes from left to right generally.
Hole 13 Par 5 502 Yards
A straightaway hole that provides a good scoring opportunity with a good drive. Fairway bunkers are in play on both sides so it is not an easy tee shot by any means. The second shot is wide open, and if going for the green there are two bunkers short and long, with the green sloping from back right to front left.
Hole 14 Par 3 201 Yards
Arguably the most difficult par 3 on the course, especially if there is any sort of wind around. The tee shot is uphill into the green, with bunkers on both sides to swallow up any mishits, with the green sloping from back to front.
Hole 15 Par 5 464 Yards
Don't let the length fool you, as it can be a tricky hole to score well on. Fairway bunkers are on both sides again making the tee shot difficult, and if you get past them and decide to go for the green with a high iron or fairway wood, think twice about it, as the green goes horizontally with a huge bunker short of it. With any sort of mishit short you could easily be looking at a 40 yard bunker shot. The green itself slopes heavily from right to left, so a fade into it would be the best play if going for it in two.
Hole 16 Par 4 434 Yards
Don't let the yardage on this one fool you either, as it is actually much easier than it indicates. The hole bends severely to the left off of the tee, so one could either play it with a draw or just carry everything with a straight or faded tee shot. If doing the latter it takes about a 240 yard carry to get past the trees on the left side along with the fairway bunker as well. Bunkers surround the green short and long, with it sloping generally from left to right.
Hole 17 Par 3 149 Yards
This holes features a tricky tee that requires getting the yardage down just right, as the tee shot is uphill and usually into the wind. There is a bunker short of the green, which slopes slightly from left to right again.
Hole 18 Par 4 387 Yards
A good finishing hole that has a slight bend to the right off of the tee. There is a fairway bunker to the left, so playing a fade off of it is the ideal play. Bunkers are located short right and long left of the green, with water to the right as well but not really coming into play unless there is a severe mishit. The green is generally flat, with a large mound in the back right to look out for.
Totals: Par 36 3,242 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. Follow him on Twitter @RyanKekoufski.
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