Hole Descriptions

Sanford International

Minnehaha Country Club boasts the premier golf course in the region. Designed by Langford & Moreau, the course prominently showcases the Great Plains’ rolling terrain surrounded by incredible groves and impeccably groomed fields. From celebrities to golf legends like Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazan, the course’s fairways are no stranger to legends. In 2018 Steve Stricker won the Sanford International and in 2019 Minnehaha Country Club golf course will set the stage for something incredible yet again.

This short straight away par four eases the players into their round. The tee shot only requires a long iron to layup short of the creek that crosses the fairway leaving a short iron or less in to the green.

This long par three forces the players to have extreme control of their long irons. The green is guarded by two bunkers in front and large mounds and ridges throughout the putting surface.

On this par 4 it is imperative that the players find the fairway. The creek that crosses the fairway may take driver out of the hands of some players, but the second shot is lengthy to a slightly elevated green.

This shorter par 5 is easily reachable in two if the tee shot finds the fairway. A bunker guards the left side of the layup area while two greenside bunkers help protect the green.

This par 4 is the third hole on the front nine where the creek cuts across the fairway. Players will need to make sure to stay short of the creek leaving themselves a short iron or wedge into this back to front sloping green.

This par 3 is drastically elevated, players will only be able to see the top of the flag from the tee. This elevation change will make the shorter par 3 play much longer.

The tee box sits high above the fairway creating the illusion that the ball will certainly carry the fairway bunker. Once off the tee players will have to hit back up hill to an elevated green that is heavily guarded with bunkers.

This short par 3 looks to be an easy hole from the tee. The green is guarded by a couple green side bunkers but the real defense this hole has is the slopes and mounds on the green. This green is the hole’s main line of defense. Players will be happy to two-putt and get on to the next tee.

The view from this elevated tee gives the players a false sense of safety making the landing area seem much larger than it truly is. With out of bounds down the right and bunkers in the fairway, an accurate tee shot is needed to set up an easy approach to an elevated green.

The tee-box is nestled up against the clubhouse giving spectators an up-close view of the players as they navigate this par 3. With long iron in hand, players must be precise with their shot placement as the green is cut into the side of a hill and slopes from back left to front right.

This tight dog-leg left requires the players to place their tee shot on the right side of the fairway to be clear of the trees lining the left side of the fairway. The green is protected on the left side by a bunker and a large hill on the right. Players will need a precise second shot to get the ball close to the hole.

The view from the tee-box makes it look like the player’s ball will never land. Hitting from high above the fairway players can bomb it down to a relatively large fairway. The creek crosses in front of the green making players think about the decision to go for this green in two.

This straight away par 4 has more than meets the eye. Heavy trees line both sides of the fairway giving the players no room to bail out. The peaks and valleys in the fairway present another challenge to the players, as there are not very many level stances. Players will need to have complete control of their golf ball on this hole.

This short par 4 only requires a hybrid or long iron off the tee. This hole still has some danger with out of bounds left, heavy trees right, and the creek crossing in front of the green. Players will need to be precise off the tee to have a short iron in hand for their second shot.

This par 4 gives the players options off the tee. If the breeze is from the south players will be able to clear the fairway bunkers and have a short pitch for their second shot. If the breeze is from the north players will have to navigate deep fairway bunkers down the center and right side of the fairway.

 

This slight double dog-leg par 5 is sure to be a pivotal hole in deciding the championship. A tee shot that finds the fairway will give the player the choice to risk going for the green over the water on the left or to lay up short of the fairway bunker and have a wedge in. The green sits back and behind the water on the left, guarded on all sides by greenside bunkers

This seemingly harmless hole has a few tricks up its sleeves. The green falls off dramatically on all sides making the players hit to the center of the green. Once on the putting surface the ridges and back to front sloping nature make this a good hole to two putt and move on.

The finishing hole is an early dog-leg left. Players will need to start the ball right of the big tree on the left side of the start of the fairway. Once in the fairway, players will need to place the ball on the correct level of this two-tiered green complex.

Hole #1 340 yds Par 4
Hole #2 221 yds Par 3
Hole #3 474 yds Par 4
Hole #4 542 yds Par 5
Hole #5 434 yds Par 4
Hole #6 162 yds Par 3
Hole #7 460 yds Par 4
Hole #8 158 yds Par 3
Hole #9 372 yds Par 4
Hole #10 205 yds Par 3
Hole #11 414 yds Par 4
Hole #12 501 yds Par 5
Hole #13 483 yds Par 4
Hole #14 385 yds Par 4
Hole #15 340 yds Par 4
Hole #16 555 yds Par 5
Hole #17 185 yds Par 3
Hole #18 414 yds 4

Hole 1

Hole #1 340 yds Par 4

This short straight away par four eases the players into their round. The tee shot only requires a long iron to layup short of the creek that crosses the fairway leaving a short iron or less in to the green.

Hole 2

Hole #2 221 yds Par 3

This long par three forces the players to have extreme control of their long irons. The green is guarded by two bunkers in front and large mounds and ridges throughout the putting surface.

Hole 3

Hole #3 474 yds Par 4

On this par 4 it is imperative that the players find the fairway. The creek that crosses the fairway may take driver out of the hands of some players, but the second shot is lengthy to a slightly elevated green.

Hole 4

Hole #4 542 yds Par 5

This shorter par 5 is easily reachable in two if the tee shot finds the fairway. A bunker guards the left side of the layup area while two greenside bunkers help protect the green.

Hole 5

Hole #5 434 yds Par 4

This par 4 is the third hole on the front nine where the creek cuts across the fairway. Players will need to make sure to stay short of the creek leaving themselves a short iron or wedge into this back to front sloping green.

Hole 6

Hole #6 162 yds Par 3

This par 3 is drastically elevated, players will only be able to see the top of the flag from the tee. This elevation change will make the shorter par 3 play much longer.

Hole 7

Hole #7 460 yds Par 4

The tee box sits high above the fairway creating the illusion that the ball will certainly carry the fairway bunker. Once off the tee players will have to hit back up hill to an elevated green that is heavily guarded with bunkers.

Hole 8

Hole #8 158 yds Par 3

This short par 3 looks to be an easy hole from the tee. The green is guarded by a couple green side bunkers but the real defense this hole has is the slopes and mounds on the green. This green is the hole’s main line of defense. Players will be happy to two-putt and get on to the next tee.

Hole 9

Hole #9 372 yds Par 4

The view from this elevated tee gives the players a false sense of safety making the landing area seem much larger than it truly is. With out of bounds down the right and bunkers in the fairway, an accurate tee shot is needed to set up an easy approach to an elevated green.

Hole 10

Hole #10 205 yds Par 3

The tee-box is nestled up against the clubhouse giving spectators an up-close view of the players as they navigate this par 3. With long iron in hand, players must be precise with their shot placement as the green is cut into the side of a hill and slopes from back left to front right.

Hole 11

Hole #11 414 yds Par 4

This tight dog-leg left requires the players to place their tee shot on the right side of the fairway to be clear of the trees lining the left side of the fairway. The green is protected on the left side by a bunker and a large hill on the right. Players will need a precise second shot to get the ball close to the hole.

Hole 12

Hole #12 501 yds Par 5

The view from the tee-box makes it look like the player’s ball will never land. Hitting from high above the fairway players can bomb it down to a relatively large fairway. The creek crosses in front of the green making players think about the decision to go for this green in two.

Hole 13

Hole #13 483 yds Par 4

This straight away par 4 has more than meets the eye. Heavy trees line both sides of the fairway giving the players no room to bail out. The peaks and valleys in the fairway present another challenge to the players, as there are not very many level stances. Players will need to have complete control of their golf ball on this hole.

Hole 14

Hole #14 385 yds Par 4

This short par 4 only requires a hybrid or long iron off the tee. This hole still has some danger with out of bounds left, heavy trees right, and the creek crossing in front of the green. Players will need to be precise off the tee to have a short iron in hand for their second shot.

Hole 15

Hole #15 340 yds Par 4

This par 4 gives the players options off the tee. If the breeze is from the south players will be able to clear the fairway bunkers and have a short pitch for their second shot. If the breeze is from the north players will have to navigate deep fairway bunkers down the center and right side of the fairway.

 

Hole 16

Hole #16 555 yds Par 5

This slight double dog-leg par 5 is sure to be a pivotal hole in deciding the championship. A tee shot that finds the fairway will give the player the choice to risk going for the green over the water on the left or to lay up short of the fairway bunker and have a wedge in. The green sits back and behind the water on the left, guarded on all sides by greenside bunkers

Hole 17

Hole #17 185 yds Par 3

This seemingly harmless hole has a few tricks up its sleeves. The green falls off dramatically on all sides making the players hit to the center of the green. Once on the putting surface the ridges and back to front sloping nature make this a good hole to two putt and move on.

Hole 18

Hole #18 414 yds 4

The finishing hole is an early dog-leg left. Players will need to start the ball right of the big tree on the left side of the start of the fairway. Once in the fairway, players will need to place the ball on the correct level of this two-tiered green complex.