The Spartan course is in the ground, Please sign in at the store first before playng (free to all, until deemed fit for pay TBD). The course is Linx style mostly open and treeless with the main challenges being elevation changes and Mariah (no not Carey, THE Wind).
The explaination and distances (rolled and inaccurate due to terrain, will be lazared and/or GPS'ed) should give you an idea how to get around and play the Spartan.
Hole 1 plays up and over a ridge with OB orchard on you left, 350 feet (1 pin position).
Hole 2 currently in the A (or short postion on top of a hill) plays 300 from long tee and 420 (long to long , B pin staked with OB road behind). All apple tree (lines or orchards are OB, please do not play in there).
Hole 3 has a huge fairway with 2 tees and pins (currently in B), 220(ss),340(sl),370(sl),490(ll).
Hole 4 has lengthing potential for Major tournaments, but current ll (long to long) will be 490 w/OB behind. In A positon sitting proudly on one of the highest hills, enjoy the roll aways or not. 320ss, 410ls, 400sl, 490ll.
Cross the grassy roadway just behind a small stand of trees, for 5 long tee. The hole is in the A , just in front of a bush (very deucable). B position is blind just behind bush approx. 65 feet longer. 280ss,345ls,345sl,410ll.
Tee 6 is slighlty left upon exit of 5, and plays long up to a well, bushy protected green.
Only one pin placement, 395 and 495 are the D's.
Exit left up to the property line for the short deuceable, yet tricky, down hill sidehill #7 currently in the A or short positon. The B or long, gives a beautiful look of the creek, part of what will be the Empire (left of the drainage ditch) and the Indian Land (grassy field). Please do not get to close to the Cliff (no, not the fiscal, I mean the severe drop off behind the B pin which is staked)!235ss,285ls,305sl,355ll
8 is a risk/reward hole currently at 400 feet from current tee (only 1 pin postion planned). Can you bomb it over the Orchard (ob with stroke and distance awaiting a failed attempt) or play down around the left sideof the schul and trees? This is the questions the long arms must answer. The other side of the schul (drainage area) on right (where grass roadway) is the Empire course and OB!
FInally, a par 4,uphill and sidehill measuring 525 from long tee, 450 from short. #9 has only one pin position. OB left will be marked for tournys, to divide #5 from #9. Walking (spectator) path is planned between these holes that will go all the way to prop. line. Hopefully, gazebo will be constructed near the 13's tee (850+? long to the C pin) which can be used in rain / play delays and also for the general public. Grassy road behind 9 is OB.
Exit left, past #5, for #10's long tee near road.
10 is tricky because you can see a pin straight out, which is #11, hopefully a fairway strip has been mowed that shows path to the one blind placement for 10. If #11's pin is 12 o'clock, the direction to 10 might be 2 o'clock. Another way to view this hole is it behind the second knob to the right of the saddle (bush in the middle, between 2 high points). Confused?! be too, anyways plays 405 and 505.
#11's tee is directly behind bushy patch, hyzer up for a birdie 2. 1 placement 260/315.
#12's tee down and to the right, you will have a clear view to the A pin framed by two small bushes. 320ss,370ls,400sl,450ll.
Walk up to the prop. line for the only par 5 on the Spartan, #13 with 2 tees and eventully 3 pin placements, the A is currently behind large bush just before the woods(aka the JUNGLE). 550 short to A, 650 long to A, 750? long to B, and 850 long to C (other configurations are par 4's).
14 is presently under construction, but pin is in place, can be seen if you walk up hill to tee off for #15 long tee. (est. d's for 14 250/300). 15 is in B, 220ss,360ls,300sl,440ll.
16 tee is tucked near small stand forcing left to right off tee. This par 4 plays to the B pin uphill to the tree encicled green Royce calls the GLADES. 340ss,530ls,400ss,590ll.
Down to 17 long tee, note Ob will be on both sides, to separate 16,17,18. this par four plays up to as flat landing zone, then steeply up to the current A position. 430ss,530ls,490sl,590ll. Long pin will need some old grove trees removed.
Finally you have reached #18, the "TOP OF THE FARM" hole, with Ob road left, Ob TBD right. Time to unload, 340 to A, 600 to B and 750 to C (rolled d's mind you). The C will play as a difficuly par 4 with a blind second to a turtle's back green, if your first can not make drive up to the ridge (along B).
Short to Short Course is a par 55. (rolled at 6000)
Long to Short is par 57 over 6500 feet (rolled at 7000)
Short to Long is par 56 (rolled at 6660)
Long to Long is par 60 (rolled at 8725 feet).
Enjoy and hope to see you all out there Sunday November 18 - #304