Play Like a Pro
Have you ever wondered how to play like the pros? If so, you are in luck at Martis Camp. Head golf pro Gus Jones demonstrates the correct approach to playing each hole on the Tom Fazio Martis Camp Golf Course in the videos and narrative below.
Individual Hole Descriptions
Hole #1: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 442 Championship Tees – 397
Hole #2: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 478 Championship Tees – 367
Hole #3: Par 3~ Medal Tees – 219 Championship Tees – 195
Hole #4: Par 5~ Medal Tees – 568 Championship Tees – 552
Hole #5: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 520 Championship Tees – 452
Hole #6: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 397 Championship Tees – 387
Hole #7: Par 5~ Medal Tees – 565 Championship Tees – 554
Hole #8: Par 3~Medal Tees – 250 Championship Tees – 208
Hole #9: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 507 Championship Tees – 471
Hole #10: Par 5~ Medal Tees – 642 Championship Tees – 619
The safe play on this hole is to aim slightly left of fairway bunker on the left and let the slope work the ball in to the middle. A long drive can carry the right side bunkers to catch some extra roll, making this hole reachable. The ideal layup on your second shot is as close to the bunker on the left as possible. Favor the left side when going for the green in two. The back two-thirds of this green generally falls away so shots into this green will need to land well short of the pin placement.
Hole #11: Par 4~Medal Tees – 496 Championship Tees – 490
A tee shot right of the fairway bunker is the safe play, leaving a good look down to the green and a good angle; however, you will have a much longer shot in to the green. There is ample room to the right of this green. Pulling the ball left of this green can lead to a difficult up and down out of the green-side bunker. This green is the largest on the course and has a strong contour in the middle right that can help a player by fee a ball to the back left, but can also add challenge when a player has to putt over the contour.
Hole #12: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 443 Championship Tees – 414
The ideal play is to lay-up just short of the fairway bunker. The green is surrounded by trouble with a bunker guarding the front-right side and a steep drop-off on the left and behind the green. This green can be difficult to hold, so most players should choose to try to land the ball on the front of the green as close to the bunker as possible.
Hole #13: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 461 Championship Tees – 441
A difficult par four, which requires well-struck shots on both the drive and the approach. The ideal line favors the right side, leaving the best angle into this small green. The approach is deceptively uphill and the prevailing wind is not always felt. Be sure to carry the deep, front left bunker. The green has sufficient tilt from back to front to hold shots; however, this tilt will create some slippery putts when you are above the hole. There is ample room right of this green and the pitches from this area are not difficult.
Hole #14: Par 3~ Medal Tees – 170 Championship Tees – 158
The shortest hole on the course plays shorter than its yardage. The hole is downhill and often downwind. Although the fronting bunkers appear ominous, shots need to land short of the pin. Play towards the left side of this green to be safe but beware of catching the tree. Subtle contours on the smallest green on the course make putting a challenge.
Hole #15: Par 5~ Medal Tees – 569 Championship Tees – 538
The cross-bunkers make this tee shot visually intimidating, but the heavily contoured fairway makes a tee shot wide and right of the bunkers the safe play. A shot that hugs the bunkers on the left may crest the hill and take advantage of the downhill slope, allowing the player to go for the green in two. If the pin is in the front, the further you can get up this hole on the right side the better. If the pin is in the back right, you may choose to lay up short and in line with the bunker on the left. If you are going for this green in two, it is not necessary to go straight at the green. Aim at the tree just right of the green and let the fairway contour feed the ball to the left. Being on the correct level of this three tiered green is a big plus.
Hole #16: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 314 Championship Tees – 298
This is a drivable par 4 with ample room if the shot is missed in either direction. Aim your tee shot just left of the rock outcropping to the right of the green. If the shot is missed short and right, the pin placement will dictate what shot will need to be played. This complex green is very narrow and has a multitude of contours. A left tee shot will catch the contoured fairway leaving a pitch shot of less than 100 yards to a shallow green over a deep bunker.
Hole #17: Par 3~Medal Tees – 227 Championship Tees – 170
This spectacular but visually intimidating par three set atop a rocky ridge can be challenged with a shot directly at the pin. Alternatively, it can be approached by landing the tee shot short and left of the green. Although there are saving bunkers right of green, missing them will lead to an unplayable lie. Shots missed left of the green have ample room, but getting the ball close to some pin placements can be very challenging.
Hole #18: Par 4~ Medal Tees – 498 Championship Tees – 468
A tee shot just off the right edge of the left fairway bunker is ideal. A longer drive will have to split the bunkers leaving a short iron into the green but the shot will be off a downhill lie. The approach to this green is over a false front and should avoid the deep bunkers to the right, a bunker behind and a swale to the left of the green. The swale is the safest play; however, a steep slope within the green going away from the player will make chips extremely slippery.