Hole 1 - Anticipation
This 327-yard par 4 hole features an elevated tee-shot to begin your round. For the average golfer, the fairway bunkers do not come into play, but big hitters beware: the bunkers could come into play making a difficult approach shot into the green. Your approach shot must be accurate due to a strategically placed sand trap tucked tight to the right edge of the green. Plus a miss long will result in a water hazard penalty. Once reaching the green you will be pleasantly surprised with the lack of contour to make your putt less stressful. This hole provides the opportunity to start your round off with a birdie, but a wayward drive or approach shot could result in a less-than-desirable beginning.
Hole 2 - Devil's Hill
This is the number one handicap hole on the course. The 312-yard par 4 hole that doglegs right, with a severe elevation change up to a shallow green. A pin-point Tee shot is key. Down clubbing may be beneficial to provide an easier approach shot. Opting for accuracy over distance. With large and numerous trees to the left and right of the fairway, your approach shot needs high trajectory to overcome the severe elevation change into the green. Distance control is a must with a false front green and deep rough to the back. Once on the green, a severe back to front slope will challenge even the best golfers. An aggressive putt may find yourself chipping for your next shot. Par is a great score for this hole.
Hole 3 - Kelly's Luck
Hole 3, “Kelly’s Luck” is named after Merrill Kelly who is the only golfer to record an Ace from the 237-yard Tee box. With the out of bounds long and right, this tee shot will unnerve even the most accurate of golfers. Off the tee, a miss short is your safest play. A tee shot flown to the pin with a long iron or wood may not hold, resulting in going over the green costing an out of bounds penalty. This two-tiered green has a significant front to back slope with a severe fall off to the right side. This provides a trick finish to a very difficult Par 3. Once again, a Par is a good score.
Hole 4 - Firethorn
This straight 290 yard Par 4 named Firethorn is protected on both sides of the fairway by mature evergreen trees. This is a reachable par 4 off the tee but focusing on ball placement over distance is essential. You will want to leave your tee shot short of the downhill slope beginning 65 yards from the front of the green. A false front with a severely sloping back to front green, forces you to hit a precise approach shot. If you go over the green, your return chip is virtually impossible to hold. Out of all of Sunny Brae’s greens, Firethorns has the most severe slope. Once on the green, your adventures have just begun.
Hole 5 - Precipice
Hole 5 begins sunny braes version of Amen corner where the next series of holes allow for a chance of lower scores. However, it also is the stretch of holes where the Cedar river comes into play on virtually every shot. This drivable par 4 provides an elevated tee box of nearly 70 ft putting an extreme emphasis on accuracy. For the average length golfer, the approach shot should leave you with a short iron shot. Again accuracy is key due to the large plush grass traps that surround the entire green. One of the larger greens at sunny brae number 5 offers a 2 tiered green with many subtle breaks that offer a very difficult putting surface. Properly placed golf shots will allow a great opportunity for a birdie. However, penalties abound for wayward shots
Hole 6 - Cedar Crossing
Hole number 6 offers several different teeing options for 125 yards to 180 yards. But choose wisely, due to the Cedar River dividing the tee box and green entirely, this leaves little room for error. From the nearest tee “Cedars Crossing” provides your best opportunity for a hole in one. 75 of the 105 of the hole in ones that have occurred at sunny brae, happened on Hole 6. This is by far the largest green and it possesses the most severe and frequent breaks of any green at Sunny Brae. With the water hazards and undulating green, a par on this hole is a good score.
Hole 7 - Cedar's Bend
A 300 Yard par 4, named “Cedar’s Bend” offers an intimidating tee shot with the Cedar River directly in front and lining the entire right side of the fairway. Causing slicers serious anxiety, a miss left is the correct play. However, with large mature trees tucked left of the green, a fine line between left and too far left could cause problems with your approach shot. With a well-struck tee shot your approach shot should be left with a mid to short iron. Due to a severe left to right sloping green, a miss short is the correct play. A miss left or long provides a virtually impossible up and down. A strategically placed grass trap right of the green an accurate shot is a must. With a severe left to right slope, the green provides for challenging putts. Only, the surest golfer will allow for gimmes here.