In the previous post we took a look at the wonderfully rich history of the Wintergreen Resort and a glimpse into how far it’s come. Now let’s take a moment to review the world-renowned golf courses of Devil’s Knob and Stoney Creek. I’ve taken the liberty to give you a hole-by-hole review of each one on both courses. So take a look then grab those clubs and show the golf world what you’re made of!
The Challenge of Devil’s Knob
When the legendary father and son design team of Ellis and Dan Maples began the build for Devil’s Knob, they were faced with the enormous task of pushing through over 1,000-acres of heavily wooded land that had several changes in elevation. Their persistence yielded one of the more beautiful and challenging golf courses you’ll ever come across. They call it “Devil’s Knob” for a reason. This is no easy go.
Front 9: (par 35 – 3,434 yds)
1 – Par 4: 411 yds. Downhill sweep from fairway. Tee shot must clear sloping mounds. Approach is open, but, with huge bunkers surrounding the green.
2 – Par 4: 392 yds. Dogleg left. Danger off tee are long traps aside the landing area. Green slopes back to front with three gaping bunkers and is less than 28 paces deep.
3 – Par 4: 520 yds. Extremely difficult hole. Elevated tee. Hard bank left with trees lining fairway. Shoot for accuracy, not distance. Slightly raised green that’s small and breaks back to front.
4 – Par 3: 160 yds. Slightly uphill and surrounded by trees. Plays well from the right level. Deceptive two-tiered green should be approached from below the hole.
5 – Par 5: 487 yds. Slightly uphill from tee to green. Accuracy is key as trees line fairway. Tempting to go for the green but cavernous bunkers front it. Green also runs hard to the front.
6 – Par 3: 194 yds. You’ll play every bit of it. One trip into the sand left or right and par won’t happen. Short approach will roll back off of the green.
7 – Par 5: 585 yds (longest hole of the course). Rocket blast off the tee to clear the pond then fairway doglegs left. Straight uphill from there. Sand on right, creek on left. Good luck!
8 – Par 3: 200 yds. Magnificent yet evil. Fronting lake. Deep sand. Slick putting green. Consistent breeze. This is beauty and the beast. Play very carefully.
9 – Par 4: 486 yds. Second most difficult hole. Dogleg right, uphill par 4. Requires long tee shot. Putting surface is two-tiered and 30-yards long. Par is difficult and birdie even less likely.
Back 9: (PAR 35 – 3,278 YDS)
10 – Par 5: 571 yds. Downhill from the tee then bends right with large landing area. Tricky second shot where creek crosses fairway. Greens only 20 paces deep. Be careful on this approach.
11 – Par 4: 392 yds. Uphill from the fairway. Tee accuracy is key to survive this monster. Hug the right of the fairway. Green is elevated and no sand but creek does wind this hole.
12 – Par 4: 354 yds. Plays straightaway and slightly uphill from tee to green. Be accurate as trees line fairway. Sand on both sides of green.
13 – Par 4: 380 yds. Uphill, dogleg left. Tee shot accuracy is key to a tight fairway. Rock formation on the right. Green is embraced by traps. Be conservative.
14 – Par 4: 374 yds. Highest point of course. Panoramic view of the Mountains. Enjoy, then focus. Large trees guard fairway left and right. Very narrow green. Party’s over.
15 – Par 3: 185 yds. Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. Green is carved into a forest and is shallow. Putting surface falls abruptly. One miscalculation equals doom.
16 – Par 4: 410 yds. Downhill. Green is fronted by sand. Birdies available from the fairway. Driver off the tee may not be needed.
17 – Par 3: 185 yds. Downhill and played into an angry breeze. Three gaping bunkers surround the green with a creek also awaiting. Say a prayer first.
18 – Par 4: 430 yds. Manageable fairway but 20-yard bunker on the landing area corner. Uphill beast of a green that’s 34 paces long. Now that’s how you end a course!
The Luxury of Stoney Creek
Rees “Open Doctor” Jones had a vision for Stoney Creek and it was simple: to make it one of the more luxuriously designed courses in the world. That’s saying a mouthful considering this is the same renowned golf course architect that redesigned several PGA Tour stops. His mission was realized and to this day Stoney Creek is one of the most wonderful courses to play with three sets of lavish nine-holes awaiting you.
TUCKAHOE: (Par 36 – 3,612 yds)
1 – Par 4: 473 yds. Downhill. Tee shot is key and must avoid lake on the right side. Play down left of fairway as it slopes toward the water hazard. Mounds left and right of putting surface.
2 – Par 4: 354 yds. Uphill. Dogleg right. Roller-coaster fairway. Bevy of traps on the right and the putting surface which also features bunkers front and right. Slick greens 34 paces deep.
3 – Par 5: 564 yds. High risk-reward hole. Downhill. Drive down the left to avoid the 50-yd bunker. Very welcoming green. The Creek runs front of green but still a sure birdie hole.
4 – Par 3: 226 yds. Demands pinpoint accuracy. Sand lines the right. Wetlands on left. Raised and narrow putting surface falls left and rear.
5 – Par 4: 505 yds. Dogleg right. Trees, mounds, and marsh line the right of fairway with three bunkers on the left (deep). Careful off the tee here. Trouble awaits you.
6 – Par 4: 350 yds. Going for green is possible but dangerous. Small green with trees down the right of fairway with thick rough sand on left. More sand and mounds also dare you.
7 – Par 4: 391 yds. Downhill. Six bunkers down left and right of landing area. Small green with water on the right and huge bunker on the left. Don’t be a hero here.
8 – Par 3: 165 yds. Over water which brings wind into equation. Pin position dictates club selection here. Bunker left and deep bunker right. Back tee makes this terrifying yet fun.
9 – Par 5: 584 yds. Dogleg right. Littered with bunkers and mounds. Longest an Stoney Creek. Dozen plus traps line the fairway, play left to survive. Play smart and birdie is yours.
Monocan: (par 36 – 3,469 yds)
1 – Par 5: 570 yds. Dogleg left. Avoid bunkers both sides of fairway. Downhill second shot. Green embraced by several bunkers and Creek fronting it. Birdie nice, but, par is practical.
2 – Par 4: 370 yds. Dogleg left. No fairway bunkers. Creeks stretches the left of it. Raised putting surface. Treacherous bunker fronts it. May require extra stick to make it.
3 – Par 4: 446 yds. Dogleg right. Requires length and accuracy on tee shot. Trees flank right and bunkers guard left. Long putting surface w/ sand left and right. Beware center ridge.
4 – Par 4: 420 yds. Downhill. Tee shot must split trees and sand on the left and trees and mounds on right. Green is well-guarded. Sand on left, bunkers rear, lake on right. Whoa.
5 – Par 3: 171 yds. Carries over the lake. Bunkers and mounds guard rear of putting green that’s only 22 yards long. Par appears easy in three. Key word is “appears”.
6 – Par 4: 373 yds. Gorgeous backdrop of Blue Ridge Mountains. Trees right and left with bunker helps keep you focused off tee. More dual-side mounds and bunkers on approach.
7 – Par 4: 414 yds. Long shot off tee. Bunkers must be cleared at 200-250 yds. Green is accessible and 32 yds long but sand on both sides. Rolls back to front and is slick.
8 – Par 3: 180 yds. Uphill. Brook runs entire left of this hole. Bunkers on each side. Green is 26 yds and fairly flat. Extremely beautiful hope to play with trees surrounding it.
9 – Par 5: 525 yds. VERY intimidating on the tee shot. Tons of trees guard all the way to dogleg right. Don’t be tempted to take green in two. Threatening mounds await your gumption.
Shamokin: (par 36 – 3,546 yds)
1 – Par 4: 442 yds. Dogleg right. Trees guard both sides of fairway. Bunkers on corner of dogleg. Clearing them presents opportunity to shoot for the undulating green.
2 – Par 4: 396 yds. Tight landing area makes for difficult drive. Bunkers and mounds line right and left shrink fairway to 20 paces. Very wide green but not deep w/ bunkers short and deep.
3 – Par 3: 181 yds. Creek winds down the left to eventually front the green. Great chance to reach home in one shot. Extremely small putting surface, though. Best tee shot needed here.
4 – Par 5: 578 yds. Dogleg left. Tight landing area with sand and trees on right. Mounding and more trees on left. Long green but plenty of sand. Massive hole. Shoot for par here.
5 – Par 4: 355 yds. Slight bend to the left. Fairway ends at 100 yds out. Small and undulating green. No fairway bunkers but putting surface guarded like Fort Knox. Luck be with you!
6 – Par 4: 416 yds. Large fairway with no hazards. Invitation to get very aggressive. With length must have accuracy, though. Approach across Creek. Very shallow putting surface.
7 – Par 3: 202 yds. Downhill. Trees surround the green including traps and a bunker. Pause to enjoy mountains in the backdrop (glorious). Now try to focus on the hole, if you can.
8 – Par 5: 355 yds. Dogleft left. Play left off the tee with a blast shot. Three bunkers guard cornier and two on the opposite side. Trees ensure hole narrows as you get closer. Fore!
9 – Par 4: 460 yds. A beast of a finisher. Bends HARD left. Trees and mounds line the fairway. Exceptionally tight landing area. Huge green, though. Sand is left and right. End strong.
After golf like that, who would ever want to leave Wintergreen Resort? Apparently not many as most who visit eventually call this home. Here’s to hoping this review gives you the edge you need over your neighbors. Now let’s get out there and have some Blue Ridge fun!
Until next time,