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No. 15 - Fire Thorn Par 5, 530 yards

2011 Eagles Birdies Pars Bogeys 2x Bogeys Other Avg Rank Pin Placement
5 53 35 3 3 0 4.455 18
4 32 51 12 0 0 4.717 16
1 18 24 6 0 0 4.714 15
1 24 23 1 0 0 4.490 18
Historical Average: 4.79  Historical Rank: 18        

Changes made in the last decade make reaching this par-5 hole in two shots a challenge, but plenty of birdies will be had. A pond guards the green in front, but those who lay up face a hard shot from a downhill lie.

1934 yardage: 485, par 5

Original Intent

"It is not only an interesting three-shot hole, as one will be maneuvering for position from the tee shot onwards, but also a magnificent two-shot hole, as a skillful and courageous player will, aided by a large hillock to the right, be able to pull his second shot around to the green. A pond in front of the green provides the penalty for the long player who fails to make a perfect second shot."
--- Alister Mackenzie

Significant changes

- Pond in front of green enlarged, 1961

- Tee moved back 25-30 yards, 2006

- Tee shifted about 20 yards to golfer's left, 2006

Did it work?

The easiest hole on the golf course still yields plenty of birdies and a few eagles. Wayward drives are now punished by the trees on the right.

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2011 Pin Placements


Firethorn - Pyracantha koidzumii

- Large, thorny evergreen shrub is a member of the rose family.
- Creamy white April blooms are small and plain but profuse.
- Yields thick clusters of orange berries in summer to early winter Spot it on the course.

Spot it on the course
- It grows left of the 15th fairway.

Hole story
- No. 15 was once named Spanish Dagger.

Where and how the plant grows
- Grows fast; can reach 8 to 12 feet high
- Full sun
- Well-drained soil
- High drought tolerance
- Propagation by cuttings
- Plant in low-traffic area to avoid contact with thorns.

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