Hole #9, Par 4
There’s an interesting story behind the tree that looks as if it’s growing in the fairway. It goes back to the construction days when one of the original founders, Lou Ruscilli, our first president, said to architect Jack Kidwell, “There’s a tree in this fairway”, to which Jack replied in his deep baritone voice, “Louie, that tree is an INTEGRAL part of this golf course”. A plaque to Louie at its base now marks that tree.
A nice draw (for a right hander) around Louie’s tree usually will leave you with a good, unobstructed look at the green. Don’t let the rather short yardage lull you into thinking number nine is a pushover. The hole is tree lined on both sides from tee to green, slight dog-leg left, and the fairway is sloped left to right in the landing area. This hole offers the player many choices from the tee. Some players will choose a long iron, others a fairway- wood, and the courageous will pull out a driver. Regardless of your choice, your tee shot must be well played or your next shot might be played from the trees. The green slopes severely back to front and is protected by three bunkers, a large one on the right, another large one on the back and a small, but interesting pot bunker at the front. Putts from the top right to a cup near the bottom left of the green often will have eight to ten feet of right to left break. Short but sporty par four. Makes you think.