Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club

Hole by Hole

Steve Elkington Buick Open Golf  Second Round The venue for the 2009 Buick Open is the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan. For directions on how to get to the course, visit our Buick Open travel information.

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The First Nine

Hole 1: Par 5, 567 yards

Reachable in two by the long hitters if playing with normal wind conditions, the opening hole of the Warwick Hills Course offers a good birdie opportunity – but out of bounds on the left and the fairway bunkers make the drive the premium shot. Sam Snead once hit a sand wedge from the front of the green to a back pin position rather than risking a long putt.

Hole 2: Par 4, 431 yards

The 3-wood is a popular club off the tee at the 2nd hole. Down the left side, out of bounds and overhanging trees mark this side of the hole. The second shot is a middle to short iron into a severely sloped green guarded by a bunker on the left. Make par and look for birdies later in the course.

Hole 3: Par 3, 187 yards

Three bunkers and the severe back-to-front slope of the green can make for difficult pin placements. The key is to keep the ball left and below the hole. On this hole in 1962, Butch Baird made the first hole-in-one in Buick Open history with a 2-iron from 203 yards.

Hole 4: Par 4, 401 yards

For patient players, hole 4 provides a birdie chance. A 3-wood down the right side of the fairway should leave a wedge into the smallest green at Warwick Hills. However, in recent years, trees have intruded on the fairway, making the drive one of the must difficult on the Buick Open course. Avoid the fairway bunkers at all costs.

Hole 5: Par 4, 437 yards

Water down the left side may pose a problem depending on the day’s tee position. The right side must be avoided because trees and fairway bunkers wait to swallow up wayward tee shots. A well-placed ball from the tee will be rewarded with a middle to short iron shot into a large, two-tiered green with a back-to-front slope.

Hole 6: Par 4, 421 yards

Although the fairway bunkers appear splendid from the tee, they are not really in play for the drive. The thick trees down the left side are the biggest threat for the tee shot. A well-placed drive down the right side of the fairway will leave a short iron into a large and relatively flat green. There are three greenside bunkers. Putting should not be difficult and birdies should abound.

Hole 7: Par 5, 584 yards

The 7th is the longest of the Warwick Hills course’s par five holes. While the driving area is generous, a tee shot to the right will prevent the player from reaching the green with a second shot. This hole should result in a flurry of birdies in the 2008 Buick Open golf tournament.

Hole 8: Par 3, 199 yards

Tumultuous winds and a severely sloped green make pulling the right club quite difficult on this medium length par three. A typical middle iron tee shot must avoid the left-side bunkers and a downward slope into the trees make bogey a distinct possibility.

Hole 9: Par 4, 434 yards

This hole typically plays against the prevailing wind, and its length has been increased by 21 yards since 2001. There are fairway bunkers on the right. The ideal drive would be one that approaches a downward slope in the fairway, splitting the bunkers on the right and left, leaving a middle to short iron to the green. Once on the green, subtle undulations and a north-sloping grain will make putting complicated.

The Last Nine

Hole 10: Par 4, 401 yards

Number 10 begins a stretch of five holes that should present numerous birdie opportunities. A good drive here will leave a wedge for the second shot. The approach must be left below the hole because the green has a subtle back-to-front slope. In the first round in 1987, Dewey Arnette began his PGA Tour record-tying string of eight consecutive birdies at this hole.

Hole 11: Par 3, 190 yards

Nestled in the trees, the wind on this par three can be difficult to judge and can make the difference between a birdie and a bogey. Trees behind and to the left of the target, as well as the three greenside bunkers, make an errant tee shot difficult to recover from. However, with a successful middle iron tee shot onto the green, a relatively level putting surface offers a good chance at birdie. In 1996, Justin Leonard made a hole-in-one here en route to his first victory on the PGA Tour.

Hole 12: Par 4, 340 yards

Players will use anything from driver to 3-iron off this tee, depending on how aggressively they wish to play the hole. The tee shot must avoid the trees in the right rough. The second shot, which amounts to little more than a pitch, must be stuck close to the pin as any shot that carries over the green will result in a tough flop shot. A must birdie hole.

Hole 13: Par 5, 544 yards

Par here will lose one shot – if not two – to the field. The premium off the tee is to place the drive to the left of the large oak tree that is in the right rough. From there, the player will have approximately 220 yards of all carry to the most severely sloped green at Warwick Hills. Any approach that is slightly pushed will find the water that guards the right front of the green. The hole is the sight of Ben Crenshaw’s’ miracle “upside down, backwards 9-iron” from under the pine tree for a birdie that helped propel him to victory in the 1986 Buick Open. In his 1994 win, Fred Couples played the hole for the week birdie-eagle-eagle-eagle.

Hole 14: Par 4, 322 yards

The last of the back nine’s first five pivotal holes. 14 is an important place to try to squeeze out one more birdie before bearing down for the stretch run. The player must decide between trying to drive the green or laying up in prime position for a short second shot to the large forgiving green. In 1990, Chip Beck made the last of his three consecutive birdies here to come from eight strokes behind after three rounds to win.

Hole 15: Par 4, 457 yards

The 15th is traditionally the most difficult hole of the Buick Open course, especially with wind. Out of bounds and trees on the left force the tee shot to the right side of the fairway, leaving a long to middle iron into the well-bunkered green. A player in position to win should be very happy with a four here.

Hole 16: Par 5, 580 yards

If the tees are up, this hole presents a very good birdie opportunity. Fairway bunkers guard the landing area and the second shot must be carefully played to avoid the dense chute of trees within 200 yards of the green. The green has two shelves and is severely sloped. Overall, it is the last legitimate birdie hole on the Buick Open course.

Hole 17: Par 3, 197 yards

The 17th is perhaps the most picturesque hole on the course and traditionally plays as one of the most difficult par three’s in the Buick Open golf tournament. It is also where the rowdiest crowds can be found at Warwick. The front bunker has been lengthened since 2001, capturing shots that come up short of the green. From the tee, the player must hit a middle iron to a green that subtly slopes toward the water hazard. Missing the green left is particularly bad, as the ball will tend to kick into the woods if it misses both of the bunkers.

Hole 18: Par 4, 435 yards

Water, out of bounds, trees, and bunkers characterise the finishing hole of the Buick Open Course at the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. A player who misses the fairway to the right will have some serious tree trouble. The second shot calls for a long to middle iron into a deceptively undulating green with a traditional Sunday pin placement of back right.