Hole 1: Par 4
Hole #1 is the perfect way to begin your round. This short Par 4 allows the player to ease into his day…and maybe do so with a birdie.
Hole 2: Par 5
The second hole offers the player an opportunity to swing for the fences, with a generously wide fairway and a green reachable in two, birdies are there for the taking.
While a relatively benign hole for the men, #2 is a formidable par 4 for women and rates as one of the course’s more difficult holes from the red tees.
Hole 3: Par 4
The third hole, while short in distance, is deceptively hard. A slight dogleg right, this par 4 requires the player to shape the ball off the tee. With Out of Bounds right and trees to the left, accuracy is rewarded with a short-iron second shot and an opportunity for birdie. But with a large, steep green, two-putting is never as easy as it may seem.
Hole 4: Par 3
Although a Par 3, don’t pull that iron out of your bag just yet. This 208 yard masterpiece is one of, if not the most difficult hole on the course. Even if you’re lucky enough to hit this green from the tee, the real work begins on a green which brings three and four putts into play.
Hole 5: Par 4
Risk is rewarded on this Par 4. Big hitters can try to cut this corner and give themselves a short-iron second shot, but most will be forced to play conventionally, leaving a mid to long-iron approach to a green surrounded by two challenging bunkers.
Four is a very good score here!
Hole 6: Par 5
Known as “Lone Fir,” this double dog-leg Par 5 takes both distance and accuracy to be successful. While the tee shot tends to be very forgiving, the second shot forces the player to choose between conservative and aggressive, with the difference equalling a third shot of either 50 yards and in, or nearly 150 yards.
One of the best Par 5’s in Oregon.
Hole 7: Par 3
This uphill Par 3 is surrounded by trees and bunkers, putting an emphasis on hitting the green in regulation. While not long, birdies can be had, but like most holes at Forest Hills, a stray shot will certainly punish.
Hole 8: Par 4
A relatively straight-forward Par 4, the eighth hole starts in a narrow shute of trees and ends atop a bluff overlooking a pond. A deep bunker protects the green, while anything over the green will surely cost you a shot…at least.
Hole 9: Par 4
Popularly thought of as one of the most difficult ninth holes in the state, this Par 4 is long and requires two solid shots to reach the green. An uphill tee shot results in little roll, and a similar second shot to a green protected by bunkers offers a formidable challenge to golfers of all levels.
Hole 10: Par 4
With Out of Bounds all the way up the left side of this Par 4, tee shots tend to go right. With a small green set atop a hill, errant approach shots will almost certainly result in over-par scores.
Any shot right of this green generally collects at the base of the “Double Bogey” trees…appropriately named.
Hole 11: Par 3
A signature Par 3, this downhill hole is protected by a pond short and surrounded by bunkers short and left. A two-tiered green awaits balls lucky enough to reach the green, so don’t think your work is done when safely on the dance floor.
Hole 12: Par 5
This short Par 5 dangles opportunity while simultaneously providing danger. With Out of Bounds all the way up the left side of this gem, the golfer is forever reminded of the result a stray shot will bring.
There’s a fine line between birdie and double bogey.
Hole 13: Par 3
On the scorecard, this Par 3 is the easiest on the course, but like most holes at Forest Hills, even the simplest designs can leave their mark if taken for granted.
Hole 14: Par 4
In the right conditions, big hitters can take a whack at this short Par 4, but with reward always comes risk, and in this case risk comes in the way of Out of Bounds and trees.
Hole 15: Par 5
Called “Downwind,” the 15th hole is the second of three Par 5’s on the back nine. At 496 yards, two big hits can leave you with an eagle putt, but a leaky drive to the right will put you in a fairway bunker and probably struggling for par.
Hole 16: Par 4
Hole #16 begins a two-hole stretch which can make or break your round. The tee shot requires a lay-up of about 240 yards short of a pond, leaving you with a little over a 100 yard second shot. A tiny green awaits, with any miss resulting in a tough up-and-down.
Buckle the boot straps, this one’s hard work.
Hole 17: Par 3
A favorite of the owners, the 17th hole is a formidable test and one of the signature holes at Forest Hills. It calls for a middle to long iron into a smallish green, with water short and a natural ampitheatre beyond the green.
Par is always a good score on this devilish Par 3.
Hole 18: Par 5
A beautiful finishing hole, this dogleg left Par 5 allows the player an opportunity to end his day on a good note.
Birdie will make that post-round refreshment taste that much better.