Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
Holley, NY 14470
Hours of Operation
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The Best Golf Holes of Any Public-Access Course in Upstate!Hickory Ridge Golf Course winds through the woods with some elevation changes, although it’s a great course to walk. The course is fair but, the seriously wayward golfer will visit the woods often. The course has a few tight holes, but most are fairly open. The greens are large and hold well.
On the first hole, a 470-yard par 5, take a driver off the tee and try to hit the center of the fairway. The strong golfer will hit the green with two shots provided he or she avoids the large bunker on the right side of the fairway. For golfers who can’t hit the green in two shots, make sure that you lay up to 100 yards and use your wedge. For most golfers, the first hole is a good chance for a par or birdie.
That’s not the case on the 17th, the number one handicap hole on the course. It’s a 420 yard par-4, a tough dogleg left. The left side of the fairway is a lateral hazard so cutting the corner brings significant risk. The approach is no picnic either due to hitting your second shot off a downhill lie, over a pond, and to an elevated green. There are trees to the left and behind the green and trees to the right; it’s a par 5 for the ladies and the third shot plays off a downhill lie.
The best par-5 on the golf course is the 14th. It’s a 506 yard dogleg right. The slightly crowned fairway makes for a difficult drive. Some strong golfers will hit the green in two shots. However, there’s water on the left side of the green so most golfers will want to lay up and fire at the green with a wedge; one additional challenge is the right-to-left slope of the green. However, bailing out to the right of the green means trees, rough, and the cart path.
“A great course for all skill levels.” - C. Ferguson
Hole number six is the best par-3 on the golf course. Water surrounds the green and down the right side but there’s no easy bailout as there’s a bunker on the left along with some trees. No flag hunting on this hole…even low-handicap golfers aim for the middle of the green and take two putts. At 140 yards, it’s not a long hole, but there’s lots of trouble around.
Par the final three holes at Hickory Ridge and you will leave the course with a smile on your face.
Hole number 16 is a long par 4 and even if you hit a strong drive, you will likely have an approach shot of about 150 to 200 yards into the green; the green is thankfully large, but it slopes quite considerably from right to left and back to front.
As described earlier, hole number 17 is the most difficult hole on the golf course. Accuracy is vital here with the lateral hazard left and trees to the right. Somewhat unique, the final hole is a par-3, 150 yards downhill. If the hole is cut in the middle or left of the green, it might yield a final birdie; the right side of the green has plenty of break. Most times during the season, you’ll have golfers on the deck of the clubhouse watching your progress.
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