Hole 1 / HCP 1 / Par 5 | Blue: 557 | White: 512 | Red: 473

This hole is one of the most difficult par 5 starting holes anywhere. It starts off with water in front of the tee, winding its way down the entire right side of the hole, right to the edge of the green. An errand tee shot here can put you out of bounds past the trees on the left. Keep the ball in the fairway if you want to have a reasonable shot at making par or even birdie. The rough running along the right-hand side of the fairway tends to push the ball towards the water, so slicers beware. The second shot with a fairway wood or long iron is also guarded by water, trees and sand. Big hitters can make it in 2, but that approach shot better have pinpoint accuracy or else. There is water left and right of this green, shared with hole number 8. Because this green is so well guarded, your best bet is to play it safe on your 2nd shot, leaving yourself a short iron approach. Make a 5 here and you are off to a great start with a par on the number 1 handicap hole. Take a chance and miss your mark - and you'll be heading to the 2nd tee 2 or 3 over to start the day.

Hole 2 / HCP 15 / Par 3 | Blue: 158 | White: 139 | Red: 122

Hole number 2, the first of 6 par 3's at Deep Creek, looks like a no-brainer but don't be too sure. Hit the green with your tee shot and you will most likely par. Miss the green and your short game skills may be challenged by one of 3 deep green-side bunkers and some of the toughest rough found on this course. This is a very large and undulating green, so you want to get it close off the tee if you plan to birdie. Hope to get a good pin placement, and again, land it close or you'll have a tricky 2-putt on your hands.

Hole 3 / HCP 5 / Par 4 | Blue: 395 | White: 348 | Red: 273

The course has provided you with a nice wide landing area for your tee shot. You can grip it and rip it, but just be sure to stay in the fairway. The entire left side boundary of the fairway is out of bounds and balls hit left will run further left. Water lines about 1/3 of the right side of this hole and a bad slice over the water will tend to work the ball back into the pond, if you make it over initially. The smart play is to hit to the 150 marker and then come in with a short iron to the green. If you're off a bit on your approach shot, it's better to miss to the right than miss to the left.

Hole 4 / HCP 13 / Par 4 | Blue: 338 | White: 303 | Red: 291

Hole number 4 is a good birdie hole if you play this dogleg-left smart. Big hitters will be tempted to fly the pond located just in front of the green, but you're looking at about a 300 yard carry from the back tees. It's been done, but it's rarely seen. Hit a mid to long iron off the tee and out into the middle of the fairway and you'll be in perfect position to birdie this short par 4. Be careful with a wood off the tee, because the pond is reachable with a good hit. Stay left with your approach shot if anything, but avoid the deep green-side bunker. If you happen to find the water on your approach shot, there is a drop area located up near the green.

Hole 5 / HCP 7 / Par 3 | Blue: 175 | White: 161 | Red: 147

This hole will play tricks on you, so be cautious. There's not much room for error here, with out-of-bounds lining the entire left side and a pond quickly consuming the 2nd half of the rand-hand side and rear of the hole. If you miss short and left and manage to get into the deep green-side bunker, you'll have a delicate "up and down" to make - staring straight into the pond behind the green. If you miss right at all off the tee you're pretty much doomed, as thick vegetation takes up much of the right side and just past these thick bushes your ball will run down and to the right. Needless to say, you'll most likely find the pond if you push it right.

Hole 6 / HCP 11 / Par 4 | Blue: 348 | White: 322 | Red: 274

The key to this hole is to put the ball in the fairway off the tee. Easier said than done though! The fairway is narrow with native vegetation guarding both sides. Find the fairway off the tee and you will have a short iron approach shot to the green and a good chance at birdie. Big hitters will be tempted once again to drive the green, but you had better be accurate. There's little room for error on hole number 6. Big hits that fall short will often find the bunker short of the green or one of the strategically placed palm trees to get behind. If you miss far left off the tee, be sure to give a shout to the players on 7th tee.

Hole 7 / HCP 9 / Par 3 | Blue: 179 | White: 151 | Red: 126

This can be a tricky par 3 if you don't hit it sweet off the tee. The bunkers that guard this green can be very unfriendly and can be extremely tough to get up and down from. Make a good tee shot and take a par or birdie to the 8th tee to try to equal the task on the 2nd of these challenging back-to-back par 3's. Note also that out-of-bounds lines the entire left side of this hole.

Hole 8 / HCP 17 / Par 3 | Blue: 161 | White: 131 | Red: 112

Hole number 8 shares the green with hole number 1, so if you were smart you may have had a good look at it from the back already. Obviously, the tee shot is key. Avoid missing long and to the right on this hole. There's room left and right of the green, but only water in the back right. It's a straight-on, high-iron shot for a relatively easy par and possible birdie. Putts from the very back of this green will prove to be the toughest of all.

Hole 9 / HCP 3 / Par 5 | Blue: 524 | White: 466 | Red: 417

This hole possesses a huge landing area off the tee, but a tight tee shot to get it there. If you can cut the corner you can get home in two, but it's no easy task. This par 5 starts out as a sharp dogleg-left, then segues into a short dogleg-right, with out-of-bounds down the entire left side of the hole and water guarding the entire right side of the hole. It also possesses one of the largest fairway bunkers on the course and a waste area nearly 150 yards long. The smart play here is to concentrate on getting the ball out into the fat of the fairway off the tee, then hit a safe shot out to the left of the trees, leaving a short iron to the green. It is a definite par hole if played properly. Play it smart and carry a par or maybe birdie into the back nine.

Hole 10 / HCP 6 / Par 5 | Blue: 509 | White: 471 | Red: 443

This dogleg-right Par 5 can be reached in two shots with a good drive over the trees and bunkers seen at the corner of the dogleg. The safe route off this tee is to avoid the out-of-bounds on the right and drive the ball out into this huge fairway. A long iron or fairway wood 2nd shot will leave you a short iron approach shot to the green. Big hitters beware if you miss left of the fairway bunkers. You can easily hit your tee shot through the fairway and into the out-of-bounds that lines the left side of the 2nd leg of the hole. Getting home in 2 will require flying a huge bunker located just in front of the green.

Hole 11 / HCP 14 / Par 3 | Blue: 139 | White: 115 | Red: 101

Avoid the water on the right-hand side and the sand trap to the left of the green and this par 3 hole will give you a chance at a birdie before the two very demanding par 4 twelfth and thirteenth holes. A miss to the right of this green will surely run down and into the water. Out of bounds lines the entire left-hand side of the hole. A miss to the left will require a very delicate chip-shot to save par.

Hole 12 / HCP 10 / Par 4 | Blue: 386 | White: 334 | Red: 309

Hole number 12 provides a large enough landing area off the tee, but you must keep it straight to avoid the scattered palm trees along the left side and the thick shrubbery lining the ride side. A mid to long iron is all you need off the tee here to put yourself in a nice position for par or possible birdie. The green is guarded by a front-right bunker and water to the right as well. OB comes quickly on the left, so being too aggressive with your approach shot could lead to trouble.

Hole 13 / HCP 8 / Par 4 | Blue: 394 | White: 337 | Red: 288

Hole 13, considered to be one of the toughest driving holes at Deep Creek, forces golfers of all levels to make a great tee shot. Water meanders its way down the entire right side of the hole, with deep steep banks luring balls its way. You must carry the waterway's first bend in order to have a shot of reaching the green in two comfortably, but be careful not to drive the ball too far, because the waterway works its way back into the fairway just past the 150 marker. Getting the ball to the 150 marker is the smart play here, leaving a decent approach shot to an undulating green. Be careful not to overshoot this green. It's a tough chip back, as you'll be dealing with a wall of high vegetation.

Hole 14 / HCP 18 / Par 3 | Blue: 125 | White: 104 | Red: 93

Don't be fooled by the yardage here. This is no easy Par 3. Although it can be reached with a very short iron, the green is guarded by two sand traps that make the green look closer, a grass bunker between the sand trap and the green which makes for a tough "up and in", and the green itself is only 15 paces from front to back. The back of this green quickly becomes out-of-bounds, so don't be too aggressive with a back pin placement, unless you're a confident marksman. Aim for the fat of the green to assure yourself of a par.

Hole 15 / HCP 4 / Par 5 | Blue: 538 | White: 503 | Red: 490

The last Par 5 on the course, this dogleg-left can be reached in two only by the longest of hitters. A drive in the fairway, a fairway wood 2nd shot and an accurate short iron approach will give you a shot at birdie before three straight Par 4 holes. It takes a pretty big hit off the tee to carry the left-side bunker and an even bigger hit to carry the trees enough to avoid falling out-of-bounds. Hit a provisional here if you're not sure if you carried the trees far enough. OB lines the entire left side of this hole, so be careful not to get too aggressive with your approach shot, as the left side tilts towards the OB up near the green.

Hole 16 / HCP 12 / Par 4 | Blue: 383 | White: 338 | Red: 303

Hole number 16 is an extreme dogleg-right, giving the bigger hitters the option to drive the ball over the trees to cut down the distance of the approach shot. Beware though of the trees and vegetation scattered along the right side after the turn. A great-looking tee shot can often lead to chipping out onto the fairway and a scramble to make par. If playing it safe and hitting straight out to the fairway, be careful not to drive the ball too long. A mid to long iron will suffice off this tee, leaving a reasonable shot at birdie. Missing the green to the right will be far more friendly than missing to the left. The area on the right side of the green will usually work the ball towards the pin, where missing left will tend to leave you in the greenside bunker if short or run you into the waterway lining the back of the green if long.

Hole 17 / HCP 16 / Par 4 | Blue: 327 | White: 284 | Red: 271

Give yourself a chance to get to the green is the thought for this sharp dogleg-right hole. The long hitters have a chance to bypass the dogleg and go for the green in one with a driver. However, you must carry the ball 256 yards over water, trees and sand to succeed. The conservative approach is to lay-up off the tee with a middle to long iron, keeping the ball on the left side of the fairway to have clear view of the green. A short iron approach to the green will give you a good shot at a birdie before heading to the home hole.

Hole 18 / HCP 2 / Par 4 | Blue: 409 | White: 356 | Red: 327

This is a tough finishing hole, with water meandering its way along the entire left side and OB left once you get to the green. The ideal ball placement with the driver would be right center of the fairway, avoiding the trees and water on the left. A middle iron approach to the green must avoid the sand trap on the right front of the green and out of bounds left of the green. Par is a good score on this difficult hole. Missing the green long here will require a very delicate chip-shot back onto the green and close to the hole.