Bent Tree Golf Club spreads out over 225 acres of breathtaking views and elevation changes. There is nothing artificial in its concept and design. The natural beauty of its topography and striking mix of prairie grasses and flowers gives the design a perfect marriage of balance and splendor. And with 5 sets of tees, Bent Tree Golf Club is player friendly for all skill levels.
Hole #10 is a uphill par 4 and the elevation change should be kept in mind for your second shot. This is one of the few holes at Bent Tree without sand traps. The fairway is quite wide but narrows as you get closer to the green. A left edge tee shot gives you the clearest view of the green. The right side will give you a blind shot due to the large plateau that obscures your view. The green has several undulations and it will test your putting skills.
Let the fun begin. The next 4 holes will test every aspect of your golf game. Hole #11 is a long, straight par 4 that plays back to the south. Long hitters can reach the green easily in two, but shorter hitters may require three solid shots to get there. The green slopes from right to left and is guarded by two large bunkers on either side. A south wind will make things even more difficult. Hope for a par but if not, take your bogie and move on.
Hole #12 is a spectacular par 5 that plays downhill all the way. Tee shot placement is key here. Too far left or right and you're out of bounds. Hit the fairway with a nice little draw and you can roll a long way. Going for the green in two is very possible but beware of the hazard on the right side near the green as the fairway slopes that direction. The green is protected by two large bunkers. Land in the back bunker, and you have a difficult up and down.
Hole #13 is a short but treacherous par 3. A shot hit just a little right and you're either in one of three deep bunkers or down the hill in the high grass. A shot hit a little too long and you're down another hill in the high prairie grass. A shot hit a little too far left and you're in some more trouble. The green has two tiers and a back pin makes it difficult to get close. Par is an excellent score on this hole.
Hole #14 is a dogleg left and a challenging par 4. Landing your ball on the left side of the fairway gives you the best angle to the green. Go too far right and you can watch your ball travel down a steep hill to a hazard on the right side. Tall prairie grass lines the entire left side of the hole with out of bounds near the green. The green slopes toward the fairway and is guarded by two bunkers. Despite all the obstacles, birdies can be had here.
A favorite amongst Bent Tree golfers is the par 5, hole #15. Enjoy the view as your ball travels from the lofty tee boxes down to the fairway below. Beware of the massive trap that lies in the middle of a split fairway. Landing just left of the trap gives you the best angle to the green and getting there in two is not out of the question. Negotiating the large tree 100 yds from the green is always a challenge. A two tiered green makes any putt tricky.
Hole # 16 is a downhill, driveable par 4 that plays straight north. Although #16 is a short hole, it is not as easy as it looks. Trouble awaits if your ball manages to find the small hill that runs along the left side of the hole. The right side is lined with high prairie grass as well. You may wish to play it safe and hit a mid iron from the tee. This will give you a short iron into a green that slopes from left to right and away from the fairway.
Take a moment to enjoy the spectacular view from the tee box on Hole #17 before you hit your tee shot. This hole is a relatively short par 4 and an excellent chance for birdie if you find the fairway. Two bunkers guard the right side of the fairway but there is plenty of room on the left. A short iron is all that is needed for your approach. Although the green is large and relatively flat, missing left, right or long spells trouble.
Hole #18 is a short but challenging par 3 and a great way to end your round at Bent Tree. A short to mid iron is all that is needed but club selection is key here. Players must clear the water and trap to hit a shallow, flat green that is surrounded by high prairie grass to the left and behind. Hit the middle of the green, and you have an excellent chance at birdie.