Hole #1 - Par 4
Arnold sends you out with his signature style hole, a dogleg that turns from right to left. Appearing straight forward, make sure you hit the fairway for the rough can be monstrous.
Hole #2 - Par 5
As you enter some of the thickest vegetation on the course, keep your eye out for the wildlife, including moose. That same foliage could cost you dearly. Try to play this hole conservatively to ensure a lower score.
Hole #3 - Par 3
Arguably the toughest par 3 on the course, stay on your short game to keep the strokes down. There is much more room to land in than what the tee view gives you. Missing short of the green allows for the easiest up and down opportunity!
Hole #4 - Par 4
You've reached the "Amen Corner" as locals like to call the turn away from the heavy creek side vegetation. Your main concerns are to position yourself away from the natural topography along the right side to avoid getting sucked in, and to calculate the prevailing winds. Favoring the left center of the fairway from the tee is the safest play.
Hole #5 - Par 4
A risk/reward hole that allows the longer hitters to drive this green from the tee, this is a great chance to lay up to your favorite distance and make your birdie from the fairway. Positioning your approach shot on the correct tier of the green is critical for a one putt.
Hole #6 - Par 5
A par 5 that is reachable in 2 shots for the longer hitters use the stadium mounding to help your tee shot go the distance to the straight forward green. Beware of the greenside bunkers which can act as magnets.
Hole #7 - Par 4
Off the tee, enjoy the picturesque backdrop of playing in the mountains. Use the Big Sky Chapel (steeple tower) as your target. The approach shot to the green is very receptive with a green that is heavily sloped from back to front. Accuracy is key to not leaving yourself with a tricky chip shot.
Hole #8 - Par 3
As you enter the home stretch of the front nine, you will again be faced with prevailing winds that make holes eight and nine challenging. This is a long tee shot that must be brought in high and soft to be successful. Use the trees behind the green for an aim point.
Hole #9 - Par 4
The uphill grade makes this hole play a bit longer with the wind factor. The vista of Lone Peak is the best feature as you return to the clubhouse.
Hole #10 - Par 4
As Arnold sends you back out onto the back nine, you encounter a strong dogleg to the right. Be ready to play the hole as it is laid out to avoid any relationships with the local condominium owners. Longer hitters can play over the fairway bunker from the tee.
Hole #11 - Par 5
This downhill, downwind par five can be a scoring hole. Favor the right side of the hole off the tee to avoid the lateral hazard left of the fairway. Use the flag in the background to guide you into the small green tucked behind several bunkers.
Hole #12 - Par 4
Playing a conservative shot off the tee to position yourself at the corner of the dogleg right of the fairway bunker will set you up for the sharp turn to the left. Choose your approach club with caution: there is not much room behind the green!
Hole #13 - Par 3
A good solid iron shot will leave you with a birdie opportunity. Picking the right club will avoid a 3 putt as this green is long from front to back.
Hole #14 - Par 4
Favor the right center of the fairway on your tee shot to avoid OB on the left. Leaving yourself below the hole on the approach is essential on this severely contoured green.
Hole #15 - Par 5
Enjoy the view of Lone Peak while also using it as a target off the tee on this long par 5. Remember, the approach shot into the green requires an extra club because of the uphill elevated green. Strong prevailing headwinds will make the next two holes a challenge!
Hole #16 - Par 4
Club selection becomes your most important decision as you start your return home on the final three holes. The tee shot is very demanding so be precise with your target when you address the ball. The fairway bunkers are small but have an attraction to golf balls. Long and right are NOT an option when hitting into this green!
Hole #17 - Par 3
With Lone Peak behind you and the West Fork of the Gallatin on the left as you tee up, this hole provides one of the best reasons why playing Big Sky can be a memorable experience. Take into account a subtle elevation drop when making your club selection as this hole tends to play shorter than the yardage reads.
Hole #18 - Par 4
The narrow fairway keeps you honest off the tee. The approach can be intimidating over the small pond that shortens the fairway and creates quite an obstacle to overcome when attacking the green. Your shot onto the green will be one of your most challenging all day with no room for error around this small green.
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