This is a nice par 5 that will offer you the chance to rare-back and bust it. The fairway, like most on this course, is 350 feet wide or wider. We have kept the homesites away from play—well almost. One major feature here is the ample space hat has been given to the course so that you do not get the feeling of hitting through a hallway of fences or homes. You really have to hit it sideways to get into someone’s yard. Difficult, but not impossible. This is another dogleg right at 502 yards from the tips. Cutting the corner will not benefit you much , so play to the left and get into position to layup for a nine iron, or so, into the narrow green. You see the water to the left, but you can’t see the water to the back right, and it’s twenty feet deep.
We might have called this The Ravine but I will let you in on a little design secret. When Bill Johnston and Jim Martin were standing on the hill, next to the deer blind, on Bill’s first visit, the hole was already there. In Bill’s mind that is. Many holes are often thought to have just naturally designed themselves. This hole may have done just that, but placing it into perspective with the other 17 holes takes the work of a true and dedicated designer. Go ahead, take a picture of the hole toward the ravine, but also turn to the left and take a panorama the beautiful valley. It used to be a farmed field. The gold tee does make a nice pedestal for viewing the lakes. The flag tends to blow in all directions making club selection difficult from any of the tees ranging from 187 to 121 yards. Don’t over club; there is water and the ravine beyond the green. Pars won’t come easy on this classic hole.
When the course was first designed there was caboose used for a rest station. This is a long 462 yard, down-wind par 4. The big rocks next to the tee were there, we didn’t try to get that effect, we inherited it. Johnston has used the natural look of rocks throughout the construction of the course. Ther are the natural look, at least at the Hideout. The big hitter will let it fly over the trees on the right and curve it to the center. This will open the green up nicely. The little draw across the fairway is also natural, so we kept it in play.
This difficult 449 yard par 4 traverses through the winding trees on either side of the fairway. This hole requires artistic trajectories of both your tee shot and your second shot if you want to hit the green in regulation. A birdie on this hole will have you saying “so long” to your competition.
You will be able to breathe much easier after a good tee shot on this medium length par 3. But, don’t let the yardage fool you, this hole typically plays into the wind.
Look to the left, see the umbrella tree. A tree lined 386 yard gem. The draw runs across this fairway. Hit it to the left and you might not reach it. It is not a lay-up hole so hit it hard. Look at the bunkering and mounds around the green, they look like foothills. You might notice this feature in many locations. Also, have you noticed the sand bunkers are not impossible to play? That’s fair, and that’s Bill Johnston.
This final hole on this side is the most difficult hole so far. It is a 575 yard par 5 from the tips. Long hitters will have to hit two great shots to clear the billabong (an aussie pond) or have a chance at getting home in two. Most players will need to place their second shot short of the billabong and will be left with 150 to 175 yards to the green.
This long par 5 measures 565 yards from the back tees. Giant oaks stand and sentinels in the fairway offering two routes along the meandering creek on the left side of the fairway. Dense groves of oaks are to the right, so the ample fairway may be the only way to traverse this monster. Johnston designed this to play with the wind so on many days in Brownwood we might get a share of good fortune in making the hole manageable. The elongated green is protected by sand bunkers standing watch and the dreaded creek on the left.
An apt description of this charming and playable 370 yard hole, which winds its way through great homesites laden with trees. Most players will find the opening to the bend in the fairway reachable, so a mid-iron to short-iron will be needed to reach this 5,800 square foot green.
One lone tree remains in the fairway, and though most will not find it a problem, the low draw player may be disconcerted occasionally. A good drive slightly to the left-center of the fairway will be the chosen route. This will open the hole to a mid or long iron. The fairway has a sizable centering bunker which might obscure the green for a dead-center drive, but a giant live oak is hole-high-right to help the golfer opt for the correct club.
The elevated tee will provide a panorama of Stonegate Hill, the Clubhouse and Lake Brownwood if you look backward. Take a moment to enjoy the spectacle of nature. Wild turkeys roam here, look for them. This hole is 381 yards from the gold tees; turning into the south wind will make it play longer. Hit it through the slot of fairway provided and get ready for a tough second shot to the good sized green.
The champion tee built for big hooking hitters will have to get it started out over Prater Pond on the front-right of the green. The water hole comes less into play for each of the tees as you move forward. With the bunker to the left of the green, you must block out the hazards and focus on hitting the green.
A slight dog-leg left par 4 at 420 yards will again test the mettle of al players. A large mound will make the drive to the left imperative. Some quartering winds may make accuracy and club selection a chore. Look for a sprinkler head and our laser measurement will give you an exact distance to the center of the green. The bunkering on this hole will also make par challenging.
This par 3 is a grueling 224 yards from the gold tees. The mound in front of the green makes it look like there are two greens. Just try to run your tee shot up onto the green and avoid the bunker to the right. Par here is a very good score.
In Bill Johnston tradition, each side will be finished with an eagle opportunity. This par 5 may be just too hard to yield many scores so low, but for the intrepid golfer…who knows? Look at those magnificent oaks that encircle the fairway. For most, a long second shot will still place you short of the water in front of the green. A wedge is all that is left for you. But, the fun hasn’t stopped yet; the gigantic green on this hole has some of the most dramatic undulations on the golf course. You will have to emphasize the importance of placing the ball on the same level as the pin.
In West Texas many of the courses are rather flat, but here at The Hideout your ball may be above your feet. Play your drive to the right and let nature bring it back to the center. The water in the background is not in play—really! The green is deceptive, do no let Stonegate Hill fool you on lining up your putt. This is a relatively long 412 yard par 4 and it will play into the wind through most of the year.
You probably saw this tee as you approached the main gate. This hole is not very long, only 374 yards. Remember the water that wasn’t in play on number 1? It is now! It is only 155 yards to carry from the gold tees—into the dominant south wind. Do not go right—that’s OB. In spite of all the apparent difficulty, it truly is a magnificent view. Once over the first body of water, more awaits you to the left of the green which features a babbling water fall.