Copper Hills Tips: Hole #1 on the Hill Course

Who couldn’t use a few pointers now and then? Our resident Golf Professional Alex knows the ins and outs of Copper Hills and shares a few tips with us on how to get off to a solid start by taking on Hole #1 on the Hill Course. Hole #1 is a Par 5. We have five sets of tees to choose from according to your handicap and the recommendation for Hole #1 is the blue set for this 536 yards hole.

Shot 1: Club – Driver

shot 1, hill course, oxford, oakland county

A player’s tee shot should favor the left side of the fairway to give them the best angle for their second shot. For the long hitters a good tee shot can possibly set them up for a chance to reach in 2 but it’s high-risk, high-reward because if a player comes up short,  the 1st green is surrounded by a pond – anything short and the player is in trouble.


Shot 2: Club – Hybrid (Windy Conditions)

shot #2, hill course, oxford, michiganPlayer should use long iron to mid iron for ideal layup. For most players, the 1st hole plays as a three-shot hole forcing most to lay up short of the water and trying to get up and down for birdie from there.  A player should aim for his second shot to favor the left side of the fairway, giving them a comfortable iron shot into the green for their 3rd shot.

Shot 3: Club – 8 (Windy Conditions)

shot #3, hill course, oxford, michiganPlayers should usually have anywhere from a 9 iron to a pitching wedge into the green for their 3rd shot. Look to aim center green and make sure to grab enough club because short is still the water hazard.

Shot 4: Club – Putter

putt  hill course, oxford, michiganIdeally, player should be on the green in 3 and have a good shot at a 2 putt for a stress-free par and maybe a chance for 4. We’re looking to be in the Hole at 5 and walking off with a solid par to start your game.