The 2012 US Women’s Open was held at Blackwolf Run and the Championship course comprised the back nine of the Meadow Valleys layout (which features water on the last three holes) plus holes 1-4 and 14-18 of the River course.
Meadow Valley starts with a welcoming par 4. Water right so favor the left off the tee. The 2nd hole is a demanding par four. Favor the right side off the tee. The green is elevated on sits on a ledge. If you are short good luck with the up and down, my advice take an extra club. The 3rd appears to be a gimme par three, not sure how we all managed to bogey it. Two bunkers left and right. The first par 5 is a good risk reward hole. A quasi split fairway, left is safe and right affords the oppty to go for it albeit with a blind shot. The short 5th is also a birdie oppty. Favor right center off the tee. The approach will be between trees on both sides. The S shaped 6th is a beast. Favor the left off the tee and on the approach. This is a deep green and the greenside bunker right is not user friendly. The 7th is a short par five and definitely birdieable. Favor left of center off the tee. Anything over the middle pot bunker will set up a flip wedge. The 8th is a long par 3 with water left. Pay particular attention to the pin location as this is a very deep green. The front ends with a long dogleg right with water on the right from about 180 yards in. This is another very deep green.
The back started off with my least favorite hole. A short dogleg right, do not try to be a hero and fly the elbow. Be sane and hit an iron or a utility down the left center to set up a short iron approach. On the approach favor the right as there is a severe drop to the left. The 11th is a short par 5, but it is uphill and will be difficult to get home in two. The landing area narrows the closer one gets to the green. Bunkers left and right, but still a decent birdie hole. The 12th is a tough hole. Slight dogleg left. Off the tee aim just left of the bunkers on the right. On your approach stay right, left does not have a happy ending. The 13th is also a dogleg left. Short hole, may want to leave the driver in the bag. A severely elevated green, take an extra club. The 14th is a long dogleg right. Off the tee favor the right side. The approach is tricky, downhill to a green that is protected by bunkers and the creek. Take one less club. The 15th is a long par three. Short and left is death. The good news is this another very large green, the bad news is the swale running across the entire green from the back to the front. The last par five is a good birdie oppty, but only the stoutest of the stout will get home in two. Right center is best off the tee as the moguls left are debilitating. For the 2nd shot favor the left side as there is a BAB on the right side. The 17th is rated the easiest on the course. It is protected by two large tress, one left and one right. Short and left is NG. The finishing hole can reach out and grab you. There are two greens. Favor the right side off the tee and you will still have a long approach over the river. Good closing hole.