The original 18-holes at Trappers Turn were the result of a partnership between two-time US Open winner Andy North and architect Roger Packard back in 1991. Ten years later, Kalahari Resorts - famed for its indoor and outdoor water parks - opened for business five miles to the south, just as another nine holes were being added to the layout.
The arrival of Kalahari on the local leisure scene would have a big impact on the golf club because, within five years, the owners of the 27-hole golf facility would sell out to the resort, allowing for even further investment in the course.
The Lake nine formed most of the original front nine fairways on the first course and, as its name suggests, water plays a large part in proceedings here, around Mystic Lake. The par five 9th is a wonderful way to finish this loop, water stretching all the way down the right side of a fairway that leads to a green protected in front by a small creek.
The Canyon nine were the old back nine and many of the holes here are carved through woodland. Many regard the 158-yard 7th as one of the best holes on the property. Even though there are no protecting bunkers around the green, the undulating contours of the putting surface make scoring a par three here far from a formality.
The new Arbor nine were created by the same design team of North and Packard and the 6th is a particularly challenging par four. The drive is from an elevated position that offers a perfect view of the main hazard on the hole - marshland down the left side that encroaches back onto the fairway and must be carried some 130 yards short of the green.