The Golf Club at Yankee Trace features 27 holes designed by Gene Bates and Matt Swanson. The “Heritage” and “Legend” nines are combined to create the championship routing, which measures more than 7,100 yards from its tips.
There are a number of small creeks that cut across fairways throughout this route, but the most-hyped hazards will certainly be its bunkers, some of the largest in Ohio. The 508-yard No. 6 hole will certainly be a reachable distance for those able to contend with the back tees’ yardage, however the expansive sand pits that trace the entirety of this hole will make most think twice. The closing hole is almost the exact same idea except for a slight drop in yardage (down to 502) and the property’s largest lake hugging the fairway along the right side instead of sand.
This route weave through homes planned around the course, so also consider there may be additional eyes on you before making a regrettable shot choice.
Yankee Trace is a 27 hole facility in Centerville, OH not too far from Dayton. The first hole is a welcoming par 5 that can be reached for those of you who start hot. Avoid the fairway bunkers right in the landing area. The green is protected by three bunkers short right. The 2nd is a dogleg right. No sense trying to cut anything as there is a creek that crosses the fairway about 130 yards out. The 3rd is a short par 3, redan green with large bunker front left. The 4th is a long dogleg left. There is a bunker on the inside elbow. Depending upon your tees I would not advise mucking with it. Middle of the fairway with a long approach to a naked green. The 5th is a fun hole. A short par 4 with a bunker in the middle of the fairway about 60 yards out from the green. The hole leans right and there are four bunkers front right. This hole is taunting you to go for it and for those of you with high cuts, why not? The 6th is a long par five that leans left with bunkers pretty much down the entire left side. They did throw 3 in on the right for entertainment. Favor the right side and play this as a 3 shotter. It is the number one handicap hole, three mediocre shots and you are putting for birdie. I think the long par four 8th is much tougher. Water carry, aim at the right fairway bunker off the tee. The 9th is fairly straight with pinching fairway bunker son the right and left and a green that is protected by two bunkers right.
The back starts with a par four that leans a little right with one of the more generous landing areas a greenside bunker right. The 11th is a good birdie oppty. Short par four that bends left with two fairway bunkers right and one greenside right. The 12th is a big boy par 5 at over 600 yards. The first 400 yards are pretty open but then do not go left, water hazard and bunkers. The longest is followed by the shortest and the number 18 handicap hole. The 14th lists to the right with a fairway bunker left as well as one greenside left. The 15th is pretty straight with lots of trees right. A stream cuts in front about 60 yards in front of the green. I am not ashamed to admit that I hit driver on the 224 yard 16th. The 17th is a long tight par four. The fairway runs out about 150 yards out from the green. The par 5 18th is a good finishing hole. I imagine some big hitters can get home in two, but that was way above my pay grade. Off the tee aim just inside the left fairway bunker. Stay right to avoid the water hazard left and choose your preferred scoring yardage. If the pin is tucked front right don’t be an idiot like me and go for it.
Good value course.