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Pro's Advice: LEFT is where you want to be off every tee. Hitting your tee shot closer then 140 yds from the green, will give you a severe downhill lie....so lay back on the left to give yourself the best shot. The landing zone is flat, but one that can be expensive if you are on the right on the hillside. The green is 30 ft lower than the fairway at 150 yds. Overshooting your second shot here could be a severe penalty and should be avoided!
Naturalist's Advice: Teeing off a high knoll, you get your first view of the climax hemlock/yellow birch virgin forest on the right. The cart path offers glimpses into the dark depths of the virgin timber. On a warm sunny day, you can feel the coolness from within; on a cloudy day you can see the contrast of deep hemlock green, light fern green and shiny golden trunks. The foremost purple tee also has a younger, smaller stand of hemlock on the left. The gold/green tees are shared with magnificent Yellow Birch on the right. Yellow Birch is a long lived hardwood, that is often found with hemlock trees in our Northwoods. Recognize it by the golden bark, shinier at the top than at the bottom in older trees. Yellow Birch often looks as if it is dying, with bare branches and few leaves, but it is very hardy and will struggle on like this for a half a century! The wood makes magnificent veneer for cabinets and is very valuable to loggers. The Ross family have refused offers to log these yellow birch many times in the last decades. On Teal Wing, a yellow birch always gets preferred consideration over other species because of rarity and Fall beauty. We like the glorious blaze of bright yellow early in the Fall, one of the first to turn. Over the crest and slightly to the right the green trunks in by the wetland, adjacent to the river swamps, the giant ferns, shaded by spruce that circle the bog. The wooded hillside on your right shelters the ongoing cart path, with your first ride through the maple woods with young maple sapling undergrowth.