Pro's Advice: A gentle uphill but long finishing hole, nicknamed "Boot Hill" for the long terminal ride of western cowboys! Gold plays out of a narrow chute, more forward tees are more open. The boulder you see in front of you is like a gunsight-getting over it will set you up for a lay-up second shot, but hitting the boulder will feel like you just shot yourself in the foot. From the gold tees it is 225 yards away. A stringer of three sand traps near the green on your left should encourage you to play right-hillier, but better than buried in deep traps. Finally, climb the steeper slope to the clubhouse, parallel tothe entry road, where the eighteenth green perches on the hilltop.
Naturalist's Advice: Most golfers never look back, especially once the last of the group has played, whatever the tee-they are looking ahead to their landing spot. So most golfers will remain unaware of the intimate, wooded Ross' family grave yard on your right, where two generations are interned. When someone asked Tim about this, he replied all those buried here were hospitality/resort folk and would be delighted to know you were enjoying their woods! The fairway curves gently to the right, passing huge trees that had already spread their branches before the golf course was contemplated. The landing zone area here was cleared again in the 1910's to provide space for the first assembling of log cabins and main lodge. Like lincoln logs, they brought in the logs, cut doors and windows, numbered them, disassembled, and moved them in to build Big Pine, Hemlock, and the Main Lodge. This was a Finnish crew, with Finnish building methods, which was recently everified by modern Finnish tourists.