Blue Hills Country Club Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Blue Hills Country Club, Missouri

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The first hole at Blue Hills Country Club is a long par 5 with a slight dogleg left. With five bunkers and a narrow fairway, accuracy off the tee is crucial. Altitude and wind can greatly impact ball flight, so be sure to factor in weather conditions for optimal strategy.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 523 yards

Handicap: 7

Green Area:


Approx Fairway Width:


Has Water:



Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:


Bunker Count:



Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

Low Handicapper:

As a low handicapper, you have the advantage of distance off the tee on this long par 5. With drives averaging over 280 yards, you should be able to reach this green in two shots. However, accuracy is key here as there are five bunkers strategically placed along the fairway and near the green. Aim for the center of the narrow fairway and avoid any unnecessary risks.

Mid Handicapper:

For mid handicappers with an average drive of around 230 yards, playing smart and avoiding hazards will be crucial on this hole. The slight dogleg left can make it tempting to cut corners, but stay conservative off the tee to ensure a clean approach shot onto the green in three strokes.

High Handicapper:

High handicappers should focus on avoiding mistakes rather than trying to make eagles on this challenging par 5. With an average drive of around 200 yards, take a more conservative approach by aiming for the wider part of the fairway and laying up before reaching any hazards near or on the green.

Weather Considerations:

Altitude and wind can greatly affect your ball flight at Blue Hills Country Club. In colder weather conditions with lower altitude, your ball may not travel as far as expected while warmer weather conditions with higher altitude may result in longer drives. Be sure to adjust your club selection accordingly.


With only 1% bunker coverage on this hole, bunkers shouldn't be too much of a concern for any handicap level unless you hit an errant shot into one directly in front or behind you.

In conclusion,

The first hole at Blue Hills Country Club requires strategic play from all handicap levels due to its length and narrow fairway lined with bunkers. Low handicappers should take advantage of their distance off the tee while being mindful of accuracy while mid and high handicappers should prioritize staying out of trouble rather than chasing birdies or eagles. Keep an eye on the weather and adjust your strategy accordingly, and don't let the minimal bunker coverage fool you - errant shots can still find their way into one of the five bunkers on this hole. Good luck!

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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