Tad Holloway, Rifle Creek Golf Course | PostIndependent.com

Tad Holloway, Rifle Creek Golf Course

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Describe your course in your own words: Its basically two different golf courses. The front nine is a very traditional golf course short, tricky greens with a little bit of water. It looks like you should shoot nothing shoot more than expect. It looks easy, plays hard.The backside is one of most picturesque golf courses Ive played nice and tight. You have to use every club in your bag and there are a lot of risk-reward shots. Its a nine you can play time and time and time again and never get tired of it.What is your favorite hole or feature of your course? The tee shot on 16. Standing up and looking across the whole valley and knowing the smart play to hit down the middle, but knowing one out of a hundred pull it off and are able to drive the green.What distinguishes your course from any other? I believe the backside because every hole has its own character. Every hole on the backside is a little different.Please describe a great hole-in-one from recent memory: I have actually two. Earlier this spring I was playing with one of the board members Mark Sills on fifth hole. I stood up hit about three feet from hole, tripping about what a great shot I hit. He stands up hits it right in hole and took my glory right away. On hole 15 last year Troy Wilson knocked clear over green and into the trees. (The trees) spit it back out and the ball rolled right into the hole.Please describe your favorite, most scenic or most dramatic elevated tee box plus tips on how best to play it: No. 16 is a par-4 dogleg left. From point A to point B is probably around 300 yards, so lot of people try to knock on green, but, like I said, only one out of 100 pull it off .The smart play would be to hit to the very long, wide fairway where you have about 140 yards to the hole. It takes all the trouble out of play. Or you can try to hit over the little saddle about 200 yards that leaves you about 100 yards (to the hole).Theres really three options: Theres the risk-reward that will lose you more money than it will make you; The safe play, which will never cost you anything; or the happy medium which gives you a good birdie opportunity, but can sometimes bite you.

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