The Course

The 3138 yard front nine features a traditional layout tree lined throughout. Because of its early construction and virtually unchanged design, the front nine relies heavily on its very small push-up greens to provide difficulty for scoring. The front nine is also highlighted by some moderate to severe elevation changes which greatly add to the challenge. The original nine is nestled in the natural terrain surrounded by a thick forest of Ponderosa pine, oak, and Black Hills spruce trees.

In 1988, the Spearfish Canyon Golf Club became the only 18-hole golf course in the Northern Black Hills. Unlike the original nine, the back nine employs a modern design with an oak-laden creek bed which enhances natural definition. The 3529 yard links-style layout features rolling hills and large greens, producing different challenges from those of the original nine.
 

  #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Out
Blue 548 122 444 198 258 417 397 193 561 3138
White 534 107 429 182 244 405 387 172 534 2994
Gold 524 107 328 133 244 335 365 141 534 2711
Red 462 104 328 103 240 330 311 110 534 2522
Handicap 4 18 6 12 16 8 2 14 10  
Par 5 3 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 35

 

  #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 In Total
Blue 402 187 564 431 415 498 216 400 416 3529 6667
White 391 170 497 412 395 488 192 388 403 3336 6330
Gold 315 167 440 351 341 388 161 328 338 2829 5540
Red 310 163 431 343 331 388 153 318 333 2770 5292
Handicap 9 15 7 5 1 3 11 13 17    
Par 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 71

This lengthy par 5 is one of the toughest holes on the original 9.  Framed by a hazard up the left side and mature Ponderosa pines on the right, a tee shot in the fairway is a premium.  The sharp dogleg at about 125 yards from the green can be bypassed by a long tee ball up the right center and an aggressive second over the trees.  If forced to lay up, favor the right side of the fairway.  Be sure to keep the ball below the hole on your approach and take special care to not hit it over the green.

Although very short, this par 3 does not lack in zest.  The front of the green is protected on both sides by bunkers.  A moderate back to front slope on the putting surface puts an emphasis on the importance of placing your ball below the hole.  The small size and push-up style of the green make it very difficult to execute an up and down if your tee shot goes awry.

This long par 4 is the second most difficult par 4 on the front 9.  A moderate dogleg at the 200 yard marker can be avoided by an aggressive, long tee shot over the trees.  Pay special attention, however, to the pine trees to the right as escape from jail is unlikely.  This green is one of the flattest on the entire golf course.  Be aggressive with your approach as the green is wide open.

This par 3 employs a green wih an extreme slope back to front.  Make sure to play a yardage to the front of the green as hitting it over this green is absolutely lethal.  Be careful not to underestimate the large oak tere on the right and pay special attention to the water hazard short and to the right.  Playing from the front left bunker is generally unproblematic.  

Don't let the yardage fool you, this par 4 is straight uphill.  The classic risk vs. reward hole...be very caeful with your line if you attempt to drive the green.  If laying up, do so to a comfortable yardage as this green might be the smallest in the state.  You have help on your approach with the slope behind the green but be careful...the wall is considered the out-of-bounds boundary.

What you see is what you get.  Place your tee shot anywhere to the left of the crest of the hill on the right and you will be fine.  Be carefull not to drive it too far as the water hazard meanders through the fairway about 100 yards from the green.  Bombs away for the big hitters...just make sure to favor the right side. This green has an aggressive false front and false edge, and is very flat on the top, making it difficult to hold your approach.  Play a yardage to the front of the green as immediately behind the surface is a group of Ponderosa pine trees.

The yardage is misleading as this par 4 is straight up the mountain, making this the toughest hole on the front 9.  A sharp dogleg at the 150 marker can only be cheated by the longest hitters.  A tee shot in the fairway is a premium as the approach is very demanding.  This green utilizes a very steep slope back to front, making an up and down prospect very unlikely.  Be sure to keep the ball below the hole on your approach and take special care to not hit it over the green.  Take caution with your lag putts as no one watns a four footer on this hole.

One of the best views on the golf course.  After you get your cameras put away, pay attention to the boxwood hedges on this hole as they are absolute jail.  This green is quite flat and allows for an aggressive approach.  The greenside bunker protects against falling over the hill to the left but is a difficult up and in.  Pay special attention to the canyon winds as they tend to affect the golf ball more than you would guess.

What you see is what you get. Place your tee shot anywhere to the left of the bunker and you will be fine.  Be careful not to leave it to the right as the lateral hazard meanders up the right side.  Bombs away for the big hitters...aim at the big Black Hills Spruce tree up the left side.  Be sure to tkeep the ball below the hole on your approach and take special care to not hit it over the green.

 

Don't let the yardage fool you.  Although driveable, this short par 4 is very tight greenside and visually intimidating from the tee, with out-of-bounds up the right and trouble over the hill on the left.  Just remember there is a lot of room side-to-side.  A tee ball placed just left of the Black Hills Spruce tree will play nicely.  This green is one of the flattest on the entire golf course.  Be aggressive with your approach as the green is wide open.

 

Take about 10% off your yardage as this hole is very downhill.  Although virtually unprotected except for the pot bunker, this green does have a moderate back to front slope and makes up and down somewhat difficult.  Be careful not to hit it over the green as chipping onto a downhill slope from an upslope is never simple.

Saddle up partner.  If you're going to reach this green in two shots...you'll have to get on your horse...twice.  Although under 500 yards in length, this par 5 plays much longer.  Fortunately, it usually plays downwind.  Very straight-forwrad hole.  Pay attention to the hazard on the right at about 150 yards from the green and the pot bunker short/left greenside.  Add 10% to your approach as the uphill slope is steeper than it appears.

Hell's corner starts here.  This long par 4 employs a sharp dogleg about 175 yards from the green.  Place your tee shot up the left center of the fairway and be sure to hit it solid.  The approach to this green is clear-cut, just pay attention to the fall off of the green to the left, right, and front.  This green is pretty level, with some subtle breaks not easily seen.  

The reason this hole is visibly intimidating is because it should be.  It is the most difficult hole on the golf course.  Out-of-bounds up the left side and lateral hazard up the right side.  The fairway slopes gently from left to right making it easy for the familiar slice to get away from you.  On your approach, pay attention to the white stakes left of the cart path.   The green is wide open but quite narrow side to side and has a crown on the left making up and downs lots of fun.  

 

If you can't see that this is a three shot hole, there may be no hope for you.  Favor the left side of the fairway on your tee ball.  Depending on the depth of your tee shot, you may be able to either go over the trees for your second or shoot the gap.  Just be sure to avoid the small grove of ash trees on the right side about 100 yards from the green.  Add a few yards to your approach as it plays uphill.  This green is pretty level, with some subtle breaks not easily seen.

Although somehwat level, this hole does employ a forced carry over a natural valley.  The sharp upslope leading into the green usually prevents a tee shot from bounding forward.  This green is very flat with the exception of the right edge.  You can be very aggressive with your tee ball as the green is wide open.  Be careful with the fall off to the left as the native grass is quite deep.  

Although not a super long par 4, this hole does play uphill.  The hole is framed by cedar trees up the left and right, and doglegs at about the 150 yard marker.  The big hitters can pick a line over the left cedars and let it fly.  Add a few yards to your approach as it plays uphill.  Although a very flat green, subtle breaks make putting a quandary at times.

Heading southeast, this hole generally has a helping wind and the downhill slope makes it play a lot shorter than its yardage.  Play your tee ball down the middle of the two Black Hills Spruce trees.  Pay attention to the fall off to the left and the white stakes to the far right.  Take about 10% off your approach as it is quite downhill.  Be aggressive with your approach as the green is just asking to give up a birdie.