"The very difficult stretch of starting holes needs to be accepted for what it is," designer Doak suggests. "Even a good player is likely to be a couple over par in the first five holes. But as long as he doesn't let it bother him, there are a lot of potential birdie holes to make up for it later on. None of the par-5 holes is long, but all of them are better played conservatively for birdies and pars instead of trying to attack them for eagles. There are also four short par-4 holes which give you a chance to hit a wedge shot close to the hole, and two of the par-3 holes are short as well.
Two of Doak's favorite holes at Black Forest are the 10th and the 13th. No. 10 is a slightly downhill 547-yard par-5 with relatively few bunkers but multiple strategic options. About 150 yards from the green are a pair of "goal post" trees, one or both of which must be contended with irrespective of where you place your tee shot. "I love the second shot on the 10th," Doak describes, "where you have to play through the gap between maple trees on either side - the further down the fairway you're trying to go, the tougher the shot."
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