Par-5 first selected as one of the ‘Great Holes of the Northwest’
In the September 2023 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-5 first hole at RedHawk Golf Course in Nampa, Idaho is recognized as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running golf publication.
A benevolent opening hole, this par-5 is spread out in full view from the tee box. Although there is trouble left and right, swing away on the tee shot, relying on the bowled landing area to propel the ball forward to safety.
Long hitters will have the chance to reach the green in two, but will still need to contend with bunkers short-left, front and back-left, with a grass bunker in front kicking the ball in awkward directions. The turtle back-shaped green is perched on a knob, which puts an emphasis on accuracy. A good short game will be necessary.
Designed by Gene Bates and originally opened in 2009, RedHawk Golf Course was re-opened in 2014 and has already been the site of numerous state and regional championships. It has hosted the 2015 PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur, and has twice hosted the Idaho State High School Championship (2016, 2022), twice hosted the Idaho State Junior Championship (2014, 2022); and the 2018 Carter Cup. RedHawk has also hosted USGA national championship qualifiers for the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, and U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. On Sept 9-10 it will be the site of the IGA Four-Ball Championship for the second time (previously held there in 2018).
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