18 Hole Municipal Golf | Berlin, CT

Yardage Book

Hole by Hole

Hole 1

Hole 1

A demanding first hole by anyone’s standards, this is a three shot hole for even the longest hitters. Two well struck shots should leave a manageable short iron to a large green surrounded by bunkers. Take into consideration that everything drops off sharply right of this green when deciding your approach shot.

Hole 2

Hole 2

This hole is all about tee shot accuracy. It’s best to leave your drive on the right side and past the 150 yard pole if you want any type of clear shot into this green. The trees down the length of the left side make it one of the most difficult holes on the course.

Hole 3

Hole 3

A shorter Par 4 with well positioned bunkers on either side of the fairway that can catch drives if you decide to hit the big stick. The smart play is to hit a three wood short of the cross bunkers and leave yourself with a short iron and a good chance at birdie.

Hole 4

Hole 4

A demanding Par 3 that is well bunkered. Hitting the green here is quite the challenge as this hole is typically into the wind. Par is a good score.

Hole 5

Hole 5

A medium length Par 4 that offers a good chance at birdie if you can keep your drive to the left of the bunker on the right. Stronger players might try to hit a fade around the corner, but be careful because anything right is in jail.

Hole 6

Hole 6

The number one handicap hole on the course is a straight away Par 5. A well positioned drive that avoids the bunkers and a good long iron will allow a chance to steal a birdie. However, this hole is all about the first two shots and avoiding the trouble is quite the task.

Hole 7

Hole 7

Another one of Timberlin’s challenging Par 3’s, this green is surrounded by bunkers and a hazard on the left. It doesn’t play much more than a mid-iron, but crosswinds and a green that slopes from right to left make this hole very challenging. Par here is a great score.

Hole 8

Hole 8

One of two dramatic changes in altitude on the golf course, this is one of the most scenic holes in the area. A long iron or hybrid is the play for most golfers to avoid the fairway bunkers. Longer hitters might try to carry the bunker on the left, but doing so leaves an awkward short approach to a complex green structure that tends to slope off left.

Hole 9

Hole 9

Avoiding the fairway bunker on the right is the key to playing this uphill Par 4 well. The second shot plays about a club longer than the yardage indicates. This green slopes from middle to back so take that into consideration if the flag is past the center.

Hole 10

Hole 10

Widely considered to be the best chance for a birdie on the golf course, this short Par 5 is reachable for the longer hitter. An approach that lands right of this green has a tendency to bounce down and onto the putting surface. If you can avoid the bunkering in the fairway and the deep bunker in front of the green, you should walk away with a good score.

Hole 11

Hole 11

One of the shortest Par 4’s on the course gives you the choice as to how aggressive you wish to be. Play it safe and lay up short of the fairway bunkers off the tee to give yourself a manageable mid-iron in, or for the longer hitters, a driver over the bunkers will leave just a short wedge into the green. Either way, if you find the fairway, this hole is a great opportunity to score.

Hole 12

Hole 12

This is the most picturesque Par 3 on the golf course but don’t let looks fool you, this hole has teeth. The green slants hard from right to left and water lurks in the front and to the left of the green. If you escape this hole with a par, you are ahead of the field.

Hole 13

Hole 13

A very tricky Par 5 with water intersecting the fairway about 245 yards from the White Tees. Driver may not be the play here as this is most definitely a three shot hole. Avoid the fairway bunker on the left with your lay up shot and you should be looking at a good chance for birdie.

Hole 14

Hole 14

The carry over the creek is much longer than it appears on this medium length Par 4. A drive favoring the left side will give you a better chance of ensuring you carry the water, but an aggressive drive down the right will give you the best angle into the green. This green is relatively narrow so an accurate approach is essential.

Hole 15

Hole 15

Regarded by many as the hardest hole on the course, the 15th typically plays straight into the prevailing wind. A big drive down the left side is required if you want a manageable second shot into the green. Make sure you avoid the bunkering on the right side of the fairway and the deep bunker short left of the green or you may be walking away from this hole shaking your head in frustration.

Hole 16

Hole 16

A medium length Par 3 that plays a club longer because the green sits well uphill from the tee. This green is deeper than it looks so taking the longer club is the smart play. Avoid the bunkers here and you will have a good chance of walking away with par or better.

Hole 17

Hole 17

This Par 4 offers the most dramatic elevation change on the course, but don’t let the amazing view fool you, this hole is tough. It is essential to choose the right club off the tee in order to avoid the creek crossing the fairway. Judging the wind and the elevation change is no easy task so choose your shot wisely. The closer to the creek you can get, the easier the second shot becomes but if you’re too greedy you may be left dropping a ball for your next shot.

Hole 18

Hole 18

The final hole at Timberlin is a challenging, uphill dogleg left Par 4. A drive down the right side may be your only way to get a clear shot at the green, but beware of the bunkers just right of the fairway. The green slopes from left to right and has a large bunker that guards the left side.

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