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Must Plays: Hickory Ridge Golf Club
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 07/8/2015

Must Plays: Hickory Ridge Golf Club
Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst, Ma. is full of interesting holes.
The first at Hickory Ridge is a medium-length, 501-yard par-five. It requires a player to hit two accurate shots to leave a short iron or pitch to an elevated green. The player’s biggest concerns are the out of bounds over the green and the lateral hazard that runs the length of the hole on the left side.

The 337-yard par-four seventh is short and presents a birdie chance, but there are dangers. Your drive you must carry a river that cuts across the fairway. Use a club that will carry approximately 225 yards. The second shot will only be a short wedge, but be careful, there is a small green and any shot right, left, short or long will produce a difficult pitch or sand shot. There is a water hazard over this green, so be careful not to get too aggressive.

The 18th is a great finisher. This long par-four requires a lusty and accurate tee shot, avoiding the river on the left and thick spongy rough on the right. Don’t worry about the river crossing the fairway only the really long hitters can reach it down the left side off the tee. Your second shot will most likely require a very long second shot to a green that is protected by large deep bunkers, which run in front of this elevated wide green. The hole plays more like a par-five for most players.

Hickory Ridge Golf Club
Amherst, Ma.