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Since its opening in 1984, Cripple Creek has been recognized as one of Delaware's premier courses.
The practice area permits a warmup or a major revamp of the swing. The Delaware News Journal rates the 8th and 9th holes as deserving of the all-star mythical Delaware Country Club designation.
A short, straight-forward par 4 to begin your round. The pin placement determines which side of the fairway is your target. Just make sure you keep the ball left of the two bunkers on the right.
This par 4 requires an accurate tee shot to avoid bunkers short right and mounds in the rough on the left. When the pin is placed on the left side of the green, you face a tough approach over a large bunker protecting that side of the green.
A short driveable par 4 for the long hitter. Everyone else should stay right of the bunker on the left. You'll be left with a short iron into a large green that slopes from back to front. Be sure to keep the ball below the hole here.
The classic Cripple Creek par 3. A short iron shot plays to a large green protected by a pond on the left, wetlands on the right, and Indian River behind. You'll need accuracy and nerve to hit it close to most pins on this hole an, when the wind is blowing, a bit of luck.
This par 5, dog -leg left requires an accurate tee-shot threaded between the saltmarsh on the left and bunkers and out-of-bounds on the right. A long drive in the fairway is rewarded with an opportunity to reach the green in 2, but the smart play is generally an iron shot laying-up to reach the green in 3 with a wedge. This long, but narrow green slopes back to front and is protected by hazards on the front and left side and trees on the right.
This short, dog-leg left par 4 requires a well placed drive into the fairway. Longer hitters will choose to lay-up to protect from driving through the fairway or going too far left into the pond. A well-protected green will test your short-iron approach.
7 is a tough par 3 requiring a well hit shot to a two-tiered green. With out-of-bounds on the right and a pond on the left, a straight shot is required. It's better to be short than long on this one.
Many members look at #8 as the most intimidating hole on the course. This long par 5 has water running the length of the right-hand side and in front of the green. Don't hit too far left, though or the out of bounds will come into play. After 2 well hit shots, you'll face a short iron across water to a tough, sloping green.
The most challenging par 4 on the course requires a strong drive working left to right to have any hope of reaching the green in two. This hole is bordered by trees on both sides. The green is long and narrow, requiring a very accurate approach.
Although it looks relatively simple with no bunkers or water hazards, this hole can be tough, unless you hit a straight drive down the middle. Hit your approach to the correct side of the back to front sloping green.
This dogleg right par 4 will test your ability to place a tee shot on the left side of the fairway. If not, you'll be hitting around or under the trees which protect the right side.
Number 12 is a 125-150 yard par 3 with a deep bunker in front penalizing the player attempting to get too close to the front pin. Play for the middle of the green and make a good putt.
#13 is a short par 5 that is reachable with a good drive leaving a player 200 to 230 out. Your drive needs to be very accurate as trees protect both sides of the fairway. Hitting a shorter drive to the dogleg is good option and then 2 shots to the green for your par.
A long par 4 - #14 is one of the toughest pars at Cripple Creek. A bunker on the right will collect poorly hit tee shots. A well struck drive will leave you with a long to mid-iron to a well protected green A back left pin is hard to reach, making par an excellent score.
This dogleg right features a pond at the dogleg turn and another pond on the far side of the fairway that is found by the long hitter who gets too aggressive. Out-of-bounds on the right and a long narrow green with severe slopes, making this hole a terrific challenge.
#16 is a fairly straight forward par 3 over water to a large green. A mid to long iron is required to find the green which slopes severely back to front. A tee shot hit to the left or right of the green can easily find trouble, making for a difficult pitch back to the green.
A tight driving area and water in front of a severely sloping and mounded green make #17 a tough, although short, test of your shot-making ability. Long hitters will lay-up from the tee and hit a short iron to a green that punishes a poorly placed approach.
This finishing hole is a great par 5 that can be birdied when the pin is in the front. A back left pin is generally a different story. Hit a solid, accurate drive and you are well positioned to hit close to or on to the green. Be too aggressive with your drive and you'll find yourself blocked by the trees and a lay-up will be necessary.