Hole 1-Par 4 370 Yards “Empire”
The opening hole at Forest Hill treats the player to a beautiful view of the skyline of New York City with the Empire State Building as the players target line off the tee. Bunkers guard both sides of the fairway in the landing area of the tee shot. A large green, sloping predominately from back left to front right, makes any two-putt this hole a success.
Hole 2- Par 4 385 Yards “Belleville”
A terrific par-4 dogleg right with an uphill approach shot forms the second hole. The hole is shaped by a signature fairway bunker about 240 yards from the tee in the left rough where a majestic oak once stood. This traditional Tillinghast green is fully equipped with a false front and undulated tongue in the back that makes for some very treacherous hole locations.
Hole 3- Par 5 518 Yards “Copper Mill”
This true three shot par-5 begins with a downhill tee shot that requires accuracy to avoid the trees left and pond and out of bounds right. The second shot is no easy task making sure the player is far enough right to have a look at the green without going in the pond (or penalty area) straight ahead. The green is two tiered which puts great importance on the approach shot.
Hole 4- Par 505 Yards “Graveyard”
The second of back to back par-5’s is the definition of a risk reward hole. The tee shot can be played straight and safe or a player can attempt to cut the corner and navigate a wooded area to the left for a shorter second shot. Bunkers guard the landing area for the second shot. This is a large receptive green with a back tongue which has produced its fair share of three-putt pars.
Hole 5- Par 3 163 Yards “Innocent”
The first par-3 of the round may seem benign at first glance, but it will test even the best shot makers when considering both elevation and wind. The large green is surrounded by bunkers on 3 sides and has multiple subtle ridges.
Hole 6- Par 4 374 Yards “Walk Around”
This dog leg right par-4 requires the longer hitters to play a fade to hit the fairway off the tee. A pair of well-placed fairway bunkers guard the left side of the hole in the landing zone. This green plays back to front and boasts intimidating bunkers on both sides which can easily creep in the mind of a player when hitting their second shot.
Hole 7- Par 4 416 Yards “Hurdle”
The seventh hole begins the seven-hole stretch known as the “gauntlet”, which can easily make or break your round. This long par four plays even longer as the second shot is severely up hill. Tee shots must be hit straight and with some distance to have a chance at the green for most players. The second shot requires both distance and accuracy. The green is full of subtle breaks with a spine running back to front along the left side.
Hole 8- Par 3 216 Yards “Little Joker”
The long par-3 boasts a beautiful tee shot with an elevated view of the neighboring holes. The design requires a player to be cautious of the bunker short right and the bunker left of the green, which pinches the opportunity to run a shot up onto the green.
Hole 9- Par 4 403 Yards “Halfway”
Your halfway there… to what is the question! This par-4 is straightaway but is one of the tightest tee shots of the round. With out of bounds on both sides and a series of three fairway bunkers extending in the landing area in the right rough, this tee shot is difficult to negotiate to say the least. The green is a true Tillinghast masterpiece with a false front and plenty of character in all four quadrants.
Hole 10- Par 4 366 Yards “Asylum”
Your first shot on the back nine requires accuracy with out of bounds right and trees left. The second shot necessitates players to avoid the greenside bunkers on both short left and right of the green. This large green features multiple raised mounds framing the backside of the putting surface.
Hole 11- Par 4 396 Yards “Blonde Bomber”
The “Blonde Bomber” 11th is appropriately named after former FHFC Head Golf Professional Craig Wood. The bomber was known for his prodigious drives and players will certainly need one to reach the green in two. What many consider to be the most challenging hole on the golf course, the par-4 plays severely uphill for both the tee shot and the approach shot. Even if the player reaches the green in regulation, get ready for what is the most challenging green on the course.
Hole 12- 303 Yards “Little Poison"
“Little Poison” got its name from Craig Wood’s former assistant here at FHFC Paul Runyan. Unlike the Bomber, Little Poison wasn’t a big hitter but what he lacked in distance he more than made up for with short-game prowess. The twelfth hole is a true risk reward par-4. At only 303 yards, the biggest of hitters can try to drive the green. What they risk is coming up short in the closely mown massive trench that spans the width of the hole just short of the green. Play it safe off the tee and have a wedge in to the green, but approach shot is no easy task with bunkers left, right and deep to go along with the trench in front and the smallest green depth on the course.
Hole 13- 439 Yards “Smoke Stack”
Standing from the elevated tee is perhaps the best view on the property. The downhill, dog leg right par-4, requires a long accurate drive. Players must have enough distance to make it past the tree lined right rough to have a look at the green for their second shot and the must also hit it straight to avoid several fairway bunkers along the left as well as the aforementioned tree lined right side. From there the player must hit a long approach to a green with multiple ridges that runs front to back.
Hole 14- 494 Yards “Fox Den”
The lone par-5 on the back nine plays uphill most of the way. The tee shot requires players to be straight with the danger of a fairway bunker left and a pond right. The second shot is played up the hill with a fairway that is pitched from right to left. The green is reachable for the longer hitters, however it is surrounded by multiple bunkers and slopes severely from right to left.
Hole 15- 387 Yards “Soho”
The narrow par-4 plays straightway but requires precision off the tee. Players will try to avoid the bunker left and tree line on both sides of the fairway. The approach shot is protected by bunkers both short right and left of the green. This green is slopped back to front with a subtle ridge in the middle that makes even the shortest putts a challenge.
Hole 16- 171 Yards “Straight Edge”
Deep bunkers guard the approach on both sides of this medium length par-3. Tee shots to the delicately sloped green must carry a dramatic false front that demands well struck shots and proper club selection. The elevated putting surface will challenge even the best short game.
Hole 17- 441 Yards “Blind Tom”
The penultimate hole is longest par-4 on the card. This is the only tee shot on the course where the player cannot see the landing zone. The second shot requires a player to have both accuracy and distance as most will have at least a longer iron in their hands. This green is surrounded by bunkers and closely mown areas and is what many consider to be one of the trickier greens on the course.
Hole 18- 200 Yards “Home”
The finishing hole is a par-3 built for dramatic finishes. With a natural amphitheater setting surrounding the green, many rounds have concluded with spectators looking on. The tee shot is played uphill to an elevated green which requires a player to gauge the best club to reach the plateau while still holding the green. The green slopes severely from back to front making a two-putt par a huge success for even the most accomplished players.