I tackled the Brentwood Country Club renovation with the goal of helping the Club improve playability and strategy, ease of maintenance, and find a few extra yards for today’s long hitters. We moved and re-built several greens, sprigged all greens with Champion Bermudagrass, added a few ponds, moved and re-built bunkers to improve strategy, re-built some tees and added some visually stunning stone walls.
The short, par three 2nd hole offers great contrast to the opening hole. While the first hole is long and difficult, requiring power, the second tests the players early round nerves with a shot that requires finesse. It is all carry over water to a generous green with gentle slopes.
The par five 3rd hole is another opportunity to chase birdie. The tee shot must be slotted between a creek on the left and fairway bunkers on the right. If successful, there is opportunity to go for the moderately sloped green in two.
When the course was renovated, a goal for to Club was to add yardage and create some additional “Sunday Flag Placements”. We enlarged the green significantly on the right side, introducing strategy on this mid-length par four. When the flag is on the left side, tee shots played near the left fairway bunkers offer the best angle. When the flag is on the right side of the green, tee shots that favor the right side will have a better angle to the hole, but must contend with a creek that lurks just right of the green.
The par five 13th hole at Brentwood Country Club is an outstanding example of a risk versus reward hole. A well-positioned tee shot leaves players with an excellent opportunity to carry a channel crossing 90 yards in front of the green and get home in two. Conversely, tee shots finding the rough leave the player with a tough decision whether or not to try and carry the channel. The left section of the green is very accessible, while a back right flag brings a bunker and a creek into play.
The par five 15th hole is a beauty that stresses positioning over power. While the longest hitters can go for the green in two, most players try to come in from the left on their approach shot to a scenic, peninsula green.
The short, par four 17th stresses positioning over power. Most players use a long iron to lay up short of the creek, leaving a short iron approach to a picturesque, segmented green with a pond and spectacular stacked stone wall.