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The Easton Club (Easton, MD)

Course Review
December 17, 2007 1:57:09 PM PST
The Easton Club is another Robert Rauch designed course that, while less difficult than Hunter's Oak, is also less memorable. The Easton Club's routing includes some odd, but memorable holes.

The 432/409/391/291 yard, par 4 2nd plays long and tight, with a slight bend to the right. Beware an unseen water hazard left of the hole when hitting your approach. This is the #1 handicap, and deservedly so.

The 379/350/321/280 yard, par 4 8th is another dogleg right, but a first-timer would never see that from the tee. It requires a well-placed drive of 230 yards between O.B. left and wetlands to the right. Your second crosses right, about 100 yards over that wetland to a pin you may not be able to see, due to the density of growth. The 8th is a relatively simple hole, but fraught with danger.

On the back, you'll remember the 171.153/132/116 yard 11th, a par three requiring a simple downhill shot to an island green. Use one less club than if the hole were level, and you'll make out fine.

My favorite hole at The Easton Club is the 508/481/451/427 yard, par 5 15th, which winds around a lake. If you're feeling adventurous, challenge the bottlenecked fairway, and you'll have a challenging, but possibly rewarding shot over wetlands to the green. Otherwise, lay back with a long iron or hybrid, then a mid-iron, and finally a wedge for the par or birdie.

The Easton Club offers annual memberships, and is also open to the public. I visited on a weekday in July, and saw a grand total of six golfers through 27 holes. Suffice to say, pace of play never became an issue.

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