One of those is the 3rd, the signature hole, a dramatic par 3 from an elevated tee to a large undulating green that fronts a red rock cliff. Hit the ball too far and you’ll find the large trap in front of the cliff. Leave it short and you’ll hit the creek in front of the green. This 187 yard hole is a daunting test of golf.
A few holes later at #7 you’ll find a 600 yard par 5, with large lake water hazards left and right, guarding a narrow fairway. You can play anything from a 5 iron to a driver off the tee to avoid the water. If you fade your drive, you can play into the slight dogleg, and have a makeable shot to the elevated green. Just stay clear of the water hazard, which runs for about 100 yards along the driving area.
The 14th is a 589 yard par 5 with a river running the length of the hole on the left. Keep it right and you’ll have a chance for par if you can avoid the greenside bunkers.
The 15th is the longest par 3 on the course, 233 yards from the tips to a large trap guarded green with water running down the left side of the hole and trees to the right. Play it right to avoid the water and use enough club to reach the green.
The golf at the Links At Gettysburg is truly spectacular, with water on almost every hole, elevated tee shots to greens fronting red rock cliffs; blind doglegs and undulating greens making the putting difficult even after you’ve managed to escape the hazards. Striving to shoot par at The Links is a supreme challenge and a rewarding experience every golfer should have.
The Links At Gettysburg is a brilliant championship course and truly, “Golf’s Gettysburg address.”