Hale Irwin won the U.S. Open three times. And there’s no better test of ball striking in the game than our national championship. Maybe that’s why the Hills Course at Red Hawk is a good ball striker’s paradise.
The sister course to the Lake, this track is full of character. A departure from modern design, this course has small greens. If you find one in regulation, chances are you’ll have a good look for birdie.
Elevation change is also prominent. Through in deep, penal bunkers and you’ve got all you can bargain for.
Is the Hills Course difficult? Yes. But it’s also more than fair. As it should be, good shots are rewarded and bad shots. . . well not so much.
I’ve played this course with Scott (that writer guy) a few times and I’ll be honest, it proves a stern but enjoyable test every time we show up.