Chi Chi's Favorites
(from The Villages LIFESTYLE magazine, summer 2002, page 22)
There they sit, side-by-side...
It's like looking into a mirror...
And that's precisely the point.
They're the signature No. 1 holes on the Lakes and Oaks courses at Hacienda Hills Golf and Country Club.
Chi Chi Rodriguez, who played the course which opened in 1991, calls them his two favorite holes.
High praise indeed from one of golf's most storied players for a couple of holes that can't help but conjure up a feeling of deja vu.
They're two long par 5s, sharing a lake, one doglegging this way, the other that, until they meet at the end in one particularly large green.
No. 1 on the Lakes or "Los Lagos" doglegs to the left and covers 453 yards at its longest, while No. 1 on the Oaks or "Los Robles," plays a bit longer, 485 yards from the back tees, and doglegs to the right around the same lake.
Of course, this double dose of dualing fairways presents quite a challenge.
Chi Chi wouldn't have it any other way.
And whether you go with your driver or unleash the big dog, you are in for a treat.
But beware...The Bermuda Grass will give you a good lie, but if the lake, smack dab between the fairways, doesn't get you, the sand traps, reaching like fingers, in front and in back of the super-green just might. And the stand of oaks and palms just behind the fringe, well, just stay away from the trees.
But that's the fun of the game and if you hit three good shots you just might find yourself staring down a makeable birdie putt.
And if the first one doesn't fall on the Lakes, don't worry; you'll have another shot on the Oaks.