The Lake Course
The Lake Course by Goose Pond Colony Resort
This course is a George Cobb design that opened in 1971. With its natural layout and views of the Tennessee River from every hole, the course has received many accolades over the past few years. Voted “most fun course to play in north Alabama” in 1995 and 1996 by the Dixie Section of the PGA, the course is listed in Golf Digest Places to Play with 4 stars 2008/2009. Host of the NJCAA Div II Men’s Golf Championship, The Lake Course by Goose Pond Colony Resort is enjoyed by pro and amateur alike.
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Course Rules and Courtesies
Thank you for observing the following course rules and courtesies when playing
The Lake Course at Goose Pond Colony.
1. USGA Rules of Golf govern all play.
2. Fences on the course are played as immovable objects.
3. Fence on left of #2 is out of bounds.
4. Fence on right of #10 is out of bounds.
5. Lateral water hazards are defined by red lines or stakes.
6. Water hazards are defined by yellow lines or stakes.
7. Ground under repair is defined by white lines.
Courtesies on the Course
1. All players must register at the Pro Shop.
2. Please use 90 degree cart cross over.
3. Please keep all carts and pull carts on the cart paths around greens and tees.
4. Please allow faster groups to play through.
5. Pace of play is monitored and will be enforced.
6. Par at Goose Pond Colony is a 4 hour round.
7. Please repair all ball marks, replace divots and rake bunkers.
8. Proper dress is required.
9. Please, no private coolers.
An excellent starting hole. The tee shot should be left/center of the fairway leaving a mid to short iron to the green.
Tee shot should be left of fairway bunker. Most golfers need to lay up leaving a short iron to the two tiered green.
Requires a short iron to the middle of the green. Bunkers protect both sides with room for error on the right.
A tough, demanding par four that requires a long iron or fairway wood to a challenging green. Avoid trying to carry trees on the right.
It takes to great shots to reach the green on this straight forward par five so let it all out. The green is guarded with bunkers left and right.
This downhill par three looks easy, but check the wind. Long or right of the green is a sure bogey. The green slopes back to front and to the right.
Long and straight with fairway bunkers right and left. Uphill to the green requires a good second shot to avoid additional bunkers.
This long par five will require a fairway wood or long iron on the second shot leaving a short iron to the green. Avoid the bunker on right and trees to the left on second shot.
This number one handicap hole is a long par four that will require a long iron or fairway wood on the second shot. Avoid the bunkers on the right of fairway and green.
An average length par four that can be tough. Water on the left and the fairway bunker require a well placed tee shot. A back pin placement on this challenging green can add two clubs to distance.
An ever present goose shares the tee box on this reachable par five that allows for errors left or long. The lay-up shot actually requires more accuracy as you will see in the second photo.
Toughest par three on the course. Club selection can range from a five iron to a driver depending ability and wind direction. Anything on the green is an excellent shot.
Another dog-leg right that can mean an easy second shot or trouble depending on placement. The fairway slops right leaving a side hill stance but straight away can mean jail.