Oak Lane was once a private club, but like many, went bankrupt, feel apart then went public. Since Tradition took it over the course has made some significant improvements. They first off re-greened #s 10 and 11, which were pure dirt 2 yrs ago. They resurfaced parts of the driving range and I suggest they get new mats ASAP. Although I never ate at Oak Lane when it was private, they did a great job on the bar and the food is excellent. Hole 1 is a very tough par 5 and sets you out in a bad mood, usually a par at best. The hole bends uphill to the left making your layup second shot crucial. Too far right and your in a bunker, too far left it slides down and leaves you behind a tree. Hole 2 is fairly tight and windy, so put your driver away. Don’t cut the left corner too close on #3 as you may end up in the bunkers with no shot of getting that green. Next up is a very short par 3 over water followed by a par 4 that makes you layup before another pond. After the long par 3 6th you come to one of the toughest holes here. With water running the whole way on the right, you’re forced to layup left, but too far left you will get blocked out by the massive in front of the green. Hole 8 is another sort narrow 4 that makes no sense to use your driver. Rounding out the front 9 is an easy version of hole #1. Long hitters beware of the pond at the bottom of the fairway, its reachable.
I hate hole #10 ha. Me, having a sometimes bad fade, should like this sharp dogleg right but I have never hit the green in 2 here. Even if you do hit the fairway you have a tough shot in to a steep green where you need to be below the hole. The rest of the back nine is very bland and the only tip I have is try to be below the hole on #18 as it has a very steep front sloping green as well(like #10)
Tee times can be made online or on GolfNow traditionatoaklane.com
Overall Oak Lane gets a 7.5 and is a good place to practice and get a great meal.
- layout- 7- back nine feels so repetitive
- staff- 8