Player Course

Designer: Gary Player

The Black Knight himself designed the 18-hole signature course located in the village of Sterling Ridge in 2002. With its soft mounds and wh…

The Black Knight himself designed the 18-hole signature course located in the village of Sterling Ridge in 2002. With its soft mounds and white bunkers designed to strategically guard the course’s large landing areas and greens – it’s a golfer’s delight. The course complements the natural beauty of The Woodlands with water features on 11 holes and native grasses encompassing the perimeter. Gary Player is a legend of his own time, considered by many to be one of the most successful international golfers of all time. Player has achieved the kind of worldwide acclaim reserved for only a handful of sporting greats. He is renowned as much for his dedication to the principles of excellence as he is for his golfing accomplishments. He is recognized worldwide as an uncompromising perfectionist who settles for nothing but the best. His impeccable set of values and insistence on quality have earned him admiration the world over.

# 1 / Hole #1

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 13 Women's 13

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 419

BLUE 384

GOLD 330

GREEN 284

WHITE 373

Pro Tips

The course opens with a tee shot that must avoid the large fairway bunker on the left, which will set up a short-iron approach. Players who land in the greenside bunker on the right will be met with a challenging up-and-down to make par.

# 2 / Hole #2

Par: 5

Handicaps:
Men's 3 Women's 1

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 572

BLUE 543

GOLD 446

GREEN 434

WHITE 531

Pro Tips

Drives on this par 5 ought to favor the left side of the fairway to give players the best shot of getting close with their second. The green slopes significantly and anything long is not good.

# 3 / Hole #3

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 11 Women's 11

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 418

BLUE 388

GOLD 327

GREEN 288

WHITE 375

Pro Tips

The par 4, third hole requires a tee shot down the left in order to avoid the trees on the right. A sloping green with a large swale on the left side forces players to hit an accurate approach to have a shot at birdie.

# 4 / Hole #4

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 9 Women's 7

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 340

BLUE 322

GOLD 390

GREEN 390

WHITE 300

Pro Tips

A double fairway, and a decision, greets players on this par 4. Playing up the left side will leave a short wedge in, while taking a drive down the right will face a green that slopes away.

# 5 / Hole #5

Par: 3

Handicaps:
Men's 9 Women's 7

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 208

BLUE 188

GOLD 165

GREEN 109

WHITE 172

Pro Tips

The green on this long par 3 slopes sharply from left-to-right, meaning balls landing on the left will work their way back to the middle. A large bunker protects the front of this green and must be avoided.

# 6 / Hole #6

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 7 Women's 9

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 454

BLUE 422

GOLD 363

GREEN 334

WHITE 414

Pro Tips

The drive on this par 4 needs to favor the left side of the fairway to avoid the bunker on the right side of the landing area. A more aggressive line will set up a shorter shot into the green.

# 7 / Hole #7

Par: 5

Handicaps:
Men's 1 Women's 3

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 514

BLUE 502

GOLD 488

GREEN 411

WHITE 495

Pro Tips

A pot bunker sits in the middle of the landing area and should be avoided at all costs off the tee. Aiming down the right will give longer hitters a chance to reach this shallow green in two.

# 8 / Hole #8

Par: 3

Handicaps:
Men's 17 Women's 17

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 228

BLUE 204

GOLD 128

GREEN 116

WHITE 135

Pro Tips

The green on this demanding par 3 slopes significantly from left-to-right. Any shots over the bunker in front of the green tend to miss the putting surface.

# 9 / Hole #9

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 5 Women's 5

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 451

BLUE 408

GOLD 382

GREEN 327

WHITE 386

Pro Tips

The final hole on the front nine starts a difficult stretch of holes. On this par 4, players will want to hit their drive down the left to set up the best angle in. The approach typically plays longer than the yardage due to the elevated green with a false front grabbing shorter shots. Anything left or right will be harshly punished.

# 10 / Hole #10

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 2 Women's 6

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 484

BLUE 458

GOLD 110

GREEN 340

WHITE 368

Pro Tips

The ideal ball flight on this long par 4 is one that moves left-to-right to avoid the penalty area along the right. A long second shot awaits, into a green that slopes from right-to-left. Balls hit short and right have a good chance of funneling towards the hole.

# 11 / Hole #11

Par: 3

Handicaps:
Men's 18 Women's 16

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 157

BLUE 384

GOLD 430

GREEN 82

WHITE 115

Pro Tips

A short par 3, the eleventh demands accuracy from the tee shot. The green is divided by a steep slope down the middle. Hitting the correct side of the green will give players a much better chance at a good score.

# 12 / Hole #12

Par: 5

Handicaps:
Men's 4 Women's 2

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 595

BLUE 581

GOLD 430

GREEN 430

WHITE 479

Pro Tips

The twelfth is a long, three-shot par 5 that demands accuracy on the second and third shots. Players who avoid the trees on their second will set up an unobstructed view of the green that slopes sharply from back-to-front. Approach shots that stay below the hole will be given the best chance of success.

# 13 / Hole #13

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 12 Women's 12

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 377

BLUE 347

GOLD 323

GREEN 240

WHITE 336

Pro Tips

Players should take their tee shot directly at, but short, of the fairway bunker on the left on this par 4. The green slopes from right-to-left and front-to-back, making it difficult to get the ball close.

# 14 / Hole #14

Par: 3

Handicaps:
Men's 16 Women's 18

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 170

BLUE 155

GOLD 134

GREEN 76

WHITE 141

Pro Tips

Shots into this elevated green often play longer than the yardage indicates. Balls hit right or long still have a good chance of making a three.

# 15 / Hole #15

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 10 Women's 10

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 421

BLUE 404

GOLD 369

GREEN 299

WHITE 379

Pro Tips

A challenging drive awaits players on the fifteenth tee box. Balls must avoid the trees on the right in order to set up a clear shot to an elevated green that slopes away on all sides.

# 16 / Hole #16

Par: 5

Handicaps:
Men's 8 Women's 4

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 539

BLUE 509

GOLD 294

GREEN 239

WHITE 503

Pro Tips

The final par 5 on the golf course provides an opportunity to be aggressive. Drives that clear the bunker and favor the right side of the fairway will have a shot at reaching the green in two.

# 17 / Hole #17

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 14 Women's 14

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 326

BLUE 313

GOLD 294

GREEN 239

WHITE 304

Pro Tips

Drives over 200 yards bring the penalty area on the left into play, but longer hitters can carry it and set up a short wedge in. Approach shots that land on the correct level will be rewarded, as the green has significant movement.

# 18 / Hole #18

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 6 Women's 8

Yardage by Tee:

BLACK 442

BLUE 412

GOLD 370

GREEN 305

WHITE 378

Pro Tips

The finishing hole is a par 4 where drives should stay right of the pine tree on the left side of the fairway. The green slopes from right-to-left, so players must take this into account on their second shot.