Desert Blume Golf Club Course Review
Desert Blume Golf Club is located in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The course is 6900 yds long par 72. Its a challenging course that weaves its way around and through the large sandstone coolies that where carved millions of years ago by rivers long gone. The course is a hybrid between a links course and a strategic desert course, there are no trees at Desert Blume just desert brush native to the area. The fairways here are wide and there is lots of space if your driver is not working that day, one great feature here is that on virtual every hole you can run your ball up onto the green giving even the higher handicap a chance to get their ball onto the green. There is a good variation of par 3’s, 4’s and 5’s here some holes you can lay up and still have a short shot in and others require a good drive and second shot to get on the green. Desert Blume is all in all a great course to test your skills and have an enjoyable day on the links.
1st Hole 383 yds Par 4 – The opening hole at Desert Blume is a slight dogleg to the left that eases the golfer into the start of their round, it has a gentle uphill slope leading to the green. The play off the tee is to take it just left of the tree on the right side of the fairway. The fairway here is generous from all tee’s so hitting the fairway shouldn’t be hard. Your second shot to the green is guarded by 3 bunkers left, right and back, depending on where the pin is it can be a difficult or straightforward shot. The green is very large for a short par 4 and it has two tiers, the back being the hard and small of the two.
2nd Hole 205 yds Par 3 – This uphill par 3 requires a solid shot in order to get on the green. From the tee it appears as though there is very little green to work with but if the player follows the contours of the hole they will find that a shot hit to the left side of the green will find its way back to the middle or right. The green itself has 3 different tiers to it, the front and back tiers and another tier to the right back. The green runs as at an almost 45 degree angle to the tee. The hardest pin is located on the back right tier it makes for a fun put if your on the front tier.
3rd Hole 580 yds Par 5 – Perhaps the toughest drive on the course, your tee shot requires you to carry 200 yds from the back tees over a creek to the fairway. There is a creek running up the left side of the fairway and crosses the fairway on the shot to the second fairway. The aim point from the tee is at the bunker or slightly right of it for the longer hitters. Your second shot is straight away. The 150 post is very visible use that as your aiming point, anything inside 125 to the green would make for a good chance at birdie. The green has three bunkers guarding the front and left corners and the green surface has two large tiers front and back and a smaller tier front left.
4th Hole 197 yds Par 3 – The green here is slightly above the tee boxes here and anything missing the green short in the fairway will roll back down the hill. There are two bunkers that are visible from tee here and the safe shot on this hole is to hit the middle of the green and stay short of the back of the green. The green has two tiers that split the middle of the green and the green generally slopes from back to front.
5th Hole 561 yds Par 5 – The second par 5 at Desert Blume is a good example of what awaits the player on the next 3 par 5’s, the fairway is very wide giving the golfer ample opportunity to get it off the tee and into position for your next shot. What you see from the tee is large mounding on either side of the fairway. The fairway for you second shot drifts to the right and you may not be able to see your landing area, aim at the house just off the farthest right bunker to get the best and safest line. If you go left you may go into the hazard the snakes its way up to the green. Your third shot will most likely have to come from bellow the green surface and over the bunker at the right front of the green, take enough club to get over it or you’ll be staring at a bogey. The green has a couple of tiers that split the green, one lower left and the other right and higher.
6th Hole 440 yds Par 4 – Your tee shot on the 6th hole is a little tricky the first time around. Your aim point is between the 150 post and the rock on the right side of the fairway on the mounding. Like the previous hole both sides of the fairway around surrounded by large mounds with the left side being OB. If you can get it past the 150yd pole you might catch the steep slope and gain another 30yds on your tee ball. For the players who can’t hit the ball over the hill your second shot is downhill to a kidney shaped green that’s angled at 45 degrees to the fairway. There are two bunkers the guard the front of the green here, the bunker on the left is dead. The green here has two large tiers the front tier is higher than the back and the green is split with a large hump running from the top middle to the bottom middle, any shot going over the hump will break hard to the right. If the pin is on the back tier aim at the top of the hump.
7th Hole 513 yds Par 5 – A short reachable par 5, you tee off 40 ft above the fairway down into large fairway and rough, hit it as far as you can here there’s lots of room. Your second shot is either a layup or you can go for the green. If you layup you must stay left as there is a bunker 96 yds from the green on the right that is semi hidden by mounding. If you are going for the green the line is over the corner of the same bunker or over the last mounding you can see if you on the far right side of the fairway. Your third shot into the green here is wide open again there is a small dip before the green that will reject anything short and a bunker long if you miss club. The green is for the most part flat here so making a birdie is very possible.
8th Hole 310 yds Par 4 – This hole gives the option to go for the green or lay up to a distance, the longer hitters can clear the creek by aiming at the far right bunker 270 off the tee. For the shorter hitters you can lay up short of the fairway bunkers 200yds off the tee from the back tees. If you aim at the 150 marker you’ll be in good shape, if you want to challenge the bunkers go up the left side of the fairway for a shorter shot. Your second shot will have to carry over the bunker that guards the front of this green so make sure you have enough club. The green itself has undulation at various spots on the green so placing your ball in the right area is a must if you want to make a putt.
9th Hole 444 yds Par 4 – This downhill par 4 bends to the left around the large coolie, your aiming point here is at the bunker on the right side of the fairway, its 290 yds from the back tee’s. The closer you can stay the left side of the fairway the shorter shot you’ll have into the green. The further right you go the better angle you’ll have. Your second shot into the green here is probably the toughest second shot on the course, you have ball has to either fly over the bunker guarding the middle front of the green or move your ball from right to left, it all depends where your taking your shot from. The kidney shaped green has three tiers front right, back middle and left, the back tier is higher than the other tiers.
10th Hole 386 yds Par 4 – The start of the back 9 has one of the most intimidating tee shots, from the tee there doesn’t appear to be much fairway to hit. Your line off the tee is at the end of the fairway bunker on the right. If your ball goes right of the bunker don’t worry there is lots of fairway there it’s cleverly hidden behind the hill. Your second shot into the green is guarded by two bunkers on either side that protect the front of the green. The green is angled from right to left from the fairway and if the pin is in the back left corner the left and back bunker are definitely in play.
11th Hole 504 yds Par 5 – This hole gently doglegs from right to left. Its a reachable par 5 if you can get your drive past the two fairway bunkers on either side of the landing area. The bunkers are 225 yds from the green which is situated 30ft below. Their is one fairway bunker 68 yds from the green on the right that has to be avoided if you are laying up and the green itself is guarded by a bunker middle front and one on the right side of the green. The green itself is 30 yds long and is very large green for a short par 5 it has 3 tiers to it one left and one front and back. Overall this is a very birdie-able par 5 for the lower handicap and a good birdie chance for all others.
12th Hole 181 yds Par 3 – This is a straightforward par 3, the only trouble you have here is the two bunkers left and right front and the cliff (marked with red steaks) that runs down the left side of the hole. The green has two tiers one back one front of equal size and length. If you miss short of the green you’ll have a slight up hill chip onto the green the back of the green is fairly flat for chipping as well as long as you can stay off the small humps.
13th Hole 411 yds Par 4 – This hole like the 8th on the front is another strategic par 4, the distance may say 411yds from the back tee but that distance is to the fairway then to the green. If you take a direct line to the green its around 320 yds to get to the green which is situated 30ft below the tee box. From the second tee box the fairway ends at 250 yds and its all downhill. The play here is anywhere in the fairway, that will give you less than 150 yds to the green. Your second shot into the green here is straight away there are two bunkers on the right hand side of the green and the left side has a deep hollow that has been shaved down to fairway length. The green itself has three tiers one large one back and two smaller ones left and right.
14th Hole 158 yds Par 3 – You’ll either love this short hole or you’ll hate it. The hole plays between a half club and club less than the yardage. There two bunkers left and right that come into play when the pins in the front right and back left. If you leave your ball short you may end up in the hazard. The easiest pin placements are on the front tier, you can go a bit long and use the slope going to the upper level as a backboard. The hardest pin placement is back left as the green slants from right to left in that area and green is a little firmer in that area of the green.
15th Hole 462 yds Par 4 – This is the longest par 4 at Desert Blume it slopes gently downhill all the way to the green. There are two bunkers in the landing area starting at 280 yds from the back tee. Your aim point should be just inside the fairway bunker on the right as the fairway slopes gently from right to left until just short of the green. Your second shot to the green will probably be with a long iron or hybrid, stay out of the bunker left of the green as its well below the level of the green. The bunker right is at green level at a little easier to recover from. This green as plenty of room to run your ball up onto if your not able to fly it onto the green. The green has a small tier in the front of the green and a larger one at the back.
16th Hole 420 yds Par 4 – This hole play like a monster off the back, to get to the fairway you must carry your tee ball 230yds just to reach the fairway. From the third set of tee’s this hole is much more playable and the fairway bunker on the right comes into play. The hole is entirely uphill which maybe affects your second shot into the green by a half club. The green is perched above the fairway if you miss the green you’ll have a tricky chip back onto the green. The green has to levels front and back with a hump bisecting the levels.
17th Hole 219 yds Par 3 – The longest and toughest par 3 at Desert Blume its also one of the more visually intimidating tee shots, when you stand on the tee you see a large pond right and two bunkers left and right that see a long way from the tee. The safe shot here is at the middle of the green and from the back tee anything landing on the front tier is a good shot. The hole plays easier when the pin is front but can be a tough par if its on the back tier as every aspect of the hole comes into play.
18th Hole 510 yds Par 5 – The last hole at Desert Blume gives you a great chance at making a birdie if you can get in a good position to go for the green. There are two bunkers down the left side of the fairway that seem to attract many balls as a result of players not wanting to go in the hazard down the right side of the hole. The best shot is to keep you ball to the right side of the fairway giving you the best angle and shortest shot in to the green. Your second shot into the green is guarded by two bunkers left and right and a fairway bunker on the left 65 yds out. For those who choose to layup anything left of the 150 pole will be safe and give you a good angle of attack for your third shot. The green itself is 40 yds long and has a large tier back and a smaller tier front, there is also a even smaller tier left middle that would make for a very challenging putt. Good luck and enjoy!!