Course Architect: John Exley, redesign (2006-07)
Year Opened: 1993 (first nine), 1996 (second nine)
Location: Findley Lake, New York
Slope: 137. Rating: 73.7
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,105
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 414 Yds    10 - Par 4 409 Yds
                      2 - Par 5 523 Yds    11 - Par 4 483 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 345 Yds    12 - Par 3 201 Yds
                      4 - Par 3 190 Yds    13 - Par 5 563 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 439 Yds    14 - Par 3 200 Yds
                      6 - Par 3 200 Yds    15 - Par 4 477 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 330 Yds    16 - Par 4 400 Yds
                      8 - Par 4 403 Yds    17 - Par 5 555 Yds
                      9 - Par 5 575 Yds    18 - Par 4 398 Yds
                      Par 36  3,419 Yds     Par 36  3,686 Yds

Key Events Held: Nationwide Tour - Lake Erie Charity Classic (2002-05), Peek'n Peak Classic (2006-07), LECOM Health Challenge (2016-19).

Awards Won: 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest's Best Places to Play (2005).


HISTORY:  In  a relatively  short period  of time,  Peek'n Peak Resort's Upper
Course  has developed  into one  of  the finest  tracks in  western New  York.
Designed  by John  Exley in  1996, the  Upper Course  has played  host to  the
Nationwide  Tour's Peek'n Peak Classic since 2002. The first nine holes
of  the Upper Course was completed in August of 1993, while the final nine was
added in 1996.

During  the first year of the event, Patrick Moore erased a seven-shot deficit
after  round  one to post one  of his three  2002 wins on the Nationwide Tour.
Greg  Gregory opened with a course-record 64 to take a two-shot lead after the
opening  round. Omar  Uresti, who  carded back-to-back  67s, held  the halfway
lead,  one clear  of Gregory, while Moore  shot 68 to trail by five. Following
the  third round, Hunter Haas, Doug Barron and Kelly Gibson shared the lead at
eight-under  par,  two ahead of six  players, including Moore who shot another
68.  Moore continued his hot play, shooting his third straight 68 to clip Haas
by  one for the title. For the week, the course held up quite well, playing to
a  scoring  average of 72.013.  The ninth hole, which  played as a par-four in
2002,  was the most difficult hole on Tour that year, with a stroke average of
4.581, yielding just 20 birdies.

Veteran  player  Guy Boros carded  four sub-par rounds  in 2003 to capture the
second  annual event.  The 2003  tournament started  in the  same vein  as the
previous  year, as Michael Allen matched the course mark of 64 on opening day.
Boros trailed by five following his opening 69. Stan Utley claimed the halfway
lead, tying the 36-hole mark of 134 set by Uresti in 2002. Utley continued his
torrid  play,  shooting a second-straight 66  for a three-shot lead over Shane
Bertsch  and  a five-shot advantage  over Boros.  Utley struggled on the final
nine  holes and finished  with 77, while Boros birdied the final two holes for
the  win,  defeating Chris Couch  and Bob Heintz by  one for his second career
Nationwide  Tour  title. Boros'  four-day total of  275 matched the tournament
record set the previous year by Moore. Playing as a par-72, the course stroked
out at 71.778, ranking 14th out of 31 courses on Tour. For the week, the fifth
hole was the most difficult with a scoring average of 4.271.

Kevin  Stadler  won for the first  time in his  career in 2004, as he defeated
Michael  Long and  Bubba Watson in a playoff. Stadler, who's father Craig also
won  the  same week on the  Champions Tour, led  by one heading into the final
day, but a Sunday 74 had him finish in a tie at nine-under par. After Long was
eliminated on the first extra hole with bogey, Stadler and Watson continued on
with  pars on the next two holes. On the fourth playoff hole, No. 18, Watson's
approach came up 40 feet short of the flag. Stadler had half that distance for
his  birdie,  but watched as  Watson's putt  missed four feet right. Stadler's
birdie  putt just  missed the hole, but  he was in tap-in range. Watson missed
his four-footer to hand Stadler the title. Once again, the Upper Course proved
to  be  very difficult,  playing to an  average of 72.685,  ranking it 11th on
Tour.  The  final round  alone played  to 73.438, making  it the hardest final
round  course on tour. Gavin Coles and Jeff Quinney, who both tied for fourth,
matched the course record during round two.

History  was made  in 2005, as Esteban Toledo recorded his first career title,
defeating  Jeff  Gove by two shots.  Toledo, who's victory draught spanned 458
events  on  the Nationwide and  PGA Tour's,  carded a final  round of 71 for a
tournament  record  score of 274.  Starting the  round with a three-shot lead,
Toledo  fell  into a tie with  Gove after making  bogey on 12, while Gove made
birdie.  One of the  many signature holes on the Upper Course, the 14th proved
to  be the  difference, as Toledo holed a  sand wedge from 86 yards out for an
eagle  on  the par-five, while  Gove, playing in  the group ahead, made bogey.
Despite  a bogey  on the 15th, Toledo held himself together, parring the final
three holes for the win. During the week, Toledo made 17 birdies and one eagle
and ranked first in greens in regulation at 80.6.

John Merrick birdied four of the final five holes of regulation to force a
playoff with Gavin Coles, and then parred the third extra hole for his first
career Nationwide Tour title in 2006. On the first playoff hole, the 18th,
Coles was just three feet for birdie, however Merrick drained his 25-footer
for birdie and Coles sank his. Both players parred the second extra hole, the
9th. Next up was the par-3 10th. With daylight fading, Coles missed the green
to the left, while Merrick reached the putting surface, 22 feet away. Coles'
chip shot came up short on the fringe, 18-feet from the cup. Merrick two-
putted for par and Coles failed to sink his third.

REVIEW:  The  opening hole  is a  solid, dogleg  left par-four, stretching 414
yards  from the tips.  Fairway-metal or long-iron off the tee is needed to set
up a short- to mid-iron approach. Favor the right side off the tee, as a large
fairway  bunker guards the  left, as well as tall stands of trees. Your second
shot  must carry a  creek that fronts the green, then split a pair of traps on
either side of the putting surface. The green itself, slopes hard from back to
front, so play below the hole to set up the best chance of birdie.

The  second is the easiest and shortest of the four par-five's at Peek'n Peak.
Just  538 yards,  the key to the  second is accuracy. Your tee shot must avoid
the  pair of  traps down the left side  of the landing area and the trees down
the right to have any shot at getting home in two. Your next play should track
down  the left  towards the green, as  the fairway slopes to the right, with a
series  of traps  dotting that  side. The  putting surface  is quite  long and
slants  from left  to right and is  very slick. Eagle is an option, but making
birdie is a must.

The  third  is one of  those great, short holes  that all courses should have.
Playing  345 yards  from the back buttons, it plays straight downhill from tee
to  green, giving you  the option of trying to reach the green with your first
shot.  There  are always downsides in  going for the green. First, sand guards
the  entrance  to the putting  surface, second, trees  guard both sides of the
hole  through the green,  so if you're going for it, you'd better be straight.
The  putting surface is  two-tiered and slopes from back to front. By the way,
long is no bargain either, with sand and a downhill slope over the green.

The  first  par-three on the  course, the fourth  is another downhill gem that
offers,  not  only a great challenge,  but a beautiful view of the surrounding
area.  Although 190  yards, it plays much shorter than the distance, requiring
just a short-iron to the sloping green. The putting surface bends sharply from
left  to  right and back to  front, so to err,  miss right. Long and left will
result in bogey or worse, a possible lost ball.

The  longest  par-four on the  front side, the fifth  is quite a test, playing
uphill  to the  green. The dogleg right  features a trio of traps on the right
side  of  the landing  area, forcing you  to play left,  where trees cover the
entire  side  of the fairway,  not to mention a  severe drop off. The elevated
green  is protected smartly by three traps right and bunkers left. The putting
surface is fairly benign, so making par shouldn't be too much trouble.

Another  downhill par-three,  the  sixth is  straightforward.  Just clear  the
ravine  fronting  the green and  you'll make par. No  sand, just a large green
that  slopes  from back  to front,  the center of  an amphitheater type setup.
Although  long at 200  yards, just a mid-iron, say seven or eight will do just

Although  not  considered the  signature  hole  at  Peek'n Peak,  the  seventh
certainly  has all  the trimmings. The first shot on the 330-yard, dogleg left
plays  uphill  to the  landing area,  as just a  long-iron or fairway-metal is
needed.  The key here  is to play right of the creek that runs the entire left
side  and be  long enough to pass the  tall trees, also on the left. This will
leave  just a  wedge to a slightly, elevated green. The putting surface slopes
from  right to left,  with a tier in the center and is quite fast. Birdies can
be made, but par is a good score.

The  eighth is a straight, uphill par-four just 403 yards in length. But don't
be  fooled, accuracy is of utmost importance, as trees and out-of-bounds guard
the  left and  more trees flank the  right. The fairway is devoid of sand, but
the  area right  of the green picks  up the slack. Missing the putting surface
left  will  result in  a difficult  pitch that  runs from  back to front. Club
selection is also important, as the green is quite long. If the wind is up, it
could be a three-club hole.

It's  the longest  hole on the course, but  it can be reached in two. From the
gold  tees, the  ninth measures  575 yards  and is  a downhill,  right-to-left
beauty. A big, high draw will be needed to play this hole correctly. A pair of
traps  guard  the right landing  area, while a  tall, deep forest protects the
left.  After a successful tee ball, a decision needs to be made, should I stay
or  should  I go. A 250-yard  blast will be  required just to cross the ravine
fronting  the green, so choose wisely. The most logical play would be to layup
just  short  of the landing  area bunkers on either  side of the fairway, thus
leaving  a  100-yard shot  to a  very receptive green.  The putting surface is
quite  wide with just one bunker behind the green. Sloping from back to front,
play below the hole for your best shot at birdie.

The  opening hole on the back nine, is also the shortest on the course at just
167  yards. The object  here is to avoid the sand, short and left of the green
and  avoid the  creek fronting the putting surface. The green slopes hard from
back  to front and  is quite long. Stay below the hole for your best chance at

Rated  the  easiest par-four  on the  course, the 11th  is a straightaway 409-
yarder  that plays  slightly  uphill for  your  second shot.  No  sand in  the
fairway,  so lock and  load to leave a short-iron to a green that is protected
on the right side by sand. The green slopes from left to right, but par should
be your worst score here.

In contrast, the 12th hole is a bear, playing right to left and stretching 483
yards  from the  back tees.  Your  tee shot  must  stay clear  of the  bunkers
guarding  both sides of  the fairway to have any chance at reaching the green.
Even  with a successful tee ball, you'll still have a medium-iron to a putting
surface protected by sand. This is one of those holes, that if you make bogey,
it's OK.

The  final par-three,  is certainly an outstanding one. This beauty plays ever
so slightly uphill and your long-iron off the tee, must carry across a pond to
reach  the green,  which is protected on  the right by a pair of deep bunkers.
The  putting surface  is quite  undulating and  slopes severely  from back  to
front.  At all  costs, play from below the hole, otherwise, a three-putt could
be in store.

There  is good  reason that  the 14th  is the  signature hole  at Peek'n  Peak
Resort.  Stretching a  modest 563  yards, this  par-five must  be played  with
caution  right  from the start.  A 280-yard blast  from the elevated back tees
will  get  you to the end  of the fairway,  just before an 88-yard ravine. The
left  side of the  fairway is the best play, avoiding the bunker on the right.
Your  layup shot  must now carry 165  yards, covering the ravine and a 40-yard
long  bunker in  the center of the  fairway. The approach shot to the green is
now just a little wedge to a putting surface that boasts traps left and right.
The green slopes from back to front, but is quite accessible. Word of caution,
missing long will result in a difficult pitch from deep rough.

The  par-four, dogleg right 15th is quite a test, playing directly uphill with
a  forced carry over  the ravine that played havoc on the last hole. Favor the
left  side off the tee, as a deep, long bunker guards the right. An extra club
must  be  used to reach  the green,  as the climb  is quite steep. The putting
surface  is protected on the left by sand and an additional trap is behind the
green.  Not much  slope in the green, but  it does cant from right to left and

Another  bender to the  right, the 16th is quite simple, as long as you select
the right club off the tee and avoid the traps guarding the landing area. With
that said, just a short-iron will remain to a green protected by sand left and
short.  The putting  surface  is quite  benign,  so making  par  should be  no
problem, heck, even a birdie could be in the offing.

Although just 555 yards from the back buttons, the 17th plays quite longer, as
it  traverses uphill from tee to green. Favor the left side of the fairway off
the  tee, as  tall trees and a bunker  guard the right, however be wary of the
left,  as sand,  trees and out of  bounds are nearby. A 200-yard layup will be
needed  to  leave just  a 100-yard wedge  to the green.  By doing this, you've
avoided  the fairway bunkers in the landing area. The putting surface is quite
large,  sloping from  back to front. Make  sure to take enough club in getting
home.  Avoid the entire right side, as thick rough and dense trees protect the
green.  Generally,  making par on  a par-five is an  average score, but not in
this case.

A  solid finishing hole, the 18th is a dogleg-left par-four, just 398 yards in
length.  A fairway-metal is  the club of choice off the tee, as water down the
right  side is reachable. Right-center is the play, as a 45-yard trap protects
the  left  side of  the landing  area. Just  a short-iron  remains to a fairly
simple green, with just one trap, short and right.

FINAL  WORD:  Originally just  a winter  retreat, Peek'n Peak  Resort is now a
golfing  destination. The  Upper  Course, with  its  conditioning, layout  and
difficulty  is one fine track that you'll never get tired of playing. There is
no  doubt that the Upper is the area's best venue and with all of the
within  your grasp, it's  not just for skiing anymore. Peek'n Peak is a family
and  golfing mecca and  a stop that should not be missed. There is 36 holes of
golf,  the  Lower Course  being the  other layout,  a solid practice facility,
miniature  golf, Olympic-size  indoor  pool, outdoor  pool  with water  slide,
fitness  room,  sauna, indoor  and outdoor tennis,  bicycles, arcade and much,
much more. Let's not forget snow sports. The resort features 26 ski runs, from
200  feet  to as  high as  4,100 feet. Snowboarding,  tubing and cross country
skiing are available, along with half-pipe and a Learning Center for all ages.
Peek'n  Peak is  open all  year round  and is  located in  close proximity  to
Pittsburgh,  Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Need I say more, just
book your trip, you won't be disappointed.