There are a lot of great golf courses in and around South Bend.Â Juday Creek is one of the few courses that has homes situated on the course. Itâ€™s a public 18 hole course that Iâ€™ve played many times and grown to like very much.Â It is a very flat track with few mature trees but many water hazards.Â Water comes into play on at least 10 holes.Â The fairways are lush and the greens are well maintained and usually fast.Â Several of the greens are tricky with severe slopes.Â Crazy pin placements can drive you mad at times.
Hole #1 starts your round with an easy par 4.Â It has wide open fairway and no hazards except some sand front right and rear left.
There are several holes that offer tempting high risk high reward shots.Â Hole #2 is a par 5 reachable in 2 strokes for big hitters.Â A good drive needs to be followed by a strong second shot of about 230 yards over a large pond.
Hole #13 is a long par 4 that screams â€œlay upâ€ on your second shot.Â A long drive still leaves you with well over 200 yards to the green and you have to carry a creek to get there.Â The approach shot also requires accuracy because it is framed by trees on both sides near the creek.
Hole #14 is a tricky par 4 on the backside that is a severe dogleg left that tempts big hitters to cut the corner.Â The problem is a huge waste bunker that catches all but the best hit drives.Â Conservative play says hit a 3 wood straight and take a 150 yard iron in to the green.