Our signature course was built in 1949 by Alfred Tull and past home to the McDonald's LPGA Championship for over 18 years. Since our re-opening in 2005 (after restoration by Lester George to its utmost potential), the DuPont course has hosted the Delaware State Championship, U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur qualifying and many prestigious regional and local tournaments. The par 71 DuPont Course features five sets of tees to choose from with yardages measuring from 5244 yards to 7120 yards. Well designed fairways and greens enhance the subtle shot making and short game required to score well and strategically placed bunkers add to the challenge. If you choose to play from the back tees, the par threes mount a significant challenge ranging in length from 180 yards to 241 yards. Our signature hole is number 15, which measures 460 yards and is well protected by deep bunkers and a creek that runs the entire length of the hole. To finish off your round you are given the "risk and reward" option of two fairway choices on our par 4 hole number 18, which measures 445 yards.
This demanding opening hole requires a solid tee shot, otherwise you'll face a long approach. The right side is quite open from the tee as long as you miss the huge bunker that looms just off the fairway. Expect a difficult approach shot to a well-bunkered green.
Play your tee shot left of the right side bunkers. Only the longest hitters can cut the corner. Tee shots that go too far right leave either a difficult bunker shot or end up in high rough. Avoid the very deep greenside bunkers - it is better to be long and chipping back from over the green! This green slopes from front to back, making a front hole location especially challenging.
Our Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) reduces pesticide usage by strengthening natural plant defenses and withholding pesticides until threshold levels for diagnosed pest problems are exceeded. Targeted pests include broadleaf weeds and various turf grass diseases such as pink snow mold, summer patch and anthracnose.
On this dogleg left, players will need to decide if they can carry the fairway bunkers at the corner. The further left your drive, the shorter the approach. However, with such a severe dogleg, tee shots can run through the fairway. Only a well-struck iron on the uphill approach shot will hold this raised green.
The tall grasses and wildflowers to the left of this hole provide a pleasant textural contrast to the cultivated turf grass. More importantly, these areas do not require irrigation or fertilization and provide excellent wildlife habitat. Twenty-five acres of non-play areas on the golf course have been naturalized for environmental benefits.
A drive down the left side of the fairway sets up the best approach angle on this dogleg right. A tee shot lost to the right leaves you in high grass or with a blind second shot over trees. Bunkers protect both sides of the green. If your approach goes right, left or long, you'll face a difficult chip.
The green on this par 3 has a narrow opening in the front, guarded by deep bunkers. The large putting surface is receptive, but the two back corners fall off somewhat severely. Pay attention to the wind and adjust your club selection accordingly.
A big drive on this par 4 will reach the bottom of the hill, leaving a very short approach. The large bunker fronting the green requires that you reach the putting surface on the fly. There is a small bail out area just short and left of the green. The large green can fool your eye... the front-to-back slope is milder than it appears and often leads to over-reading putts that go across the slope from either side.
This uphill par 4 plays longer than it looks. A safe tee shot is played left of the two large bunkers on the right. Longer hitters can shorten the hole by flying them, however trees will jail a shot that strays too far right. The angled green is guarded by bunkers and a steep hillside on the left.
On this tough, downhill par 3, club selection depends on the wind and hole location. Bunkers protect both sides of the deep, angled green. Shots that miss long or left will leave difficult uphill pitches to a green that slopes away from you.
Your front nine score can be made or ruined on this dogleg right par 5. The creek on the right will catch errant tee shots and those that misjudge carrying the corner. Second shots cross this same creek, leaving a short iron approach to a long, elevated green. Big hitters have to avoid the deep bunker on the left to get home in two.
The bird box to the left of this hole and others located around the course are home to the Eastern Bluebird. Though bluebird populations have declined throughout the country, the population here at the DuPont Country Club is on the rise. Over 20 bluebird families nest here each year.
Long hitters should keep their drivers in the bag to avoid the creek at the end of the fairway. This steeply pitched green will penalize shots that come up short, and yet putting from above the hole is tricky at best. A solid par here will start your back nine off on the right foot.
The creek that crosses the fairway in front of this green is known as "Husbands Run". Feeding shorebirds are often seen here. Look for two of Delaware's rare species; the Great Blue Heron and the Snowy White Egret.
On this long, three-shot par 5, tee shots generally get little roll. A drive to the heavily-wooded right side could spell trouble. Getting up and down from the large bunkers fronting the green is tough. The green contains some severe slopes and it pays to stay below the hole.
This relatively short par 4 is well bunkered. If you carry the fairway bunkers on the left, you'll be rewarded with a short-iron approach. Think birdie!
This long, uphill par 3 is one of the hardest holes on the course and definitely ranks as the most difficult of the par threes. Many players will need to go with a wood from the tee. Large, deep bunkers surround the elevated green. The front third of the green is sneaky fast if you are above the hole. Take your three here and run to the 14th tee!
Husbands Run crosses the tee complex and is home to many reptiles including non-poisonous snakes ("queen" also referred to as a "willow", "leather" or common "water"), a variety of turtles (Painted, Mush and Snapper) and an abundance of various species of frogs.
This par 4 is one of DuPont's best driving holes. Favor the left side while avoiding the bunkers. The relatively flat green will reward good shots, but go long or left and you'll be facing a big number.
This contender to be the signature hole has earned its reputation as the hardest hole on the course. Favor the left side to avoid the creek that wanders down the right rough. However, the further right you are, the better the approach angle to the green sitting on the far side of the creek. There is a bailout area short of the green but the angle can turn even a simple layup into a tricky shot. The large green is prone to three putts if you misjudge your approach.
Husbands Run guards the right side of this hole. The creek bed features planted aquatic vegatation. A natural wetland begins at the green and continues beyond it. A bluebird box can also be seen in this area.
Take advantage of the generous landing area and let it fly off the tee. Avoid the bunkers and the trees on your second and you'll be left with a routine wedge shot to set up a chance for the birdie.
A seasonal wetland divides the tee complex. These important wildlife habitat areas form ponds in the wet season, while remaining dry the rest of the year. Naturalized fescue grasses are dominant. Many frog species lay their eggs in seasonal wetlands to protect them from fish and other predators.
DuPont's most picturesque par 3 plays slightly downhill but often into a quartering breeze, making club selection a challenge. A ridge divides the green into distinct right and left sides, placing a premium on accuracy. Matches are often decided on this deceptive little hole!
The quality of Husbands Run, to the right of the hole, improved dramatically with environmental enhancements in 2005. The maintenance building, wash-off area and surrounding asphalt were all removed. The creek surroundings were planted with native grasses. This natural area will be left undisturbed, creating more valuable wildlife habitat.
DuPont's Signature Hole features a generous landing area on the right side of the stream. From there you'll have a long, uphill second shot to an elevated, well-bunkered green. More daring players should go left of the stream to the smaller fairway for a shorter approach shot. Good luck!
Willow Run crosses this fairway. Vegetative buffers such as taller grasses, emergent plants, and shrubs planted on either side of the creek stabilize the stream banks with their aggressive root systems and act as nutrient filters.
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Our par 71 Nemours Course was built in 1938 and has three sets of tees to choose from, with yardage ranging from 5366 yards to 6230 yards. On this undulating course with varying elevation and lies, fairways are narrow and greens are small to medium sized, so there is a premium on accuracy. The front nine starts off with two relatively flat and short holes, but don't be fooled as certain challenges lie ahead. The 3rd hole, a 416 yard par 4, offers a difficult challenge with it's drastic elevation change and is followed by the 4th hole; a narrow and difficult 358 yard par 4 which is also the number 1 handicap hole. This picturesque course can lull you to comfort, but be prepared to finish strong because the 605 yard 18th hole is a challenge.