A downhill par 5. The elevated tee looks down on a sloping fairway and the trees on the left hand side should be avoided. The second shot is likely to be from a downhill lie to a slightly left to right fairway and ideally should be threaded between 2 bunkers one short right the other left towards the green. Avoiding these bunkers should leave a straightforward shot to the green avoiding the bunker to the left of the green. The green slopes slightly from font to back.Pro's Tip
The tee is sheltered in trees, look up and players are faced with the tilted 2nd green. With trees left and a snaking bunker to the right a straight shot is essential preferably below the flag. The choice of club can be difficult as the hole generally plays longer than the yardage especially if the flag is at the back of the green. The slope on the green makes putting very tricky, many players will not be too disappointed with a 4.
From the upper tees this hole gives a panoramic view of the lower part of the course with the River Browney on the right hand side meandering in a horseshoe direction. The fairway looks very generous from the tee however there are bunkers and trees on the left with the river awaiting any errant left to right shots. The green is protected by 2 bunkers to the left and right and players need to be aware that the river meanders to the right but also behind the green catching shots that are too aggressive. Like many greens the 3rd is very long, the centre of the green is a good place to be.
This hole tends to play longer than the yardage The key to this hole is an accurate drive. The fairway narrows at around 250 yards where larches and pines cut into the fairway, on the right the river awaits the dreaded sliced shots. Many players leave the driver in the bag hoping to hit the fairway short of the trouble. The 2nd shot is slightly uphill to a wide/long green protected by bunkers left and right. The green can be tricky an uphill putt to a back flag will require firm putting.
A par 3 played from an elevated tee. The green is protected by 2 mature trees situated to the left and right of the green, a bunker situated short left catches many a ball. With the trouble all at the front the middle of the green is the place to be. The green itself looks fairly flat but has undulations and can be tricky if pins are on the left.
The longest par 4 on the course. With the tee tucked away in the trees and the river just over the path to the right again there is a premium on driving accuracy. From the tee the fairway veers slightly right bringing the river into play, to the left side is a line of trees and 3 bunkers. Take plenty of club for the approach shot, the shot is uphill the fairway narrowing towards the green. There is trouble left and the ever present river and bunkers on the right. Although the green looks flat there are many undulations to contend with.
Etched out of woodland the 7th is the most picturesque hole. From tee to green the hole is set in an avenue of silver birch and pine trees. Although not very long the tee shot has got to be straight to avoid the trees, a bunker is situated front right catching anything short. The green itself slopes from front to back but some pin positions will require a silky putting stroke especially if the flag is situated to the left. If played positively this hole will present birdie opportunities.
This hole is relatively straight forward but care needs to be taken from the tee. With hawthorn bushes to the left players should favour a line slightly to the right of the marker from which the ball should gather into the centre of the fairway giving a good view of the green. The green slopes from front to back and care needs to be taken on the approach shot as balls can run through. The undulating green will require imagination but a crisp iron to the centre should be rewarded with par or better.
The hole is a slight dogleg right. The drive is to a sloping left to right fairway, which could leave a challenging shot to the green. The majority of golfers will not see the surface of the green for the 2nd shot but the marker is a good line. The green is protected by a steep faced bunker to the left. The centre of the green is the smart shop. Once again the green is fairly long with subtle slopes. Positive putting is essential, a par is a good return on this hole.
Known locally as the pond hole, this pretty dogleg par 4 offers a good birdie opportunity. For most golfers a good drive will find them at the corner of the dogleg, longer hitters should consider hitting a rescue. Some may attempt to drive the green or carry the dogleg, but this is fraught with danger and also brings the out of bounds on the left into play. A tee shot to the corner leaves only a short iron to a generous green that is protected by a pond to the left, a bunker short right, and out of bounds through the back.
A long straight par 5 which is tree lined along its length. A ditch at the bottom of a valley makes going for the green out of the question for all but the longest. The fairway is very generous but narrows at about 250 yards. Some may consider leaving the driver in the bag as your next shot is more than likely to be a layup. Two bunkers placed just short of the ditch should be avoided when laying up, a second shot finishing short of these two bunkers is ideal, anything past will leave an awkward downhill stance. The ideal layup leaves only a short iron to the green but make sure you are up, as anything short may end up back down the valley towards the ditch.
A short tree lined hole where the fairway is very generous at 200 yards but narrows dramatically short of the green. A classic risk and reward par 4. Longer hitters are often tempted to chance a driver but be warned a second shot from the trees on either side also means negotiating a greenside bunker. A tee shot of about 200 yards to a wide fairway will leave a short iron to the green, which is well protected by bunkers front left, front right and one at the back. A very good birdie chance.
A challenging par 4 with tall pine trees on the left that run the length of the hole. Over these is out of bounds. A small copse of silver birch protrude from the left at 200 yards forcing players to drive right. Trees all down the right mean that the ideal drive would be a shaped right to left. A good drive will leave most golfers a mid iron to the green. The approach is demanding as trees and a railway line are tight to the left. Those who bail out to the right will find two bunkers await them. Walk off with a par, a happy golfer.
A challenging par 5 that snakes to the right then back to the left. Longer hitters can take on the trees on the right to leave a shot at the green but this requires a long accurate drive. The conservative drive is just right of the marker post. You are then faced with a large tree on the left between you and the hole. Play to the right of this and short of the well placed bunker on the right. From here it's all downhill to a green that slopes from front to back. A good birdie chance if you can stay out of the trees!
A strong par 3 through an avenue of pine trees. Good advice is to take an extra club as it's all carry to the raised green, anything short will not run up. Aim left of the flag as everything comes in from that direction, the mounds on the left can also help this strategy. Once on the green a deft putting touch is required as it slopes from back to front and left to right and just for good measure it also has two distinct tiers, right and left. All golfers are happy to leave with a par.
A dogleg par 4. Trees tight to the left favour the draw from the tee, the marker or just left of it is a good line. A dip in the fairway at the corner of the dogleg means the second shot is rarely played from a flat lie. Adventurous players often decide to drive over the trees on the left to shorten the hole, they often rue this decision. From the corner the hole rises gradually up to the green protected by bunkers short and right, with out of bounds left and long. The green slopes from back to front making downhill putts very tricky. Par is a good score.
A short, downhill dogleg par 4. Most people will leave the driver in the bag. The tee shot is played from a chute of trees, the marker post being a good line. Position of the drive is crucial, too short and you are blocked out by trees and too long the out of bounds awaits. The ideal drive will reach the end of the fairway allowing the second shot to be played slightly uphill to the green which slopes from left to right. Shorter drives bring two greenside bunkers on the left more into play. With a well positioned tee shot this is a birdie hole.
The final hole is uphill all the way. Large mature trees on the right get your attention on the tee especially if you favour a right to left shot. The dense woodland on the left gets the attention of those who favour the left to right shot. Best hit it straight! A good drive will leave a short to mid iron to a long, narrow green well protected by bunkers left and right. Happily, take a par and move onto the 19th!