NOTICE – our 18 Hole Championship has areas being remodelled, we have a challenging 9-hole layout available for play, that measures just under 3000 yards, suitable for golfers of any age and skill level.
One of toughest pars on the course (par 5 for the ladies). Rated 2nd most difficult opening hole in the UK by Golfshake.com. A slight dogleg left with sloping fairway right to left. The ideal tee shot should be shaped from right to left leaving a long to mid iron into a well-protected green. Approach shots dropping short of the green will usually kick left where trouble awaits. A par on this hole will feel like a birdie. Green runs right to left generally. Tip: when walking to the 2nd Tee, look at the 4th green for flag position.
You can open your shoulders a bit more on this one. Sloping left to right and downhill, a well stuck tee shot left of the fairway tree and avoiding the fairway bunker 50 yards behind it will give you an inviting view of the green. Approaches dropping short will normally bounce right so left edge of green is a good target. Leaving yourself short right should be avoided. Be aware of the downward dip on the front third of the green as anything with pace can run off the back edge. Green runs left to right and front to back.
A par on this hole and you will walk off the green a bit taller. A relatively wide fairway to the eye but the right to left sloping fairway may usher your ball towards the well-placed bunker on the left. Out-of-Bounds posts on the left also catch the eye forcing you to aim right where trees await. Finding the fairway may give you a shot at the long green. Do not be disappointed with a bogie.
A redesigned Par 3 usually into the wind, and slightly uphill may make club selection tricky. The prominent revetted bunker just off the back of the green might make you under club and fall short. An uphill ridge in the green will then have to be negotiated. The two bunkers to the right of the green are to be avoided as is left and long with possible Out-of-Bounds awaiting. Make a 3 and be happy.
Only the bold go with driver on this one. Big hitters may fancy having a go but miss left or right and you’re in the trees with little chance of making par. Finding this narrow fairway is a priority as generating enough spin on your downhill approach is a must to hold this green. From the rough, left or right, you must land short of the green to stay on. Avoid the two large bunkers short of the green, left and right and you are onto a winner. Be wary of the downhill ridge in the front third of the green- it is quick!
The fairway pot bunker should not cause bigger hitters any trouble but must be avoided as the revetted face will take the green out of play. Threading your tee shot between the bunker and the trees on the right will give you a good view of the green which is set back a little from the front bunker. Approach shots landing short will normally go left. Be aware of the gentle ridges in the green that may catch you out.
The signature hole and the start of our “Amen Corner”. Only a short iron for most but the wind direction can play a major part in club selection. Making the green in one will give you a boost but mind those bunkers! Green slopes back to front so be careful putting back toward the hole from any distance.
A par 3 (Ladies par 4), that will test your longer clubs. If you cannot reach in one, clear the valley with your tee shot and a large green will welcome your second shot. The green slopes back to front. Give the green a good read as the slopes can fool the best of us. A bogey on this hole is not a bad thing.
At 283 yds of the back tee (uphill), the longer hitters may see this as a “Risk/Reward” hole. The safer option is to lay up, avoiding the fairway bunkers left and right. This will leave a short iron into a long green, protected on the left by a grass hollow and on the right with a pot bunker. A relatively flat green some previous but with subtle borrows to consider.
The tee shot should favour the right half of the fairway as penal rough and overhanging trees on the left may hamper your second shot. The centre fairway bunker is in range for the longer hitter. Green is a gentle bowl but well protected by bunkers short right and left and right of green centre. The slope off the back edge will catch an over-zealous approach. Be pleased with a par.
Flag position is important when choosing how to play this hole as one of our more impressive trees dominates the front left approach. Go left and bogey or worse may result. If downwind, long drivers may find the green with a gentle right to left flight but must be accurate. A lay-up, mid to right half of the fairway will give you a great view of the green.
The tee shot will grab your full attention. Left will block out the green and right…well, good luck finding your ball (play a provisional). Aim to favour the right half of the fairway to open the green for your second shot. The right bunker at around 180yds off the tee claims many errant tee shots. The green is 36yds front to back with an uphill ridge in the front third. Well protected by bunkers, left and right, the green slopes generally into the middle. Do not be tempted to attack a mid/right pin as the front/right bunker awaits. A par on the 14th is a great result. A bogey is not a disaster.
A gentle dogleg, right to left. Finding the fairway, short of the bunker at around 200yds is a wise play and will leave a short to mid iron to a raised green. The brave player may choose to clear the bunker and the ridge, but the trees on the left must be avoided for any hope of a par.
A slight dogleg left to right. The lone tree stands at around 235yds from the back tee and the fairway runs to the left, which narrows to about 14yds at that point. Finding the fairway will open the approach into the 35yd long green protected by a large bunker short right. Out-of-Bounds lurks just through the back. Play for the heart of the green which is relatively flat but slopes slightly front to back. Attacking a back/right flag is a brave shot.
The best play off the tee is a right to left flight, following the fairway. Long and right will be blocked out by trees. From the fairway, club selection is crucial if your second shot is to avoid the bunkers short right and left. The green is a gentle bowl with subtle undulations.
A strong Par 3 to finish with Out-of-Bounds on or over the road to the left. Do not rule out a driver if off the back tee, as the prevailing wind is off the left and against. On the green, a hollow, short/right will collect any balls and take off the green to the right. From the front, the green runs left to right and slightly downhill. A three on this will make your refreshments in The Old Stables Restaurant or Fletchers Bar taste that little bit better.