With O.O.B. along the right, your drive should favour the left half of the fairway, but be sure not to drive too far left as bunkers & broom await. This should set up a mid to short iron approach to a two tiered green. Accuracy is required as the green is raised at the sides and back and the run-off areas will leave you a tricky chip.
An easier looking drive, but don’t let your tee shot leak right as gorse and the race track runs all the way along the length of the hole and the race track is NOT O.O.B. For big hitters this green is easily reachable in two, though O.O.B. resides at the fence close behind the green. But for most players, they will find their third shot from within 130yards, so a good pitch will leave a good chance to make a birdie!
An accurate tee shot is a must here. Big hitters can take on the fairway bunkers, but most players will need to aim just left of them. The mid to short iron approach shot is to a well guarded green, with 2 bunkers left and 2 bunkers right. Care must be taken to not go through the green as O.O.B. is close behind and to the right of the green. Birdies here aren’t commonplace, you’ll be happy with a par!
A tricky par 3 which requires a well flighted tee shot to clear the broom & gorse, a short tee shot may end up in the large grassy hollow in front of the green. If you miss to the left this is the safer side to be on, as a miss to the right will leave a tough chip from the rough or race track. A bunker protects the front right. Par is a great score here.
Risk & reward. Big hitters may want to go for this green, but with the race track along the right, gorse to the left and bunkers aplenty it needs to be straight. The green is easily reachable in 2, with a long iron or fairway wood tee shot short of the bunkers but undulations in the landing area does not always lead to flat lie. The conservative play may yield a birdie!
Again the race track hugs the right side of the hole and with 3 fairway bunkers on the left half and broom further left, a straight drive is required. An accurate mid to short iron approach to a two tiered green is a must. Miss left and the deep bunker will swallow you up, miss right and the deep rough awaits. Stay below the hole if possible on this Green.
No race track, but plenty of broom & gorse on both sides, from a slightly elevated tee. Your drive should just favour the left half to leave a direct approach to the green, avoiding the grass bunker short right. The green runs off on all sides; miss left and a bunker is lurking, hit too boldly and you’ll find deep rough leaving a tough up and down.
With the prevailing wind this hole often plays longer than its 435yards, so a long drive will certainly help. The further left you go the more you bring the Broom into play, cutting the corner, the longer the carry you will require. However cut-off too much of the corner and you will require a provisional ball. The race track awaits a blocked or sliced drive. A solid approach is a must to hit this green, with bunkers left and race track right. For many it’s a 3 shot approach on this Stroke index 1 hole.
A reachable par 5, big hitters may reach the race track which crosses the fairway, but the race track also crosses in front of the green, so those going for it in two will need to hit a high and long second shot. The green is surrounded by trees, bunkers left & right and beware the O.O.B. through the back. A conservative approach will most likely yield more birdie opportunities, but stay below the hole on this green as the green slopes from back to front.
The highest tee on the course encourages players to go for a big drive, but keep it straight as trees on both sides and the fairway bunker are there to trap an errant tee shot. A mid to long iron approach must be accurate as there are bunkers front left and front right of the green. The green runs subtly from front to back and the speed often catches the player unawares.
The left half of the fairway is best off the tee, avoiding the large Silver Birch next to the 17th green, as the right side of the fairway is protected by 3 bunkers. The green has its own protection in the shape of 3 more bunkers that cross the front of the green from front left to back right, but good accuracy may reward you with a birdie on this raised green. Probably the best evidence of James Braids footprint on the course.
For those who like to shape the ball, a fade around the corner is the shot, but don’t bite off too much as you may lose your ball in the broom & gorse on the right. An accurate approach is a must, as chip shots from around the green will be from hollows below the surface of the green.
You cannot see the green from the tee as it is set in a bowl, so be sure of your yardage and allow for any wind, as there is plenty of broom and gorse to catch a poor tee shot. The green has plenty of slope from the back down to the front, so if you can keep your tee shot below the hole you’ll have a much easier putt for birdie.
Your tee shot must be struck well enough to clear the old quarry, otherwise you will have a tough pitch to the green, up a steep bank. There is some thick broom to the left and the front left of the green is guarded by a venerable Oak tree. A good tee shot should leave a very makeable birdie putt on this flat green.
Again an accurate tee shot is very important, as O.O.B. guards the right sides of the hole, for 2/3 of its length. A pulled tee shot left will need to avoid the old quarry penalty area. The race track crosses this fairway at driving distance for the medium/long hitter, which can make the second shot difficult. The green sits in-front of a magnificent Sycamore tree and is small and flat, a running shot from distance or for the longer hitter, a high flying approach shot is required to stop the ball on its surface.
This hole has a wide fairway that looks narrower from the tee due to broom that encroaches from the left, so trust the course guide and you have the opportunity to go for a big drive, as a long tee shot will certainly help here, favouring the left half of the fairway. This leaves a mid to long iron approach to a green guarded by bunkers left and right.
The only par 3 with a clear approach to the green, but it is also the longest par 3 on the course, so most players will be hitting a long club to a well guarded green. 2 bunkers left and 2 bunkers right will catch the errant tee shot. The Silver Birch to the left of the green can reject pulled tee shots.
A flat hole that curves gently to the left, the tee shot looks quite inviting, but be sure to favour the fairway close to the mature birch tree on the left-side of the fairway, as the bunker and bushes to the right can catch you out. Skirting the bunker on the right leaves a direct approach up the length of the green that slopes gently from front to back. Long hitters can clear the tree leaving a simple approach, but beware the broom and gorse beyond the tree to the left. The approach shot must be judged well to clear the road running in front of the green.