Hole by Hole
Hole 1. Outgang
Standing on 1st tee with driver in hand trying to ignore the field down the right and the trees down the left, knowing this one shot may be a card wrecker, just thinking about landing the ball between the 2 fairway bunkers on top of the hill.
Got the first shot right can now see the flag and part of the green same problems down right and left 2nd shot into green clear the 2 greenside bunkers and hit the right hand side of green which runs right to left do not go long back of green out of bounds always happy with a 5 to start with.
OOB all the way down the right makes you aim your drive slightly left but can be caught out by a bunker or small trees.
Depending on wind direction, your 2nd shot could be a med iron to a wedge to a green which falls to the left.
Don’t be long as there is an OOB fence at the rear of the green
Hole 2. Hunday
Fairway slopes slightly left to right so drive should be aimed left of centre avoiding the bunkers on the right and the small trees on the far left left. This leaves a short iron to the green again aiming left of centre.
Hole 3. Tipperary
A drive between the bunkers and favouring the right side will open up the fairway for a wood or long iron second, keeping well left of the fairway bunker. This should leave an approach to a well guarded large green.
A straight drive down the right hand side of the fairway, will leave a 5 wood or long iron to around a wedge into a large green.
Hole 4. Eller
For shorter hitters aim straight between the 2 trees, for the longer hitters you may want to aim straight over the big tree and carry it. The hole slopes from left to right all the way so try to stay right, but not too far because there is a water hazard all the way up the right hand side.
Hole 5. The Faculty
Don’t let the yardage fool you into this being an easy hole. Out of Bounds down the right side and trees to the left. Bunkers well placed to catch out the drive leave a very small landing area from the tee. Green is well guarded with 3 well placed bunkers. My tip, Tee shot of around 200 yards leaves a mid to short iron into the green.
A straight shot is crucial as there is OOB on the right and trees to the left, bunkers either side of fairway, short hole with a lot of danger.
Hole 6. The Dominie
A short par 3 guarded by bunkers either side of the green. Requires a well hit short to mid iron. The green slopes from back to front.
Hole 7. Quarry
From the back tee this hole approaches 200 yards. A troublesome bunker short will catch any mishit shots. 2 further bunkers left of the green await a pulled tee shot. Once on the green a relatively flat green but if in doubt all putts will fall to sea.
Depending on conditions the tee shot is anything from a 3 wood to a mid iron.
Hit the right shot and it floats down over the bunker onto the green.
Hole 8. Gallipolli
A good straight drive slightly left of the marker post but avoiding the trees leaves a short iron into a green guarded with bunkers to both left and right.
Avoid going through the green as it falls away at the back and right side.
Irene Todhunter Hcap 16
Hole 9. Eden
This is a blind tee shot and the ideal one is just to the left of the marker post as the fairway runs from left to right. The second shot can also be blind depending on the length of your tee shot. Advice is to walk and have a look at the green and flag position at this large sunken green. This green has undulations and a 4 is good.
A straight drive left of the marker post should leave you in good position for a mid iron second shot to a green hidden with run offs on each side.
Hole 10. The President
One of the most picturesque holes on the course- but also a potential round-breaker.
Little by means of margin of error is allowed from this raised tee par 3.
Depending on the wind speed anything from 3 wood to 8 iron is required to be hit straight over the beck and between trees.. The green is undulating and protected to the front and rear by bunkers.
Not for the faint hearted!
Paul Smith 16 Hcap.
A medium iron or small wood needs to accurately place the ball to a well bunkered green.
It is better to be slightly long than short to avoid the slope at the front as any ball will run off into a valley. In summer pin position is important as it will be a very fast putt.
Barbara Davis Hcap 15
Hole 11. High Wood
Bunkers up the right at 230 yards to catch drives, don’t aim too far left as there is a copse of trees.
Dog leg right to the well guarded small green with high rough and OOB down on the left.
Hole 12. Pity Me
A short hole to an elevated green which is protected with bunkers to the front and side. Not easy.
William Bowe Hcap +3
Hole 13. The Bank
I would use a driver off the tee avoiding going left (out of bounds & water hazard).
2nd shot I would take a seven wood to clear the water hazard and play to the top of the hill.
3rd shot would be a seven wood or five iron on to the green.
Ann Martin Hcap 16
Hole 14. Gilgarran
Driver off the Tee keep to left side of fairway to avoid bunkers on the right, fairway wood for 2nd shot 8 or 9 iron to the green.
No trouble in front of green but avoid going through the green as it falls away at the back, this could leave you a tricky return shot.
Julia Lynn Hcap 14
Hole 15. Scaw
A long par 3 which requires a well struck long iron for the men, and a 3 wood or driver for the ladies. This cleverly guarded green has bunkers to both sides with lots of slopes on the green. A very difficult par 3 for all handicaps.
Dawn Stamper Hcap
A long par 3 which requires a well struck long iron to driver to carry the bunkers guarding the green.
Green has lots of slopes and swales. You might just be happy with a 4.
Hole 16. Bread & Beer House
Stroke index 4 shows this is not the easiest par 4 on the course. Trees on the right with out of bounds requires a straight shot from the tee, anything left of centre will be faced with the rough and the bunker at 240yds for the big hitters. The green is well protected at the front with the stream at the rear waiting for any over struck second shot.
Peter Hoskin hcp16
The tee shot needs to aim slightly left or else you may be blocked out by large trees down the right for you 2nd shot.
An uphill second shot may require an extra club than normal but beware a ditch at the rear of the green.
Ryan Shillito Hcap 7
Hole 17. The Captain
One of the shortest Par 4’s and although well protected a birdie is on the cards, but beware of trees to the left and out of bounds to the right,
Sloping green running from back to front is well protected by bunkers
Lay up short of the bunkers with your Tee shot , ideally favouring the right side of fairway to give yourself a full shot to the well protected green
Depending on the wind direction your tee shot could be a driver, 3 wood or a mid iron.
Accuracy required with second using a wedge as the green has good bunker placement.
Hole 18. Home
Drive should be aimed slightly left to avoid fairway bunker on right. Second shot is better placed left of crossway bunker opening up the green, leaving a short pitch onto the green.
Richard Mewse Hcap 2
The tee is set back in the fir trees and any straight drive is rewarded however any wayward drive punished by bunker on the right and out of bounds and trees to the left.
Many ladies wisely treat it as a par 5 playing short with the second and on with the third.
Belinda Rigby Hcap 12