A short, sharp dogleg-right par four. The two fairway bunkers in view from the tee are 200 yards from the yellow tees, so for the longer hitter, a driver to start your round may not be the right choice of club!
Two bunkers either side of the green protect a slightly wayward short approach and out of bounds 10 yards behind the green can make a fairly straight forward start to your round a potential card wrecker!
The course has been slightly reconfigured recently and the new 2nd hole opened in April 2011 after a £50,000 investment. This fantastic par 3 plays on average 150 yards, with bunkers short, left & long and 2 large ponds to the right hand side of the green.
The green is very, very wide (but not overly deep) so at least you have a big target! But there is also out of bounds beyond a large mound at the back of the green leaving club selection essential for a good result on this hole. Already rated as one of the finest par 3's on the Midlands PGA Pro-Am circuit, makes this a great choice for nearest-the-pin competitions.
A fairly long par 4 with out of bounds beyond the hedge running the length of the right hand side of the hole. A bunker to the left side of the fairway at 220 yards adjacent to a coppice to the right, narrows the landing/rollout tee-shot margin for error. A slight downhill approach to the green can help-on under hit shots but a bunker short- right can easily punish.
The second longest par 4 on the course will put your long game to the test! The fairway is plenty wide enough though and a fairway bunker at around 250 yards from the tee is only an issue for the big hitters.
A huge oak tree overhanging the green, combined with 3 greenside bunkers demands a precise approach.
The longest hole on the course! This par 5 will definitely require at least 3 or 4 shots to reach the green for most players. A ditch runs across the fairway at around 300 yards with a large fairway bunker to the right at around 260yards that can catch the longer hitters.
The green only comes into view around 100 yards short as there is a steep down-slope which can help chase your ball on or even over the back if too much club is taken. 2 large greenside bunkers and a lateral water hazard behind makes a tricky approach.
The shortest of the par 3’s from the yellow tees, but the green is heavily guarded with 3 bunkers and a surrounding ditch.
This hole is a very different prospect from the members medal/championship tee, playing 200 yards!
A medium length par 4 and a good opportunity to make a par or better but this hole still requires some careful negotiating. A large pond splits this and the 17th holes and can collect a wild slice!
Two fairway bunkers to the right side of the hole are also out to catch the longer hitters. There is also more water stretching 80 yards short to the left of the green. Another bunker sits short and slightly right of the front of the green.
A challenging slight dogleg-left hole which heads back towards the hotel.
A large coppice hugs the whole of the right hand side of the hole and a trickily placed fairway bunker at 230 yards to the left side (from yellow tees) makes this a tough driving hole. 2 large bunkers either side of the green see plenty of use!
A tough par 4 to end the front 9 that heads back away from the hotel to the left side of the driving range. Lots of hazards to avoid here! Out-of-bounds beyond a 10 yard wide coppice stretches down the entire right side of the hole.
A ditch running across the full length of the fairway requires 185 yard carry from yellow tees (or bounce over if you are lucky!), 2 large fairway bunkers at around 210 and 235 yards will easily catch a good long tee shot straying a little left. 3 Greenside bunkers are situated short, right and back right, protecting a slight back-to-front sloping green.
The last and longest of our fantastic par 3’s and once again water plays a major part here! The first thing you will notice on this tee is a pond straight ahead which demands a well struck shot to carry (around 130 yards from yellow tees and 110 from red). A well struck shot straying slightly left will still find the lake to the left of the green – especially as the natural contour of the ground slopes towards it!A large, deep green side bunker to the right also protects a bale out shot away from the water.Pro’s Tip
A long Par 5 that gives you a little more margin for error from the tee up to around 230 yards, where a coppice to the right can block you out for your second shot. A long coppice left that splits this and the 16th fairway can also cause problems – but the fairway is plenty wide enough for you to confidently hit the driver.
A large fairway bunker at 250 yards to the right side of the fairway can also catch the longer hitters, you will not see it as it is over the brow of the hill – but for reference it is in line with the big oak you can see. There is a bunker 50 yards short of the green to the left side of the fairway and 2 greenside bunkers short and to the right creating a narrow entrance to this green.Pro’s Tip
Ranked as the most difficult hole on the course, mainly due to its length – and as it is all uphill it certainly plays its full yardage. A deep ditch runs across the middle of the fairway at around 120 yards and stretches up the right side for another 50 or so yards.
There are 2 large oaks either side of the fairway at 230 yards from the yellow tees, then further coppices both sides stretch up towards the green. There is only one greenside bunker to the left and the green itself slopes quite dramatically at the front section. A popular choice for ‘Longest Drive’ competitions!Pro’s Tip
The last and perhaps most interesting and challenging of the Par 5’s due to its left-to-right sloping fairway and long two-tier sloping green. The fairway is approximately 40 feet higher along the left hand side than it is on the right (for the first 350 yards and begins to level out nearer the green). Out of bounds runs all the way down the left side for about 400 yards.
A large oak and coppice towards the bottom of the slope on the right at around 230 yards from the tee make this a tricky driving hole. A fairway bunker also sits just short of 100 yards on the right side. There is also one large greenside bunker again on the right. The green itself is 2 tiered and runs very quickly from front-to-back.
The start of a run of five par 4’s to complete the round. A slight dog-leg right-to-left hole from an elevated tee makes this a fun driving hole. A large pond not visible from the tee is situated to the left side of the hole and will catch most tee shots hit far enough left.
A coppice to the right side at 200 yards and a bunker just beyond at 240 yards can easily catch tee shots straying even slightly to the right. A large greenside bunker sits to the right. At stroke index 5 two reasonable shots here can boost your score.Pro’s Tip
Aim left side of the green, away from the bunker where there is plenty of room for a ‘miss.’ Longer hitters – aim left side of the fairway with draw (the fairway kicks a little left-to-right) - to leave a short iron approach setting up an easy par or birdie opportunity.
Stroke Index – 13 Red Tees – 306yards Yellow Tees – 338yards White Tees – 350yards
This hole, along with the 2nd opened in April 2011 as part of the course reconfiguration to allow us to construct a first class short game practice facility situated around the ‘old’ 2nd green (opened in June 2011) specifically for members & coaching. We also now have potential to add further accommodation (lodges) in the future around the ‘old 3rd’ hole pond area. This exciting dog-leg right par 4 has two large fairway bunkers either side of the fairway at around 160-180 yards, with out of bounds running down the left. Water hazards extend down the right side of the hole, across the fairway 70 yards short of the green and also adjacent to the left side of the green.
All through the winter of 2011/12 further investment and improvements have been made including drainage work, adding a new green side bunker, improving the surrounding areas of the green and work on the green itself. Now fully back open (April 2012) we have a hole that provides a great challenge and is of a quality that matches the rest of the course.
Another long par 4 which requires length and accuracy from the tee. Large trees run down the left side of the hole until around 170 yards short of the green where a lateral water hazard takes over. A coppice separating this and the 11th holes runs down the entire right side of the hole. A cleverly placed fairway bunker awaits slightly left side around 60 yards short of the green with pot bunkers on the right side of the green. Pro’s Tip
This elevated tee shot over water is perhaps the most thrilling drive on the course! From the men’s tees a drive carrying at least 140 yards is required to safely negotiate the water. The ladies tee requires around 50 yards of carry. A massive bunker stretches around 70 yards along the right hand side of the fairway up until a coppice 100 yards short of the green. The deep green has a bunker front-right and to the left, making a narrow approach.Pro’s Tip
The shortest par 4 on the course to finish your round. The fairway is wide enough but with bunkers placed at 140 yards (right) and 160 yards (left) from the tee – out of bounds all the way down the right, coppices up the left and a ditch across the fairway around 200 yards from the tee – the landing area feels a little narrow!
A pond short right and another just beyond, to the right side of the green makes the longer hitter think twice about taking the green on from the tee. There is also a large greenside bunker front-left and out-of-bounds up the bank just behind the green. A real grand stand finish as Tawny’s bar terrace overlooks the green. Be prepared for cheers from the gallery if you hit a good approach!Pro’s Tip
Produced by Rob Davies, Head Golf Professional
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