• 1st Par 4 404 yards Mains

    Pro’s Tip:
    Into the wind, aim left of centre to avoid a sidehill lie for your long or mid iron approach. Downwind, a shot up the right side of the fairway will gain extra yards. Beware the dell beyond the big tree on the left. Bunkers left and right of the green will catch an errant approach shot, so if in doubt, short is better than long.

    1st-green
  • 2nd 298 yards Par 4 Canny Tell

    Pro’s Tip:
    The safe line is to aim on the red roof away in the distance (a slight fade is ideal). If you’re feeling bold, aim over the big tree with the driver, but bear in mind anything short will be caught by the pine trees short of the green.

    2nd-Tee-shot
  • 3rd 175 yards Par 3 Pear Tree

    Pro’s Tip:
    Into a westerly breeze, this is the toughest of the par 3’s. Always plays a club longer than you think, as the hole is uphill. Missing left is the safe option, but often leaves a difficult chip from a sloping lie in the rough. Take a 3 and move on!

    3rd-green-from-the-tee
  • 4th 395 yards Par 4 New Road

    Pro’s Tip:
    A blind drive where the marker is a good line to hold a wideish fairway. The second shot should be straightforward with a mid-iron, although anything offline will be funnelled towards the greenside bunkers. An extra tip is to check the pin position on the 14th, which is to your left.

    4th-tee-shot
  • 5th 283 yards Par 4 Houston

    Pro’s Tip:
    A short par 4 where accuracy rather than power off the tee is the answer. If you can’t see the pin from the tee, try and get your tee shot up the right hand side for the best line in. A good tee shot will leave a short iron in to create that birdie chance.

    5th-green-looking-back-to-tee
  • 6th 284 yards Par 4 The Avenue

    Pro’s Tip:
    Another shortish par 4 which is driveable with the prevailing wind. Beware overhanging trees to the left and OOB along the right hand tree line. If in doubt, a hybrid or long iron from the tee may be the safe option. The green slopes from front to back, so be canny with the pitch shot.

    6th-tee-shot-
  • 7th 148 yards Par 3 The Dooket

    Pro’s Tip:
    Look out for the bunker on the front/left which can’t be seen from the tee – anything short is likely to end up in there. Otherwise, a straightforward hole, where judging the wind can be difficult as the green is sheltered by trees.

    7th-tee-shot
  • 8th 360 yards Par 4 Elbow

    Pro’s Tip:
    From the elevated tee it’s easy to run out of fairway to the left and from the right side there’s a large tree to negotiate with the approach shot. Ideally, the tee shot should be left of centre, leaving a clear path to the large green. Missing long can leave a very quick chip or putt.

    8th-green
  • 9th 418 yards Par 4 Stankards

    Pro’s Tip:
    One of the best driving holes on the course, with a narrow landing area at the 240/250 yard mark. There’s also out of bounds left on the tee shot and approach. The second shot plays quite a bit downhill, so club selection needs to factor this in. Beware the out of bounds through the green.

    9th-green-nlooking-back-up-fairway
  • 10th 434 yards Par 4 Long Haul

    Pro’s Tip:
    Often seen as the toughest hole on the course, a long drive on the fairway will bring the green in range for a hybrid or long iron. A generous opening between the bunkers recognises that second shots might be a fairway wood. Generally played into the prevailing wind, a 4 here will see you gain a shot on most of the field.

    10th-tee-shot
  • 11th 484 yards Par 5 Randies

    Pro’s Tip:
    If the 10th was hard work, the 11th should bring some respite. A drive up to the area near the marker will give a good look at the green – if you’re doubtful if you can reach, perhaps a lay-up short of the fairway bunkers and redwood trees will be the answer. Beware the temptation to attack a back left pin – missing long or left can lead to a big number!

    11th tee shot
  • 12th 274 yards Par 4 Beech Trees

    Pro’s Tip:
    A straightforward short par 4 if the fairway bunkers are avoided. Consider a lay-up with a fairway club or hybrid to find the fairway. Missing long could leave a slick putt, especially if the hole is cut at the front.

    12th tee shot
  • 13th 304 yards Par 4 The Holdings

    Pro’s Tip:
    With the green sloping right to left, a tee shot up the left hand side gives the best angle to attack the pin, but brings the fairway bunkers and trees into play for a pulled drive. Be too cautious and the trees on the right of the fairway can make the approach tricky, especially if the pin is on the right.

    13th tee shot
  • 14th 412 yards Par 4 The Dyke

    Pro’s Tip:
    Stroke index 1 and generally plays to that degree of difficulty, with the fairway tricky to find, despite its width. The prevailing wind pushes a sliced tee shot towards the out of bounds on the right. Find the fairway and it’s a mid-iron to the green – under hit approaches will be caught by the swale at the front of the green. Make sure and check the pin position on the tee and take enough club for your approach.

    14th approach shot to green over ridge
  • 15th 173 yards Par 3 The Double

    Pro’s Tip:
    Played from an elevated tee to the green shared with the second, this hole can range from a short-iron to a full blooded fairway club depending on the wind. Anything short and right will be fed down into the greenside bunker – if you’ve got a score going, aim for the middle of the green – it’s often said that aiming between the 2 flags is the safest option.

    15th tee shot to right hand flag on shred green
  • 16th 134 yards Par 3 The Burn

    Pro’s Tip:
    Only 135 yards from the medal tees, this hole often leads to an ‘early bath’, with water short and out of bounds long and left. A short iron is usually enough, with the emphasis on a solid strike to clear the trouble. If the wind is from your left on the tee, the hole plays into it, so club up!

    16th tee shot
  • 17th 283 yards Par 4 The Thorns

    Pro’s Tip:
    A real risk and reward hole. If you’re scorecard is still intact, consider an iron for position aimed on the red tiled roof to leave a pitch onto one of the firmer greens in the course. For the bold, an attempt at the green is always an option, but beware out of bounds, especially to the right where there’s only 10 yards or so to the right of the green.

    17th tee shot
  • 18th 383 yards Par 4 Binnie Craig

    Pro’s Tip:
    One of the most difficult finishing holes in the area, generally straight into the wind, with out of bounds lurking to the right. The safe line is left of the fairway, but this can leave an awkward stance for the second. Too far left and you’ll have the company of the pro for your second shot – he just loves knocking on his window to remind you he’s watching! Look out for the water hazard 60 yards or so short of the green. The second shot usually plays longer than it looks, so club selection is crucial to make that all important par to beat your handicap (or make buffer!).

    18th tee shot
  • 1st Par 4 404 yards Mains

    1st-green

    Pro’s Tip:
    Into the wind, aim left of centre to avoid a sidehill lie for your long or mid iron approach. Downwind, a shot up the right side of the fairway will gain extra yards. Beware the dell beyond the big tree on the left. Bunkers left and right of the green will catch an errant approach shot, so if in doubt, short is better than long.

  • 2nd 298 yards Par 4 Canny Tell

    2nd-Tee-shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    The safe line is to aim on the red roof away in the distance (a slight fade is ideal). If you’re feeling bold, aim over the big tree with the driver, but bear in mind anything short will be caught by the pine trees short of the green.

  • 3rd 175 yards Par 3 Pear Tree

    3rd-green-from-the-tee

    Pro’s Tip:
    Into a westerly breeze, this is the toughest of the par 3’s. Always plays a club longer than you think, as the hole is uphill. Missing left is the safe option, but often leaves a difficult chip from a sloping lie in the rough. Take a 3 and move on!

  • 4th 395 yards Par 4 New Road

    4th-tee-shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    A blind drive where the marker is a good line to hold a wideish fairway. The second shot should be straightforward with a mid-iron, although anything offline will be funnelled towards the greenside bunkers. An extra tip is to check the pin position on the 14th, which is to your left.

  • 5th 283 yards Par 4 Houston

    5th-green-looking-back-to-tee

    Pro’s Tip:
    A short par 4 where accuracy rather than power off the tee is the answer. If you can’t see the pin from the tee, try and get your tee shot up the right hand side for the best line in. A good tee shot will leave a short iron in to create that birdie chance.

  • 6th 284 yards Par 4 The Avenue

    6th-tee-shot-

    Pro’s Tip:
    Another shortish par 4 which is driveable with the prevailing wind. Beware overhanging trees to the left and OOB along the right hand tree line. If in doubt, a hybrid or long iron from the tee may be the safe option. The green slopes from front to back, so be canny with the pitch shot.

  • 7th 148 yards Par 3 The Dooket

    7th-tee-shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    Look out for the bunker on the front/left which can’t be seen from the tee – anything short is likely to end up in there. Otherwise, a straightforward hole, where judging the wind can be difficult as the green is sheltered by trees.

  • 8th 360 yards Par 4 Elbow

    8th-green

    Pro’s Tip:
    From the elevated tee it’s easy to run out of fairway to the left and from the right side there’s a large tree to negotiate with the approach shot. Ideally, the tee shot should be left of centre, leaving a clear path to the large green. Missing long can leave a very quick chip or putt.

  • 9th 418 yards Par 4 Stankards

    9th-green-nlooking-back-up-fairway

    Pro’s Tip:
    One of the best driving holes on the course, with a narrow landing area at the 240/250 yard mark. There’s also out of bounds left on the tee shot and approach. The second shot plays quite a bit downhill, so club selection needs to factor this in. Beware the out of bounds through the green.

  • 10th 434 yards Par 4 Long Haul

    10th-tee-shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    Often seen as the toughest hole on the course, a long drive on the fairway will bring the green in range for a hybrid or long iron. A generous opening between the bunkers recognises that second shots might be a fairway wood. Generally played into the prevailing wind, a 4 here will see you gain a shot on most of the field.

  • 11th 484 yards Par 5 Randies

    11th tee shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    If the 10th was hard work, the 11th should bring some respite. A drive up to the area near the marker will give a good look at the green – if you’re doubtful if you can reach, perhaps a lay-up short of the fairway bunkers and redwood trees will be the answer. Beware the temptation to attack a back left pin – missing long or left can lead to a big number!

  • 12th 274 yards Par 4 Beech Trees

    12th tee shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    A straightforward short par 4 if the fairway bunkers are avoided. Consider a lay-up with a fairway club or hybrid to find the fairway. Missing long could leave a slick putt, especially if the hole is cut at the front.

  • 13th 304 yards Par 4 The Holdings

    13th tee shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    With the green sloping right to left, a tee shot up the left hand side gives the best angle to attack the pin, but brings the fairway bunkers and trees into play for a pulled drive. Be too cautious and the trees on the right of the fairway can make the approach tricky, especially if the pin is on the right.

  • 14th 412 yards Par 4 The Dyke

    14th approach shot to green over ridge

    Pro’s Tip:
    Stroke index 1 and generally plays to that degree of difficulty, with the fairway tricky to find, despite its width. The prevailing wind pushes a sliced tee shot towards the out of bounds on the right. Find the fairway and it’s a mid-iron to the green – under hit approaches will be caught by the swale at the front of the green. Make sure and check the pin position on the tee and take enough club for your approach.

  • 15th 173 yards Par 3 The Double

    15th tee shot to right hand flag on shred green

    Pro’s Tip:
    Played from an elevated tee to the green shared with the second, this hole can range from a short-iron to a full blooded fairway club depending on the wind. Anything short and right will be fed down into the greenside bunker – if you’ve got a score going, aim for the middle of the green – it’s often said that aiming between the 2 flags is the safest option.

  • 16th 134 yards Par 3 The Burn

    16th tee shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    Only 135 yards from the medal tees, this hole often leads to an ‘early bath’, with water short and out of bounds long and left. A short iron is usually enough, with the emphasis on a solid strike to clear the trouble. If the wind is from your left on the tee, the hole plays into it, so club up!

  • 17th 283 yards Par 4 The Thorns

    17th tee shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    A real risk and reward hole. If you’re scorecard is still intact, consider an iron for position aimed on the red tiled roof to leave a pitch onto one of the firmer greens in the course. For the bold, an attempt at the green is always an option, but beware out of bounds, especially to the right where there’s only 10 yards or so to the right of the green.

  • 18th 383 yards Par 4 Binnie Craig

    18th tee shot

    Pro’s Tip:
    One of the most difficult finishing holes in the area, generally straight into the wind, with out of bounds lurking to the right. The safe line is left of the fairway, but this can leave an awkward stance for the second. Too far left and you’ll have the company of the pro for your second shot – he just loves knocking on his window to remind you he’s watching! Look out for the water hazard 60 yards or so short of the green. The second shot usually plays longer than it looks, so club selection is crucial to make that all important par to beat your handicap (or make buffer!).

Course Fact:

Our course has traditionally played to a Standard Scratch Score (SSS) of 67 against a par of 69, which was seen as an extremely stern test, but despite requests to the SGU, we were unable to convince them to evaluate the SSS upwards. That was until 2011, when the combination of the toughened up 11th, new bunkering and finally, the extension of the 3rd to 175 yards from the back of the medal tee, persuaded the SGU to increase the SSS to 68, which we feel is a fairer reflection.

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