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About Hole 1
The wind plays a big part on this tee shot which should be down the left. An ideal line is the telegraph pole in the distance. The green slopes from back to front and downhill putts can be very fast.
About Hole 2
This hole is one of the toughest on the course with the fairway sloping from left to right. Keep the ball up the left side to give you a better view of the green. The handicap player often has greater success if he plays it as a par 5.
About Hole 3
Make a mental note of the wind direction before stepping on to this sheltered tee. Take enough club to avoid the deep front right bunker at this well protected green which slopes from front to back.
About Hole 4
The tee shot makes or breaks this hole. Aim your tee shot down the left where there is more room than you may think. This will give you a better view of the green which is well protected by a bunker on the right.
About Hole 5
Hit the tee shot down the left as the fairway bunker can easily scupper any plans of making par on this challenging par four. Don’t be short with your second shot to the left side of the green.
About Hole 6
Decision time! The closer you get to the pit, the better. But putting the ball in the pit will leave you struggling to make par. The approach to the green should be to the right to avoid the break.
About Hole 7
This tricky par three is one many players walk off with a spring in their step should a three be made. It is protected all round by trouble. Some may choose to bale out to the right although a three is then a tough make.
About Hole 8
Play your tee shot down the right side or you run the risk of being blocked out for your second shot. If the flag is positioned at the back ensure you take enough club to get there, as this long green has many undulations.
About Hole 9
Before you play stop for a moment and take in the view! Then take notice of the clubhouse in the distance as this is your ideal line. Land your approach shot short when the ground is firm as the green runs away from you.
About Hole 10
For the long hitters a birdie beckons but be aware of the cross bunker short of the green. Others should play to a position up the left for a short iron approach to the green.
About Hole 11
This is no time to get adventurous as any tee shot left will run the risk of being “Out of Bounds.” Don’t miss the green left either. Staying right is all you need to know.
About Hole 12
Wind is a major factor on this deceptive par 3 which has a lot of dead ground in front of the green not seen from the tee. Take enough club and beware the two deep bunkers left and right.
About Hole 13
Here is a chance to open up your shoulders on this long par four. The ideal line is at the marker post but depending on the strength and direction of the wind. However, starting just slightly left of the marker post, can make a dramatic difference to your club selection, for your second shot.
About Hole 14
Hitting the fairway is more important than hitting it long. The fairway is shaped to make play as a dog-leg right. Whatever shot you play will leave you a tricky putt on an undulating green.
About Hole 15
This is a long testing par three. There is more room than you may think between the cross bunkers and the front of the green. So clear the bunkers and it may just run on! Better to be left because of the lie of the land.
About Hole 16
Keep your tee shot on the left side of the fairway, because the tall firs on the right, may make for a difficult second shot if you get out of position. The bunker short and right catches many an unsuspecting golfer. The approach needs to be longer than it looks to this deep green.
About Hole 17
There is “Out of Bounds” to the left but there is much more room that side than you may think. Any shot to the right of the barn will leave an obscured view for the second shot. Land the ball short of the green when the ground is firm as the land runs away from you.
About Hole 18
Aim your tee shot at the copse of trees to the left of the clubhouse. This superb finishing hole needs a bold second shot to the well protected green. Once there, hopefully, you will agree with many that you have just played a superb downland golf course.