COURSE GUIDE

Hole 1
Blue - 496 Yards
White - 481 Yards
Red - 449 Yards
S.I- 13

A Par 5 to start and the chance to get the round off to a good start. Out of bounds continues all the way down the left hand side through to behind the green. Two monster trees guard the fairway around 300 yards from the tee so positioning is crucial in order to have a clear second shot both for a lay-up and to have a go at the green.

Pro’s advice:

The tee shot here is crucial. There is no need to be tight to the dreaded out bounds with so much room to the right. Positioning is crucial if you wish to go for the green in two, as the two huge oak tree’s will block the path of balls not directly in the center of the fairway. Favor short of the green as it’s a much easier pitch than long.

Hole 2
Blue - 389 Yards
White - 375 Yards
Red - 315 Yards
S.I 7

Tree’s guard the left and right hand side. The fairway is generous with the longer hitters able to carry the left trees and make the hole a lot wider. Another huge Oak tree is situated just short left of the green with a fairway bunker collecting any shots drifting right of the green.

Pro’s advice:

Another wide tee shot, just be sure not to be too complacent and lose the ball into the bushes on the right hand side. Again long is a difficult chip so favor short of the green which slopes from back to front.

Hole 1
Blue - 416 Yards
White - 386 Yards
Red - 327 Yards
S.I 5

A difficult driving hole with a draw shot being the most beneficial as out of bounds and trees are located directly alongside the left hand side of the tee box. Three bunkers guard the entrance the fairway with big hitters using these as their line and the shorter players having to hit to the right. The approach is to a two tier green so picking the correct yardage is crucial.

Pro’s advice:

Avoid left from the tee at all costs. Even if the tee shot is long enough to carry the bunkers heavy rough is located all down the left side. The two tier green makes the approach and putting very tricky so taking notice of the pin position is crucial in order to not short side yourself.

Hole 4
Blue - 162 Yards
White - 144 Yards
Red - 120 Yards
S.I 17

A tricky par 3 where yardage is key. Bunkers are located left of the green and bushes hug the entire right side running parallel with the hole. Beware long as more bushes and out of bounds loom.

Pro’s advice:

Make sure you have checked the wind direction here. The tee is sheltered by the large trees and bushes surrounding it and payers often misjudge the effect it will have when the ball reaches full flight above the trees. This green sloped from front to back making it very difficult from long of the green so try not to get too aggressive to a pin located at the back of the green.

Hole 5
Blue - 420 Yards
White - 397 Yards
Red - 361 Yards
S.I 1

The hardest hole on the golf course. An almost 90° dog leg to the left with a ditch guarding the left hand side and short of the green, with heavy rough consuming all balls hit to the left from the tee. The green is raised and requires a well struck shot to hold the surface.

Pro’s advice:

Avoid left from the tee at all costs as balls are very rarely found in the heavy rough. Decide how far to cut off from the dog leg but for the shorter hitters following the fairway line and treating the hole as a ‘three shotter’ is often a sensible play.

Hole 6
Blue - 537 Yards
White - 511 Yards
Red - 427 Yards
S.I 9

A generous fairway with all the holes danger become apparent when approaching the green with ditch runs across the fairway around 80 yards from the green. A large tree is situated on the left hand side of the fairway just short of the ditch, leaving those laying up no option but to favor the right hand side of the fairway in order to have a shot to the green.

Pro’s advice:

There is really no gain from trying to carry the ditch unless you feel you can reach the green…which only the biggest of hitters will be able to. The best play is to lay up and keep to the right of the fairway leaving the player around 100 yards to the green. Although the green is wide it is very small back to front, this means the player must really be sure of the yardage on the approach or a tricky chip might await.

Hole 7
Blue - 400 Yards
White - 341 Yards
Red - 296 Yards
S.I 11

A generous fairway with all the holes danger become apparent when approaching the green with ditch runs across the fairway around 80 yards from the green. A large tree is situated on the left hand side of the fairway just short of the ditch, leaving those laying up no option but to favor the right hand side of the fairway in order to have a shot to the green.

Pro’s advice:

There is really no gain from trying to carry the ditch unless you feel you can reach the green…which only the biggest of hitters will be able to. The best play is to lay up and keep to the right of the fairway leaving the player around 100 yards to the green. Although the green is wide it is very small back to front, this means the player must really be sure of the yardage on the approach or a tricky chip might await.

Hole 8
Blue - 341 Yards
White - 328 Yards
Red - 296 Yards
S.I 15

This tee shot requires precision with both accuracy and distance. A ditch runs across the fairway around 285 yards from the tee and continues all the way down the left hand side of the fairway. Two big oak trees guard both the left and right hand side of the ditch. The green slopes drastically from back to front and a small fairway bunker consumes any balls hit right of the green.

Pro’s advice:

Be sure not to flirt too closely with the ditch. If a lay-up is close to the ditch the player may not have a shot to the green as lofting over the big oak tree’s is difficult if too close. Leaving plenty of room will open the green up nicely and take the tree’s and ditch out of play. Be sure not to go past the pin as the severe slope from back to front make two putted very difficult if going down the hill.

Hole 9
Blue - 172 Yards
White - 166 Yards
Red - 136 Yards
S.I 3

The signature hole. A large lake guards left of the green and two well-placed bunkers gather any balls played too safe. If these hazards are negotiated successfully the undulating green provides a great challenge with some pin positions proving extremely tricky.

Pro’s advice:

An intimidating tee shot. Be sure to check the wind direction as it sometimes swirls on the tee. Check the flags from the 8th green and nearby driving range. Trust the yardage and take the contours of the green into account depending on where the pin is located.

Hole 10
Blue - 319 Yards
White - 296 Yards
Red - 254 Yards
S.I 6

A testing hole that requires precision from tee rather than distance. A lake runs parallel left of the fairway all the way to the green. The hole doglegs to the left and a raised green requires a well struck shot to hold it.

Pro’s advice:

The longest hitters can have a go at the green from the tee but the reward does not really outweigh the risk. A shot of around 200 yards avoiding the left hand lake at all costs will leave the player the best chance of a green in regulation. The raised green does require some height on the approach to hold so be sure not to be too defensive from the tee leaving a long shot into the green.

Hole 11
Blue - 152 Yards
White - 117 Yards
Red - 102 Yards
S.I 15

Another lake surrounds the right hand side of the green. The contours slope towards the lake so even shots hit on the right hand side of the putting surface have been known to roll to a watery grave. A bunker left of the green is strategically placed to yet again gather balls aimed away from the water.

Pro’s advice:

It’s best to ignore the pin position and play to the left hand side of the green. All balls right of the target will bring the water into play as the contours of the putting surface and approaches all filter towards the lake.

Hole 12
Blue - 494 Yards
White - 482 Yards
Red - 437 Yards
S.I 8

A scoreable Par 5 that provides a great chance for a birdie. A generous fairway awaits but anything hit a long way left will be consumed by heavy rough or even the River Stour that runs parallel to the hole. A large bunker protects the green from any slightly miss struck shots.

Pro’s advice:

Be sure to pick a target from the tee and stick to it. The hole seems wide but the rough is a much tougher spot than the fairway on this hole and any lapse in concentration may turn a birdie chance into a battle for par. Favor the right hand side at all times. Be sure to get the correct yardage on approach as the very deep green has a lot of dead ground that can’t be seen from the fairway and shots often fall short.

Hole 13
Blue - 305 Yards
White - 295 Yards
Red - 252 Yards
S.I 14

The River Stour again runs parallel to this tight Par 4, but it however much more in play than on the previous. Big hitters can reach the green here but be aware anything left will be a lost ball. The green is very small and requires great accuracy to hold it. Bunkers guard both short and long, with out of bounds lurking for any balls severely long of the green.

Pro’s advice:

The green is reachable for the big hitters but with it being such a small target and so much trouble lurking a lay-up is probably best. Be sure to avoid the fairway bunkers located either side of the fairway. A tricky hole where avoiding the hazards is the main aim.

Hole 14
Blue - 117 Yards
White - 113 Yards
Red - 85 Yards
S.I 18

A very short Par 3 with bunkers guarding the right hand side and a run off to bushes and trees that gathers any balls hit left of the green.

Pro’s advice:

A hole that should be easy but this does not always prove to be the case. A very small green is the holes main protection and any ball that does not find the putting surface will feed down the slopes leaving a pitch to a raised green. This means hitting the green is paramount otherwise par will be hard to come by.

Hole 15
Blue - 544 Yards
White - 513 Yards
Red - 478 Yards
S.I 2

A long Par 5 that plays most of its yardage. A huge tree sits in the middle of the fairway at driving distance. If a ball is strategically placed to avoid this then two more furs that guard the fairway around 100 yards from the green must then be negotiated. The ball has to be cleverly placed by the players on every shot in order to make a par at 15.

Pro’s advice:

A hole that requires a large amount of thought and placement to avoid trouble. A tee shot left of the large tree sitting in the fairway opens the rest of the hole. All of the trouble is long of the green, and with the surface sloping back to front a chip up the hill is also far easier than from the back of the green.

Hole 16
Blue - 352 Yards
White - 335 Yards
Red - 252 Yards
S.I 16

A dog leg right with trouble both sides of the fairway. Anything right is likely to be blocked out from going for the green and shots hit left a toying with the River Stour that comes into play on the turn back towards the clubhouse. A generous green awaits with all the trouble having to be negotiated from the tee.

Pro’s advice:

A tricky dogleg to the right with trouble awaiting any shot not on the fairway. A huge drive can fly the dog leg and eliminate a lot of the trouble but it’s risky as bushes line the fairway left and right all the way to the green. The best play here is to favor the left hand side of the fairway, hitting a club to eliminate the chance of reaching the fairway bunkers. This will leave the player around 165 yards to the green with little trouble awaiting. The problem is feeding the ball into a safe spot from the tee on this very tight hole!

Hole 17
Blue - 375 Yards
White - 337 Yards
Red - 303 Yards
S.I 4

A wide, generous driving hole. Bunkers and long rough protect the left hand side so be sure to miss it right if anywhere. A narrow, long green awaits with a slightly up hill approach.

Pro’s advice:

Avoid the large two tree’s blocking the right hand side of the fairway. These make the hole look aesthetically a lot tighter than it is so don’t be fooled. If the player can bypass these trees there is a wealth of room to the right. Be sure to avoid the fairway bunkers and long rough left.

Hole 18
Blue - 334 Yards
White - 323 Yards
Red - 255 Yards
S.I 10

A great risk/reward finishing hole. A large lake hugs the dog leg left. Players are left to make the decision as to how much of the corner to cut off or whether even to go for the green. Anyone not making their chosen carry will be consumed by the lake and balls hit to safe could find the high faced bunker positioned long of the fairway. A two tier green then awaits for those able to negotiate their ‘tactical approach’.

Pro’s advice:

It’s best to make a decision and stick to it here. Either go for broke and have a go at carrying everything for the green or play completely safe, hitting right of the lake and leaving around 160 yards to the green. A neither here nor there shot will bring the lake and fairway bunker into play and with little reward being gained.

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