Par 4 Stroke Index 9Pro's Tip
A good line from the tee is at the right hand 150 yard marker as the fairway falls to the left. The second shot plays longer than the yardage and should favour the right half of the green. Anything pitching short or left risks sweeping away from the green leaving a difficult pitch.
The marker pole is a good line from the tee but if you miss, left is better than right. The second shot needs to be straight as the green is an upturned saucer with run offs on either side. If you find yourself past the flag approach your putt with care, it is likely to be very quick!
The tee shot needs to negotiate the fairway bunkers either playing past them to the left or if laying up the line is towards the right edge of the right hand of the two. The conservative line for the approach shot is to run it in from the left down the slope to the side of the green.
The yardage of this hole can be ignored, it plays longer than it appears and distance control is vital, going past the pin will leave a treacherous putt down the hill. With a bunker guarding the right half of the green, short left is not a bad place to finish.
The fairway bunker on this hole is in play from the tee for a long drive, or with the second shot if you don’t get the drive away. The safe play is to lay up. The fairway falls significantly to the right, however the right hand rough is not a bad place to hit your approach into the long narrow green.
A pretty par three flanked by gorse on all sides. Usually plays half a club more than the 4th hole and is guarded to the left and right with Bunkers. The right half of the green is the line and the back of the green is the safe spot to play for.
The drive should be played left of the marker post to allow for the camber in the fairway. The wind turbine beyond the green looms large and the second shot needs to stay right of it. Pitch the approach shot short of the green as it runs away from you from front to back.
Into the prevailing wind this is a tough Par 4. A tee shot played to the left half of the fairway is the best line and will give you a better view of the green for your second shot. A bunker guards the front left of the green. Once on the green you are at the summit of the course, enjoy the view!
The drive is relatively straight forward, but the blind second shot requires some thought. It is worth walking to the ridge to get a line if unfamiliar with the course. The approach is tricky as any shot left will be swept into the gulley leaving a difficult up and down.
Only 317 yards from the back tee this is shortest par 4 on the course but plays anything but. All uphill, the second shot needs to pitch up to the green as anything landing short tends to stay there. The pin position on this two tier green makes a big difference, worth noting as you pass it on the 9th.
The further you hit the drive on this hole the wider the fairway gets, the second shot should favour the left side as the ball will gather onto the green from here. It is better to land short of this green as it is only 15 paces from front to back and it is very easy to run through.
This is a beautiful downhill par 3 with a narrow green, the longest of the par-3 holes on the course. Do not miss it left, The line is just inside the right-hand grass bunker, use the contours to let the ball feed onto the green.
From an elevated tee the prevailing breeze makes this a testing tee shot that narrows the further you hit. Favour the right hand side with the tee shot, anything left will be blocked out by the trees that flank the left side of the fairway. The right hand corner of the green is a good line for your approach, pitch it short of the green and watch it feed towards the hole.
A tough tee shot with a bunker left and gorse to the right. The right hand edge of the bunker is a good line as the ridge in the fairway will feed the ball into the centre. The second shot plays uphill and an extra club is required.
A dog leg to the right, this hole requires a tee shot that favours the left half of the fairway to open up the green for the second shot. The second shot plays shorter than the yardage and a ball pitched short will feed down to the large putting surface that slopes heavily from right to left.
Into the prevailing wind the marker post is a good line. Longer hitters may take a line over the mound to the right and cut a bit of the corner bringing the green into range for the second shot. A birdie opportunity, but out of bounds to the right and gorse to the left gives little margin for error with the second shot. The green is the flattest on the course but subtle breaks make it tricky to read.
The ball will feed in from the left edge of the green. The green tilts from back to front towards the town and so allow plenty of borrow for your putts, even from close range.
Aim at the Pro shop from the tee as the ball will fall to the right. The approach shot needs to land left of the bunkers that sit about 20 yards short of the green. The ball will feed onto the green from there. If the flag is on the top don’t miss it left of the green trying to get the ball close, many shots have been wasted trying to do so. Play to the bottom tier and concentrate on 2 putting.