A simple par 3 to begin… except for the small sloping raised green, the mound in front and the three bunkers punishing anything left or right. And dont forget the tall trees blocking half the view from the tee to green… yes, very simple.
With 240 mteres to clear the water from the tee, a lay up is the popular play here. A long iron or fairway wood to give you a shot from 100 to 150 metres is the next challenge. The green is one of the largest on the course, just watch the bunkers on either side. Best to avoid the tall trees all the way up the left side also. For the 11th the hole can measure 460 or 420 metres. The front tee opens up the opportunity go for it and try to clear the water. Depending on the wind, this can be a little tougher than it looks.
A long par 3 is next. With water guarding the front and an uphill front-to-back sloping green, an extra club or two is the way to go here. watch the pines to the right. It can be hard to get a line to the green from within.
A shortish par 5 which plays much longer than it should. 240 metres to the bunker and water down the right makes for a simple tee shot to the middle of the fairway, from here it gets tricky. A couple of hidden water hazards further down the right are ready to catch anyone straying in their direction. Knowledge of the pin placement here is the key to leaving yourself with a third shot to a front easy pin, a hard tucked away back left pin or one of the weird places John likes to put it just to annoy the club captain and make it a little trickier for the rest of us. Two bunkers on the left and steep banks right and back make this green very difficult to hit and stay. Some have even been known to putt into the front bunker from the front section of the green. As someone once told me “this green is where we buried the dead elephants…” A great tee shot from 13th needs to be threaded through a gap in the trees towards the right edge with a little left-to-right on it.
The third of the par threes is no easy beat either. A tee shot over water and through a tight gap in the trees is what awaits at the fifth. A bunker on the left of the green catches more than it should and a back to front slope on the green ensures there are no easy putts past the hole. Watch the OOB down the left and the Water hazards on the right side of the hole.
One of the easier holes on the course, as long as the wind isn’t too strong in any direction other than from behind. 200 metres to the left side fairway bunker, about the same to the water on the right. With OOB all the way up the left, an accurate drive is needed to set yourself up for the approach to the smallest green on the course. Not too many problems if you miss the green as there is plenty of space all around it. Don’t miss the green too far right however as the long grass and tricky bank can make your up-and-down almost impossible.
Depending on the tee position, the 7th can be an easy straight drive or a tricky one having to fade one around the trees down the right side. OOB downs the left will almost certainly catch any wayward drive. The drive for the 16th is considerably more difficult from the back tee. Again having to move your drive from left to right or risk the OOB. Once you are in the fairway you are faced with task of avoiding the tree positioned just right of centre about 50 metres from the green. A two tiered green also makes a second thought on your approach shot advisable.