Friday, 10 November 2017
Lumine Golf Club - Lakes Course  (European Tour)
Lumine Golf Club - Lakes Course (European Tour)

Here Calle Carlsson, the General Manager of Lumine Golf Club, talks us through the challenging Lakes Course.

1st – “The opening hole on The Lakes is a dog leg left to right with three large bunkers coming into play on the tee shot. A solid drive will open up the approach shot. There is, however, a pot hole bunker that guards the right-hand side of the green.”

2nd – “This long par five is littered with no less than 13 bunkers and, even after a good drive, there is still danger around the undulating green.”

3rd – “The third is a hole that can really be attacked. Measuring 370 yards in length, this dog leg right is lined with a ravine of water to the right of the fairway. If you avoid this there is a strategically placed bunker coming into play on the tee shot. Miss the hazard and a good birdie chance opens up.”

4th – “This is the first par three on The Lakes with three large bunkers surrounding the green. The green is also a challenge with steep slopes and undulations.”

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5th – “The fifth is another bunker-filled challenge with ten featuring throughout the hole. Being of various sizes, they come into play on both the tee shot and approaches.”

6th – “The par four sixth is a long one with an undulating fairway. It is important for players to hit their tee shot down the right-hand side of the fairway to stop the ball running into the water which tracks the length of the left-hand fairway.”

7th – “This is the second par three on the course and, again, water abounds with a tee shot which requires hitting more than 140 yards of lake. The front edge of the green is protected by a pot bunker, which means it is definitely worth being longer rather than shorter with the tee shot.”

8th – “The tee shot on the eighth is one that needs to be very accurate as the fairway narrows to make way for two large bunkers. Being 418 yards in length, this par four is a good opportunity for birdie providing a good tee shot is made.”

9th – “The approach is the most important shot on this hole and should be approached with caution. With a sloping green surrounded by bunkers, a shot to the wrong part of this green could mean a sand save will be on the cards.”

10th – “After a run of difficult holes, the tenth will offer some welcome relief. One of the more straightforward holes on The Lakes Course and one that players can really attack. There are bunkers down the left-hand side of the fairway but a solid shot will mean the pin can be sought out upon approach.”

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11th – “A slight dog leg par four with a shallow sandy bank behind the green. The best tee shot is a fade to the right half of the fairway, which should avoid the two large bunkers either side of the narrow fairway. There is a good opportunity to get close to the flag on this hole, even though the green is fairly small, it is one of the flatter ones on the course.”

12th - “The 12th might be one of the toughest holes the professionals face this week. A par four, measuring more than 470 yards, with a narrowing fairway and tight green, accuracy is the most important factor. Scoring average for the week could well be over par on this one.”

13th – “Even though this par four is a shorter hole, measuring at 340 yards, the pros will have to plot their way, not least because there is open sandy shrubland hugging the left-hand side of the fairway. Not only this, but there are a further six bunkers cutting across the fairway. It’s definitely a hole that needs a bit of patience and one where par is a good score.”

14th – “The green on this par four offers generous undulations and, with a drop off to the surrounding bunkers, makes this tee shot a very interesting proposition. It’s a tee shot that needs to stop quickly if competitors are going to have any chance of making birdie.”

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15th – “The 15th hole is a long par four of 468 yards, which requires a long tee shot down the left side of a narrow fairway guarded by water. The green is surrounded by water and, in most cases, players will be attempting their second shots with longer irons, meaning a really good approach shot is required here. On the green, the left-hand side is a safer, flatter option.”

16th – “With water hugging the left-hand side of the fairway, a strong tee shot on the 16th is an absolute must. Even with a good tee shot, you could be left with a really tight second shot in order to find the green, as the hole turns to the left. However, for those who get away well from the tee, this is a real birdie chance and is a make-or-break hole.”

17th – “The bunkers around the 17th green, a 200-yard par three, are deep and should be avoided at all costs. The green is undulating and testing, so all players will err on the side of not being short-sided. Should they find themselves in this situation, the score could easily rack up. This is a really strong penultimate hole and will certainly test the nerves.”

18th - “The 18th hole is going to be a really exciting closer for those playing The Lakes Course. With the green in range in two, this is a potential eagle opportunity and I think a lot of players are going to go for it. However, with water around the left side of the green, this is a hole that can easily ruin a round, so it will be very interesting to see how those protecting their positions on the leaderboard choose to play it.”

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