A tricky opening hole, which is a par five for members. There are a lot of options from the tee, and you’ll see a lot of players either hit a driver to try to get down the hill and leave themselves a wedge in, or hit a there wood or iron off the tee to avoid getting stuck in the rough on the right hand side.
The second is a beautiful par three, that from the back tee is usually around an eight iron. It’s not a long hole, but it can easily catch you out, and is another hole you’d happily take par on. The green isn’t massive but you need to carry it at least 5 yards on the green or it will roll back down the slope, so here the plan is just to drop it in the middle of the green to give yourself a chance.
The third is a tough driving hole, and will play as one of the hardest holes on the course. There are bunkers up the right hand side which are difficult to reach the green from if you’re quite close to the lip and there’s heavy rough down the left, so there’s a premium on hitting the fairway. It’s such a demanding tee shot you can’t do anything but hit driver and leave a 6-7 iron, but if you miss the fairway it can be penal.
It’s the first good chance really if you get your tee shot away, and will play as one of the easiest holes of the week. Now that they’ve added a new back tee you need to hit a slight draw but it can land on a big downslope, which helps get you another 30 or 40 yards. That will leave a mid-iron into the green, which presents a good chance for an eagle or a birdie to kick on your round.
From the back tee this hole is a really strong par three now because they’ve added quite a bit of yardage over the years, and into the wind it can be a 4-iron or 3-iron into a green that slopes front left to back right.
The sixth is the start of a three-hole stretch of shorter par fours, but the tee shot is the key. It used to be an iron off the tee here but now most guys will take a three wood or a driver just to try and miss the fairway bunkers. If you do hit a good tee shot you’re going to have a few chances here with a short iron or wedge to the green.
Featuring a blind tee shot down to the flat of the fairway, the seventh is another short par four. It’s not driver off the tee here but instead an iron for position, which will give a short iron into a two-level green.
The eighth is another par four, and it’s paramount to hit the fairway to give yourself a chance here. There’s water short and left of the green so a lot of guys will choose an iron for position off the tee again rather than a driver, and take a short to mid iron into the green.
The ninth is a straight hole but a pretty tough par four. There are some bunkers in play to avoid, and most will hit driver or three wood from the tee, and then a mid-iron into a slightly blind green which is guarded at the front by a bunker.