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Hole 1

A difficult and long opening par 4 with out of bounds to the right for the first 240 yards. Large oak trees guard either side of the fairway so a long, straight drive is required to leave a long to medium iron into the green. Shorter hitters may take three shots to reach the green on windy days. The large green is guarded by a bunker front right which everything runs towards so make sure you have enough club. All players will be happy with a par on this hole.


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Hole 2

A tricky par 3 with a three tiered green. Depending on the wind it can play anything from a 3 wood to a short iron. The smart shot is ignoring the pin position and playing to the centre of the green. Deep bunkers guard left and right.


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Hole 3

A short and relatively easy par 5 on which most of the better players will be looking for a birdie. The well positioned fairway bunkers are designed to catch the longer players out. Shots into the green always run in from the back on the left. A large bunker guards the front right of the green.


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Hole 4

Another short Par 5 that offers a good birdie chance. You must find the left half of the fairway with your tee shot as a bunker right and trees left are lying in wait. If you are positioned on the right half of the fairway you may have to fade the ball into the green due to the large horse chestnut trees that guard about 80 yards out.


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Hole 5

One of the ‘card wrecking’ holes on the course. Many will hit an iron or 3 wood for position here as a ditch and out of bounds runs the entire length of the right hand side of the hole. On the left side, large Wellingtonia firs are waiting to catch your ball. For those who want to hit driver, the further you hit it the more it opens up. Do you take the gamble?


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Hole 6

A short par 4 usually played with an iron off the tee for position and then a short iron to the green which sits on top of a plateau. Make sure you take enough clubs though as the ball has a knack of running back down the bank. The green slopes heavily from back to front providing some interesting putts.


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Hole 7

A short downhill Par 4 which offers a birdie chance for long hitters. If you can carry the bunkers in front of the green you will set up an easy birdie, but be warned, a wayward drive will leave you blocked out by large trees no shot. It is sometimes better to play this hole with a mid to long iron off the tee, leaving a short pitch into a flat green.


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Hole 8

A tough dogleg Par 4 up hill and to the left. Bigger hitters may fancy a 3 wood or driver over the corner, although the best way to play this hole is with a long iron or 3 wood to the corner of the dogleg, leaving a mid to long iron to the green. Bunkers await both sides of the green.


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Hole 9

Another short Par 4 hole which the longer hitters can drive. Beware the large fir trees to the left of the green as a ball in there will almost always end up in a dropped shot. The sensible play is a mid iron into the middle of the fairway and then a simple pitch on.


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Hole 10

The shortest hole on the golf course. The green is not visible from the tee due to 2 bunkers guarding the front of the green, so check the pin position whilst walking down the 9th hole! This is important as it is a large green which has seen many 3 putts over the years.


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Hole 11

A very tight medium length Par 4 with an undulating fairway. The tee shot needs to be placed down the right side of the fairway as everything runs left once it lands. Trees right and left so the onus is on hitting the fairway from the tee. The green is guarded by a large bunker at the front.


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Hole 12

The longest Par 4 on the course requires an accurate drive into the centre of the fairway to enable a shot to the narrow green. Often played into a prevailing wind, many are happy with a 5. A deep bunker protects the green and don’t think about going big, as a dense wood awaits right behind the green.


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Hole 13

The ‘signature’ hole at Patshull Park, and unlucky for some! A drive over the lake to a bunkered fairway. A bunker right to catch those who slice and 2 guarding the green from the big hitters. This green can be driven from the tee, but usually in the summer month.


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Hole 14

A beautiful Par 5 which requires you to carry water twice. The drive over the lagoon is straight forward, although a little daunting for some. You will then be left with a dilemma – whether to go for the green in 2 or lay up short of the stream that crosses the fairway. The huge green is guarded by bunkers left and right. Be sure to club correctly into the green this is a large undulating green that sees its fair share of 3 putts.


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Hole 15

An easy Par 4 if you play it properly. A dog leg to the right with Out Of Bounds all the way down the right side of the hole. The sensible play is a shot over the copse leaving a short iron or pitch into the green. This green can be driven, but with a large bunker guarding it and OOB right are you going to take the risk?


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Hole 16

A nice Par 4 with a gentle bend to the right. A straight drive is a must here as trees lie in wait both sides of the fairway. A water hazard eats into the front left of the green and this has to be carried with the 2nd shot. The most undulating green on the course means that uphill puts are generally better than downhill ones.


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Hole 17

A difficult Par 3 where the wind usually plays a big factor. Uphill to a large green protected by bunkers left and right and a water hazard to the left of the green. A par is well earned on this hole.

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Hole 18

A difficult and long finishing Par 4. The drive must be central as trees guard either side of the fairway. That will leave a long 2nd shot into a flat green that has no bunkers to protect it. The length of the hole itself and the need for accuracy creates the difficulty here.