The visually benign Par 4 1st on the Meadow Course lulls one into a false sense of security. However, “out of bounds” lurks both left and right. The 2nd hole is a superb Par 5 that yields very few birdies, being protected both front and right by water. The Par 4 4th is a very beautiful hole and provides a great challenge, in terms of length and accuracy. The final 4 holes constitute as difficult a finish as on any parkland golf course, with the ultimate test being, to the water surrounded 9th green.
This dog-leg requires a draw with a fairway wood or well hit mid iron in order to set up a short iron to a split level green. There is Out of Bounds on both sides of the fairway. Take care on your approach
shot as it can play one club longer than you might think, with the pin positions also on occasion difficult to get at. A shot to the wrong side of the green may leave you in three putt territory.
This is a monster par 5 that requires a long drive to the elbow of the dog-leg. Aim at the double telegraph pole to be on fairway. The second shot should be aimed left of the narrow fairway to set up
a mid to short iron approach over water to a large two-tiered sloping green. Beware the breeze on your
approach shot to the green. More often than not it will be in your face and can be a one-to-three iron
difference wind. My advice is to give yourself a full iron approach and aim to be putting from below the
pin if at all possible.
This par 5 offers a real birdie chance and can be reached in two shots by the bigger hitters. However, the tee shot must be accurately placed at or beyond the dog-leg, staying to the left hand side of the gap in view. Off the drive, watch out for the water hazard to the right and the trees / water hazard to the left.
Make sure you hit the correct level of this two tiered green, if you have birdie ambitions.
This is the hardest hole on the course and it requires a precise drive to a fairway with bunkers both left and right. A good drive will leave a long to mid iron shot into the green. An internal out of bounds lurks to the left over the mounds for the unsuspecting player. The second shot needs to be precise as the green is well guarded with water creeping in at the front, a lake to the right and three bunkers both right and left of the green. The green has 2 distinct tiers so think carefully when choosing a club for your approach shot.
This is a long par 3. Club selection is important to a very deep green that slopes from back to front. It will generally play either long iron, rescue club or 5 wood to reach the green from the Mens tees, but on
occasion the wind will be at your back requiring one or two clubs less. Avoid the bunkers front right and left to set up the chance of a birdie.
This requires a long accurate tee shot favouring the middle / left half of the fairway, in order to set up a
long iron second to a shallow two tiered green. It won’t yield many birdies, walking away with par is an
excellent return. The trees left and right of the landing area place a premium on driving accuracy.
Beware of pushed tee shots over the mounds to the right hand side, where golfers will be coming down
the next hole. Shout early and loudly where necessary to warn your fellow golfers.
This is a strong par 4 that requires an accurate draw off the bunkers on the right. Or for the fade, take it over the large ash tree off the left of the fairway in order to hit the left side or middle of the fairway.
This leaves a long or medium iron to a large green that is guarded by a long bunker on the right and a huge ash tree overhanging the left. Take special care with the drive, out of bounds and a hazard lurks to the left over the trees.
PRO’S TIP:This is a long tough par 3 that is well guarded by bunkers front and left. Your choice of club must be enough to clear the wide bunker sitting directly in front of the green. The green slopes sharply from back left to front right. Being on the correct tier of the green is important, and be careful when putting particularly if beyond the pin.
This is the signature hole on the golf course. A hugely testing par 4 with an island green. It requires a long drive aimed at middle / right side of the fairway to set up a good view of your second shot to the
island green. You should consider a lay up for your second shot unless you drive beyond the 150m
markings. If going for the green, full commitment to your 2nd shot is required. This hole has been the
undoing of many great scores and matchplay thrillers over the years.
Good luck !