This 485 yard hole just qualifies as a par 5 and as the slightest dogleg left. It offers an ideal, quiet start to the round and the few problems set are evident. There are no hidden dangers.
The main requirement of the drive is that it must be hit well enough to carry heather in front, yet not so well that it catches the new bunkers left. The fairway is generously wide with a flat landing area. The second shot must avoid two approach bunkers so play short to set up a pitch in unless confident about the carry and your chances of hitting the green. A 70 yard bunker shot is the last thing to face so early in the round!
There is a new green side bunker to carry if you approach the green from the left, or attack a left side pin, and in general, the ball will bounce from right to left, so an approach into the right hand side of the green is the best option. Apart from a slight ridge towards the back, putts are relatively easy to gauge on an otherwise flat green and two putts should be the expectation.
You can hope to walk off with a par or even a birdie if played well. Don't be fooled into thinking this will be an easy round: it gets much tougher now!
- Par 5
- Yards 484
- Stroke Index 14