This first short hole is a good one. The green sits beyond a sea of heather that runs from tee to the edge of four green side bunkers, one straight and short, the other three to the left. The hole is framed by mature pines but with some views to the Downs.
There is a spine on the right hand side of the green that pushes shots further right and which adds difficulty to any recovery chip or putt from that side. The steep bank to the left of the green runs off into the bunkers, or worse still, into a steeply sloping area of rough, heather and gorse beneath trees.
The green slopes down from back to front and from right to left. It is therefore receptive to a well struck mid or short iron in, but a putt for a birdie will always be challenging even if comparatively short.
With a stroke index of 18, this is supposedly the easiest hole on the course, but perhaps this actually indicates just how tough all the other holes are.
- Par 3
- Yards 158
- Stroke Index 18