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This hole offers no relief whatsoever from tough tee shots. In a hill straight ahead sits a large bunker to be carried and beyond which a blind fairway awaits. The hole is defined by heather and mature pine trees all along the left, and by heather and mainly pine trees along most of the right. Anything hit left is dead and a provisional off the tee is a wise precaution.

Anywhere on the fairway is good, easing the burden of a short climb up the hill and establishing the new vista of a slight dog leg to the left and views beyond towards the Downs. There are fairway bunkers left and right which must be avoided if the tee shot was modest, whilst the green, which sits in the shadow of a large oak tree to its right, is also protected by a runoff and bank which can send a drawn long iron or wood second shot into the green side bunker on the left.

Short hitters who pitch into this green should aim right of the pin, particularly if placed hard left, and to take advantage of the general right to left slope. Putts always run off with this slope and are surprisingly fast when putting across the green, particularly from back right.

The stroke index of two confirms this is the toughest hole on the first nine.

  • Par 4
  • Yards 441
  • Stroke Index 2

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Pro's tip

A testing tee shot where long hitters can aim over the marker post, but just right of it is safer for most. The approach in is deceptive as there is "dead ground" in front of the green, so take enough club and aim just right of the pin as the natural contours will move your ball right to left on pitching.

Tim ThornleyTim Packham

HEAD PROFESSIONAL

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