The critical rate this hole as weakest on the course, but though devoid of bunkering, it has plenty of trouble in store. The tee is nicely set within trees, particularly pines to the left. Unusually, the right of the fairway beyond a small copse is framed by a line of mature oaks running the entire length of the hole. Underneath are rough banks topped with sections of gorse and an out of bounds fence, plus a handy stile to permit retrieval of any ball hit far too long or far too right, and the further consolation of a particularly fine view across Sussex countryside.
If you do not find the fairway, or very narrow area of light rough between fairway and left side heather, you are dead, and wise to hit a provisional for safety. From the fairway, a mid iron or short iron pitch is all that is needed to make the green, set as a slight dog leg left; but you must avoid being short as the run offs and a bank will leave the ball short, or send it further left or right than struck.
A good safe tee shot followed by a nice iron in will yield a par, or even a birdie on this hole, but missing the green always makes for a challenging pitch or chip and poor strokes can still rack up bogey or double bogey on your card.
- Par 4
- Yards 367
- Stroke Index 16
Aim just right of centre from the tee and you will have a short iron to the green. The green itself has a bank in front so you have to choose your club carefully to ensure you get on the green. Ideally keep your ball just below the hole for an easier uphill putt.