The current course started life as a nine holes in 1971, it was redesigned six years later by Peter Allis and Dave Thomas into an 18-hole Championship course. It’s open to the public and offers a challenge for golfers of all standards with well kept greens and wide fairways.
The first hole is a gentle opening to ease players into their round. Longer hitters can easily reach the trees and the out of bounds on the right. A well placed tee shot will leave a gentle pitch into the green. The green has a severe slope from left to right making it far from a regulation two putt.
Short Par 5 that is a good chance for a birdie. The holes defence is its tightness with mature trees and scrub down the right and numerous younger trees down the left. A large mature tree encroaches on the right hand side of the fairway and can block out second shots. A long green is the target with bunkers on right and left.
Early decision for the longer hitters weather to try hit it close to the green or simply lay up for position. From the lay up position it is a relatively short approach shot to a green that sits up from front to back to accept the ball. Anything missing left will make for a very tough up and down while a large bunker gobbles up anything long and right.
The first par 3 and the shortest. There’s a large bunker and tree guarding the approach down the left. Any shot going right will generally feed down towards the green. Best chance for a 3 all round so try and make the most of it!
Picturesque par 4 that bends gently to the right. A bunker guards the left side of the fairway and a water hazard is in play for anything venturing too far right. Tough par 4. This green has been re-shaped and presents a large target for a slightly down hill approach shot. There are bunkers at the front right and left of the green.
Big dogleg to the right requiring an accurate tee shot over the tall trees to leave a short approach to a large green. Playing to the marker on the corner will leave a longer shot to the green. The green is located below the level of the second shot and will welcome a running shot.
Great par 3 with a green that can be set with a variety of challenging pin positions. Often a mid iron the green is narrow at the front and well protected with bunkers on both sides.
Good par 5 with the ideal line being the pond located 150 yds short of the green. Anything too far to the left will find the ditch or the out of bounds. The pond may come into play on the second shot for shorter hitters. A bunker front left protects the large but relatively flat green.
The tee shot for the 9th demands special attention, hit the ball too far and it will find the ditch splitting the fairway. Long hitters may decide to hit a fairway wood or hybrid to leave a long fairway wood to an elevated green with anything missing right kicking further that way. A large green sloping from back to front can often make two putting difficult.
One of the best Par 4s on the course. Two bunkers either side guard the narrowing of the fairway at distance. Pins tucked into the left hand side of the green present a significant challenge in order to get the ball close with players having to clear the bunker located front left. The green slopes from back to front.
Probably the most demanding tee shot from the back tee. Very long Par 3 to a thin plateaued green this hole would not be out of place in any top championship. A par here will feel like a birdie.
The longest hole on the course demanding a good drive to find a good position for the long uphill approach. A bunker well placed bunker can be found on the right of the fairway. For those strong enough to reach in two guiding the ball in from the right hand side is ideal but watch for the bunker. The green is cut into the hill slope, making the pitch shot approach challenging.
Downhill all the way and great for long drivers of the ball as they will get close to the green. A fairway bunker looms down the left to catch any mis-hit drives. Approach shots will always be played form a downhill lie to green that is well protected at the front.
Beautifully presented hole demanding a good tee shot to leave the best possible approach shot to a plateaued green. Favouring the left hand side will leave an approach shot that has to evade the bunker tucked close to the left hand side of the green. Any shots hit to the right will be blocked out. Above all distance control on the approach is imperative as anything short or right will leave a very difficult up and down.
Regarded as the easiest Par 4 on the course, this hole represents a great chance to pick up a shot or two before the demanding finish. A wide fairway welcomes a well struck drive leaving a short iron or pitch onto one of the smaller greens on the course.
A real brute of a par 3 demanding a well stuck long iron, hybrid or even a wood. The green is relatively unprotected and welcomes a shot chasing onto the front but beware of anything leaking to the right as the stream can soon embrace anything heading that way.
Off the back tee this is a tough drive to find the corner of the dogleg. The hole sweeps uphill to the right, to a back to front sloping green. A small tree provides a challenging obstacle front right of the green and a well disguised bunker comes into play on the left.
Downhill dog leg to the right. Longer hitters will drive over the trees on the right to cut the corner to leave a short iron into the large receptive green. Out of bounds beckons to the right for any wayward drives. Playing to the corner is a safer option but leaves a much longer shot which will often have to be played from a sidehill lie to a well protected green.