|tex williamson||21/10/2008 09:31:08|
Been playing the course for several months now, first visited the course several years ago and found it quite poor. Since then though there has been a trasformation. The course has basically been redesigned. The addition of a new club house and driving range complements the new lay out.
The course starts with a tame par 4 dogleg to the right. At only 358 yards, a drive down the left hand side with a little fade, will only leave a short iron to the green which is guarded with left and front bunkers.
The second hole is much more difficult, at 420 yards, this par 4 is played from an elevated tee, with fairway bunkers ready to catch any pushed, or pulled drive, A straight drive should leave a mid iron to the green, where it is guarded, with left and right bunkers.
Arriving at the par 3 third hole, there is no respite. Another elevated tee with 180 yards over a lake, to a small green, surrounded by rough in horseshoe fashion, with a small apron of semi rough. An accurate tee shot has to be struck here.
The forth is only a 294 yard par 4, requiring slight fade with the driver to give a birdie oppertunity to the longer hitters. Yet another elevated tee, with a large central bunker at about 200 yards that will catch any miss hit shots and the only other bunker on the hole lies in the left quarter of the green. Rough protrudes into the hole all the way down the right.
The par4 5th at 302 yards is a dogleg left. You once again drive off from an elevated tee. A large bunker right will catch the errant shot, if not the bunker then the rough on the hill side will leave a very difficult second shot to the smallest green on the course.
On arriving at the short elevated 6th - par 4 288 yards - it is decision time. With the hills, and rough, both left and right, you do not want to push or pull your tee shot. The green has a lonely bunker to the right as a solitary guardian, this hole represents another glorious birdie oppertunity.
Reaching the 7th - 518 yard, par 5 - a narrow tee shot awaits you on this quality hole. A long straight drive will give the bigger hitters the chance to go for the green in two. However caution is the greater part of valour here, and if you dont think you can carry the two lakes, which lay "back to back" from 190 to 40 yards from the green, then anywhere left of the ponds, should be fine. This will leave a short, to mid iron, to the green which is, once again, guarded to the left with a large bunker.
The par 3 8th at 173 yards over yet another water hazzard, from an elevated tee, is a very difficult hole to judge depending on the direction of the wind. Under hit and you will find the extremely large dyke short of the green, over hit and find the extensive rough behind the green. just for extra protection there are bunkers both left and right.
The 9th - par4 - is a straight hole that only measures 292 yards, Although on yardage this hole looks an extremely inviting hole for the golfer beware of the danger. The inlet to this hole is only 10 yards wide, the fairway from about 40 yards short of the green is encroached on the left with trees and a ditch. And on the right, with a pond that runs all the way to the back right of the green. This green is also extremely undulating, giving it added difficulty.
The 10th - 358 yards, par 4 - is a very simlar hole to the first, being a dog leg right. This time though you have a more difficult second shot. There is a pond on the right of the hole, encroaching into the fairway, from 70 yards out . A very large bunker to the left of the green awaits any pulled shot and there severe rough over the green.
The 11th - 381 yards, par4 - is a severe dog leg left. Aim at the black and white marker post to put you in good possition for the second shot. If you have gone far enough, you can play your second between the two large trees either side of the entrance to the green.