Courtesy of member Philip Walton (Walker Cup 1981 and 1983, Ryder Cup 1995).
Dog-leg right off the tee to fairway which throws the ball right as you approach the green. Many brave golfers drive as close to the out of bounds as possible. Tempting two-shotter for long hitters but beware of the valley on the right.
11. Cricket Field
Favour left hand side of fairway for easier approach to green.
A challenging dog-leg left played over a valley to an elevated green. Play your tee shot as close as possible to the hill on the left. Any tee shot played too far right usually runs off the fairway and into the right rough leaving a difficult approach shot.
A classic short hole. If you clear the large grass bunker which guards the front of the green you may be rewarded with a birdie. Out of bounds on the right. The alternative is to play safe down the left side and chip on.
14. Old Clubhouse
A very intimidating hole because of the narrow fairway with a lateral water hazard on the right. It’s best to aim for the edge of the left rough off the tee which will throw the ball into the centre of the fairway. Missing the fairway on the right forces the ball into the water hazard.
A great links hole which is best played down the left side of fairway except on approach to green where a green side bunker awaits the wayward shot.
Par 3 – Long iron up the hill to the elevated green.
17. Ireland’s Eye
This difficult penultimate driving hole to a narrow back fairway tends to throw the ball to the right throughout it’s length. Beware of the large grass bunker on the left off the tee.
18. Boulia Field
One of the finest finishing holes on any links. Played almost to the limit of par fours, it demands a straight drive into or through the valley, depending on conditions. from the valley the hole opens up to a vista with the green on rising ground. Pin position is a major factor as the green is the deepest on the links.