Course description

Club Taree Golf course is endowed with twenty-one holes allowing the playing of two courses.  Normal competition is staged on the “Full Course” over eighteen holes embracing both sides of Wingham Road with a road underpass for golf traffic.  The three additional holes on the clubhouse side of the road, together with the six holes, 13 to 18, of the full course on that side, provide for a “Clubhouse Course” of nine holes played twice in some competitions.  This [short] course is used primarily for social golf and by the club’s Veteran golfers.  A hole-by-hole description of each course follows.

Fairway plates are in place indicating 100m and 150m on par 4s, and 100m, 150m and 200m on par 5s.  The plates are embedded in the middle of the fairways and are coloured red for 100m, white for 150m and yellow for 200m.   Distances indicated are an accurate “flat measure” to the middle of the green based upon a professional survey commissioned by the Club for that purpose.

The flagsticks on each green carry flags of differing colours depending on the position of the hole on the green: a red flag indicates the hole is in the front portion of the green; a white flag the middle; and a yellow flag, the rear portion of the green.

The white tees are those for competition for male golfers, red tees for women’s competition and yellow tees are those for golfers playing a social round of golf.

A number of local rules exist at Club Taree Golf Course.  All players should be familiar with all of these local rules as the penalty for breach of a local rule is 2 strokes in stroke play and loss of hole in match play.

Detail of local rules applying at Club Taree Golf is found either on back of the scorecard or prominently displayed adjacent to the professional’s shop.  The topics covered are: Out of Bounds; Water Hazards; Shrubs or Trees; Sprinkler Heads; Ground Under Repair; Gardens; Embedded Balls; Protective Screens; Measuring Devices; Preferred Lies; Provisional Ball on 9th hole; Age and Handicap; Bare Patches on Fairway; Stones in Bunkers; Rocks in Water Hazards; Protective Screens and Internal Fences; Advisory on Water Hazard on 7th.

Detail of all local rules is found in the book Conditions of Competition found inside the professional’s shop.

Golf carts are permitted at all times other than in extreme [wet] weather conditions and it is a requirement of their use that they do not travel within 10 metres of greens and tees.  In persistent adverse weather conditions when carts are permitted it is also required that golfers follow what is known as Wet Weather Cart Rules which in effect mean following optimum drive “paths” on pathways and designated area in the rough and not driving on the fairways.  A clear notice of the application of these Rules is displayed when appropriate at the professional’s shop where a copy of the suggested optimum drive pathways are available.

The committee wishes you welcome and good golfing at Club Taree Golf!

 

Club Taree Golf Course Map 2016

The Full Course

 Par:  Men 70      Women 72

Slope Ratings:  Men 128-129      Women 124

 

 1st Hole Par 3
White Tees 173-187m Red Tees 173m Yellow Tees 153m

Index: Men 3-33        Women 11-29

Probably one of the most picturesque holes in the country: the elevated tee looks down at a beautifully structured 2-tier green with water to the right and trees left and to the rear … and then a glance upwards displays the upper Manning Valley west to the Great Dividing Ranges with their blue mauve presence on the horizon!  The dam to the right is designed to catch a heavy left-to-right shot.  There is out of bounds that extends from left of the tee to and including a fence line to the left and behind the green.  Also left of the green is a bunker running from mid-green to its rear.  The ground to the left of the bunker is quite firm and a well struck ball in that direction might well find the out of bounds: if in doubt hit a provisional ball under Rule 27-1.  There are difficult lies left and rear of the bunker.  A ball resting to the right of the green away from the hazard is fine provided it’s not too deep with some recalcitrant trees occluding the line of play.  From the Yellow Tees the out of bounds left and rear are less of a threat though the dam on the right is every bit as much in play.

Carts: Follow the cart path from the tee to its end and proceed left of the bunker to the rear of the green.

 

2nd Hole Par 4 (Par 5 for Women)
White Tees 379-390m Red Tees 352m Yellow Tees 375m

Index:  Men 1-19        Women 10-28

Not an easy hole for the average golfer: it’s a long-ish hole and rated the hardest hole on the course.  There is a dog-leg left complicated by the first half of the fairway sloping severely left toward a heavily wooded lateral hazard.  There is a small dam 50-60m in front of the tee that shouldn’t come into play.  The area beyond the dam rises to the top of a slope into a deep gully not visible from the tee.  The near side of the gully is about 175m out and a solid 175-190m tee shot will carry into the gully running a further 10-15m closer to the green.  On the other hand a 200-210m tee shot could as easily stop dead if it lands on the upslope on the opposite side of the gully; a 220-240m+ shot with a right-to-left flight will carry the far side of the gully with some run particularly in dry weather leaving you well inside the 150m mark.  The approach to the green has a strong right to left fall.  There is a lateral hazard well right of the green and another just beyond the back of the green; there is a sharp fall away from the left of the green.   The good news: no bunkers unless you count the one under the 10th tee which is accessible with a wayward left-to-right tee shot.  From the Red Tees the near dam is closer and as such a threat though not for a well hit ball.

Carts: Take the bridge to the right of the dam directly in front of the tee and keep to the rough on the right using the short cart path and follow the right rough to the gravel path adjacent to the 9th tee.

 

3rd Hole Par 5
White Tees 433-443m Red Tees 384m Yellow Tees 385m

Index: Men 17-31      Women 8-26-44

A gentle wonderfully scenic dog-leg left although the longer hitters (200-220m+) may cut the corner of a series of gardens left to provide a better chance of making the green in two.  For ordinary mortals a good tee shot of 170-190m centre left of the fairway viewed from the tee provides a good chance of a second shot ending up [well] inside the 150 metre mark. Hit your tee shot left-to-right toward or into the large gardens on the right and your chances of a bogey improve nicely.  From the men’s tee and invisible from it, there are lateral hazards right and left about 110m out.  The garden 40m short of the green and right of the fairway is to be avoided as is the lateral hazard to the left of the fairway from 200m from the green.  A bunker lies just short right of the green beyond of the garden.   From the Red Tees and Yellow Tees the angle around the left corner is less oblique and somewhat more negotiable as a consequence.

Carts: Take the cart path to the right and stay in the right rough to the green making sure at about the 100m mark to keep the cart close to the edge of the lateral hazard to the right … or … stay in the left rough and beyond the tree on the corner of the dog-leg, pick up the ridge next to the left hand lateral hazard; stay on the ridge to the left and rear of the green to the next tee.

 

4th Hole Par 3
White Tees 162-172m Red Tees 128m Yellow Tees 125m

Index: Men 11-25      Women 16-34

Another scenic masterpiece!  A big dam lined to the front and left right with fast growing trees indicates a real picture book presence in the next few years!  This hole has a useful water carry though there is a substantial bail-out area to the right of the green outside of two greenside bunkers.  Wind direction and strength will determine your choice of club, but … there always seems to be a phantom wind that blows up just after you start your swing so an “extra club” might be worth considering.  On a direct line to the green the hole should be treated as all carry as there is a steep and sometimes moist slope from the dam to the edge of the green.  There are two bunkers to the right from mid-green to the rear and an out of bounds to the left, this latter only a threat to a highly wayward right-to-left shot just as the lateral hazard on the extreme right entices a wayward left-to-right shot.  From the Red Tees and Yellow Tees there is no carry over the dam although it may well come into play with an injudicious right-to-left shot; bunkers to the right of the green are a tad more to the centre from here.

Carts: Take the cart path to its end and proceed along the rough right of the fairway to the rear of the green.

 

5th Hole Par 5
White Tees 463-472m Red Tees 410m Yellow Tees 410m

Index: Men 15-26      Women 4-22-40

Scenic and seemingly straightforward the new player could be surprized by a lateral hazard in the form of a rocky burn or creek running across the fairway about 80-90m from the green.  Off the tee there are lateral hazards left and right that shouldn’t trouble any sort of reasonable drive and the out of bounds adjacent to the farm land left of the hole doesn’t come into play until closer to the green and then only with a fairly wayward shot.  The creek running across the fairway about 90m from the green gives you some choices: after a good drive in a dry season with the prevailing SW breeze might give cause for a lay-up shot short of the creek for the average golfer; in less favourable conditions the second shot can be a full one.  The “landing area” short of the creek is about 110m out; any closer and your ball could well run down a steep bank into the hazard.  The very long hitter can expect a second shot to carry the creek.  From the Red Tees and the Yellow Tees the angle to the fairway is a tad “tighter” though beyond that the hole is straightforward enough.

Carts: Do not park the cart tee-side of the dip near the tee as it is within 10m of the tee!  Keep to the right rough making sure that discretion is exercised in particularly soft conditions to use the edge of the fairway … or … take the left rough crossing the fairway at the 100m mark to the path across the rocky burn to the right.  Keep right of the tree behind the green and move to the tee on the side of the 6th fairway.

 

 6th Hole Par 4
White Tees 287-296m Red Tees 229m Yellow Tees 229m

Index:  Men 13-34      Women 13-31

A deceptively short looking hole with a sharpish dog-leg right with a short “leg” so the placement of your drive is critical.  There are trees on the right that are in a direct line from tee to green and the trick is to find the best way to negotiate your way around them to the green.  Long hitters may be prepared to fire a drive directly to the green!  If you are not “one of those” you’ll find a 170-190m drive likely to end up with the trees still to negotiate; over or under will be the question … the further to the left side of the fairway therefore the better the options.   A 200m tee shot gives a few more options closer to the middle right of the fairway whereas a 220-230m drive allows a line closer to the left hand edge of the trees leaving a clear shot to the green unimpeded by the trees.  A shot to the elevated green has to be precise as it is quite “narrow”: something short sticks to the kikuyu in front and a slight over-hit runs through.  From the Red Tees and the Yellow Tees the right hand approach to the “corner” of this hole is shorter and to that extent the dog-leg right is more negotiable.

Carts: Keep to the rough to the left of the fairway throughout … or keep to the right rough crossing the fairway at the tree on the corner of the dog-leg.

 

7th Hole Par 4
White Tees 317-320m Red Tees 314m Yellow Tees 325m

Index: Men 5-21        Women 2-20-38

With out of bounds left along the full length of the fairway, a lateral hazard left about 180-190m out and a solid line of trees left and right, this is a difficult driving hole.  It’s important therefore to be “tidy” off this tee with a straight ball to the middle of the fairway good (who does this?).  A gentle left-to-right directed initially to the left of the fairway also works well as does a ball directed right of centre with a right-to-left shot.  The tree line to the right presents some difficulty for a ball in that direction and it is sometimes difficult to manufacture a return from the 8th fairway to the 7th.  There is a creek running into the fairway from either side about 240m from the tee so an iron or wood other than a driver might be best for some.  From 80m out there is a steep climb for a second (or third) shot to the green and an extra club or so is worth thinking about as, once again the heavy kikuyu of the green approach combined with an invisible plateau just before the green itself is deceptive.  It’s best to be under the hole rather than above it.  From the Yellow Tees the tee shot is “fraught” with a tight line to avoid the left side trees and out of bounds and to prevent straying right onto the 8th; a nice right-to-left shot is good!

Carts: Keep to the centre of the fairway to the top of the rise then move to the right rough picking up the cart path to the tee 8th (adjacent to the 7th green) making sure in doing so that there are no players using the 8th tee.

 

8th Hole Par 5
White Tees 460-475m Red Tees 416m Yellow Tees 460m

Index: Men 9-28        Women 9-27-45

Another wonderfully scenic hole looking over the course’s main dam in the left foreground and the Great Dividing Range on the horizon.  This hole is a dog-leg left across a dip with a rocky burn running across the fairway fairly short of the tee then uphill toward the corner or the dog-leg before downhill toward the green.  A 240-250m drive to the right centre of the fairway could put you in a position to go for the green with your next.  Ordinary mortals, however, need to make sure their first and second shots manage their way around the tall trees left of the fairway acting as the corner to the dog-leg.  A substantial lateral hazard (the dam previously mentioned) is to the left; recovery from that side with or without the need for a penalty stroke is not ideal.  Whatever your length off the tee, right of the fairway is best though the tree line on the right is to be avoided.  A hefty left-to-right shot off the tee might bring the 7th fairway into play offering a choice based on negotiating the trees lining the 7th and 8th back to the 8th fairway or – with discretion the better part of valour – take a shorter shot to a point under the 7th tee; from there, there are fewer trees to impede a solid downhill shot to the green.  Be careful in following this option to make sure anyone playing the 7th is afforded their rights if necessary.  The lateral hazard follows you to the left virtually from the tee to the rear of a substantial green with bunkers left and right.  From the Red Tees the burn is a lot closer and presents less of a threat.

Carts: First, keep an eye out for carts from the 7th hole.  Keep to the cart path and the right rough to the crest of the hole at the dog-leg then cross the fairway at a good spot and progress down the left rough; park the cart adjacent to the bridge to the 9th and walk to the green.

 

9th Hole Par 4
White Tees 292-301m Red Tees 233mm Yellow Tees 230m

Index: Men 7-24        Women 14-32

Another shortish “as the crow flies” hole with a dog-leg left where the brave hearted might be tempted to take a line direct to the green over the dam; best, however, to do this the second time playing the hole after learning what awaits in doing so.  For ordinary mortals it’s a 170-190m shot into the open fairway over the dam wall.  A gentle shot right-to-left around the trees on the other side of the dam is best; the “corner” of the dog-leg on the far side of the fairway is 180m out with a shorter shot available further left the drive.  A second shot needs to take account of the three bunkers short of the hole.  There is a fall from the right of the green toward the green.  To the left there is a lateral hazard (the other side of the dam on the 8th) though this is well short of the green and only likely to come into play with a wayward second shot.  There is a strong fall away from the left side of the green.  From the Red Tees the shorter hole eliminates the threat of the near dam although the line into the dog leg is tight particularly for a longer shot

Carts: Take the cart path to the red tees then follow the right rough to the cart path on the right and on toward the right side of the green; being careful of golfers on the 10th tee!

 

10th Hole Par 4
White Tees 341-349m Red Tees 333m Yellow Tees 330m

Index: Men 12-30      Women 1-19-37

Another dog-leg left and tee shot placement is important; a good 175-200m shot with a gentle right-to-left shot just right of the tree line on the left will put you in a good position to make the green with your next shot.  The brave hearted with right-to-left shot long and high over the far tree line left and generally finish back on the 10th fairway, 50+ metres ahead of the average golfer with 100m shot to the green.  High short shots to the green can be made in direct line to the pin with a high shot likely to stop in a good position.  A longer iron particularly if you cannot provide height with it, needs to take account of a strong left to right fall the length of the fairway and close to the green.   From the left of the green a put or chip will run hard. There is one bunker on the right of the green … the one you were in off the second tee!

Carts: Stay in the left rough for the entire hole.  If the second shot is from the 9th fairway take the right rough to the ball then cross to the left rough before or at the corner of the dog-leg.

 

11th Hole Par 4
White Tees 311-322m Red Tees 311m Yellow Tees 310m

Index:  Men 10-29      Women 6-24-42

This is a straightforward hole although the fairway “leans” right to left so a good drive is one with a gentle left-to-right making sure to avoid the overhanging trees along the right side of the fairway.  A shot right-to-left on this hole particularly if it’s on the longish side runs the risk of running into the tree line on the left or into a poor position on the 10th fairway; either way its makes the second shot to the green difficult.  The green has a bunker on the right and there is a strong fall from right to left to the green behind the bunker and left from the green.

Carts: Stay in the right rough and using discretion move onto the fairway at the 100m mark then back to the right rough to the path to the 12th … or use the left rough and cross the fairway at the 60-70m mark to the hill to the 12th.

 

12th Hole Par 3
White Tees 148-165m Red Tees 148m Yellow Tees 148m

Index: Men 4-32        Women 12-30

This is a good solid “short” hole with a deceptive rise to the green making shot selection important.  There is a strong left to right slope from the left of the green.  Between this slope and the green are two bunkers barely visible from the tee.  Severely left there are some out of bounds pegs.  There is a substantial fall away from the green to the right; a ball landing on this side may well end up on the 11th fairway such is the run at that point. Anything short is likely to stay pretty much where it lands after an initial turn to the right.  The green itself has a strong left to right fall so a high shot is likely to stick while a running shot in drier seasons might be “good” to run through the green right.  Chipping to the green is also affected by this left to right fall.

Carts: Follow the cart path and stay in the left rough for the entire hole

 

13th Hole Par 4
White Tees 328-336m Red Tees 334m Yellow Tees 320m

Index: Men 14-27      Women 5-23-41

This is the first of the six holes on the club house side with this tee notable for its stonework and associated gardens, work completed in 2014 to commemorate a generous gift to the club of the cart paths on the final six holes.  This is a straightforward “downhill” hole only complicated by the heavy treed area to the right of the cart path on the right and the rocky burn to the left to the 150m mark.  Trees are present on both sides of the fairway and frame the narrow gentle uphill approach to the green protected as it is with overhanging trees left and right not to mention bunkers left and right, both forward of the green.  Too long an approach shot into the green can be fraught with paths gardens and un-staked shrubs abounding left right and to the rear.

Carts: Use the cart path for the full length of the hole.

 

14th Hole Par 3
White Tees 126-130m Red Tees 129m Yellow Tees 115m

Index: Men 16-35      Women 17-35

A gentle short hole over a small dam bounded by bushes that eat golf balls with little or no provocation.  There are four bunkers, three around the front of the green and another rear and right to catch any wayward shot.  To further complicate what might be an otherwise idyllic picture there is a tree to the [near] right of the green that has a habit of catching the best of shots and on a bad day and throwing it back into the dam.  There are also trees to the left that have been known to catch a ball hit in that direction, generally ending up with a wet ball.  Like all easy holes, it’s a trap for unwary players.

Carts: Use the cart part for the length of the hole or cross the fairway on firm ground just before or beyond the dam to the path on the 17th or the left rough.

 

15th Hole Par 4
White Tees 318-337m Red Tees 308m Yellow Tees 305m

Index: Men 2-20        Women 3-21-39

Rated the second hardest hole on the course, this is an uphill dog-leg left disguising a hole that might otherwise appear easy.  A longer hitter, of course will hit a ball effortlessly over the trees leaving a short iron to the green from the middle of the fairway.   For the average golfer, trees on the dog-leg left corner can grab a ball on the way through whereas a ball hit wide (right) of the trees has a habit of running across the fairway to the far rough.  A shot right-to-left from outside the tree line on the “corner” is always good if it can be managed.  A ball hit left-to-right means quite a long shot uphill into a green protected with bunkers, one to the front and left and the other adjacent right.  The green keeper likes to place a pin behind the left hand bunker further complicating matters.

Carts: Follow the cart path from the 14th green and return past the 14th green then keep to the left rough for the rest of the hole

 

16th Hole Par 3
White Tees 151m Red Tees 151m Yellow Tees 150m

Index:  Men 18-36      Women 18-36

This hole is rated the easiest hole on the course and is slightly downhill to a green protected by two bunkers short of the green, one left and the other right just inside an out of bounds fence that runs the length of the hole to the right.  In dry season a short ball can run from a carry short of the green past the flag and sometimes through into a difficult spot back of the green; a higher shot tends to avoid this.  In wetter times the ball holds up a little better though it can stop dead in the damp kikuyu at the front of the green.

Carts: Drive in the rough tom the tee parking to the right of the tees then taking the right rough along the out of bounds fence to the rear of the 17th tee.

 

17th Hole Par 4
White Tees 316-328m Red Tees 321m Yellow Tees 315m

Index: Men 6-22        Women 7-25-43

A beautiful hole, the second half of which is uphill with a very slight dog-leg right.  A tee shot struck along the [extreme] left of the fairway will, if it catches the cart path, have a good chance of finding the dam at the 14th hole.  A good line is just left of centre straight or with a slight right-to-left shot from the middle right of the fairway.  Both options will avoid a 180-190m drive drifting right toward the dam on the right.  The approach to the green is uphill wherever you are on the fairway though a tee shot behind the dam might require some sort of recovery action depending on how enterprising you are.  From the fairway an approach is only complicated by the uphill nature of the shot and the pin positioning on a very long green.  A red, or white flag, is generally straightforward whereas a yellow flag might require a challenging shot over a deep bunker running the full length of the green on the right; there is a second shallow bunker to the left of the green.  The back of the green has a steep-ish slope in most directions set to punish an over-hit ball.

Carts: Follow the cart path for the length of the hole.

 

18th Hole Par 4   (Par 5 for Women)
White Tees 331-340m Red Tees 339m Yellow Tees 290m

Index:  Men 8-23        Women 15-33

This downhill-uphill hole leads back toward the clubhouse and favours a gentle shot right-to-left from the right hand edge of the fairway; this takes advantage of a useful right to left fall that could take a fair drive to a good position to reach the green.  A left-to-right shot runs the risk of finding a wooded area to the right of the cart path whereas a strong right-to-left centre-left could find the rocky burn dividing the 13th and 18th fairways.  The green is uphill from a good drive with one bunker to the right side of the green and another front left.  There are out of bounds running along inside the hedge at the back of the green.  There is a substantial garden right and short of the green that screens another out of bounds boundary shielding the clubhouse.  It’s a good hole to end up short of the hole rather than beyond it

Carts: Follow the cart path for the length of the hole.

 

 

 

 

The Clubhouse Course                   

Par:  Men 68      Women 70

Slope Ratings: Men 116    Women 124

 This course is a nine-hole composite of the holes 13 to 18 of the full course on the clubhouse side of Wingham Road and three additional holes to the west of the clubhouse.  The course ratings are based on eighteen holes being twice around these nine holes; it is a course used regularly by the Taree Veteran Golfers and social golfers.

 

1st and 10th Hole [13th on the Full Course]     Par 4
White Tees 328-336m Red Tees 334m Yellow Tees 320m

Index: Men 9-27 and 10-28   Women 5-23-41 and 6-24-42

This is the first of the six holes on the club house side with this tee notable for its stonework and associated gardens, work completed in 2014 to commemorate a generous gift to the club of the cart paths on the final six holes.  This is a straightforward “downhill” hole only complicated by the heavy treed area to the right of the cart path on the right and the rocky burn to the left to the 150m mark.  Trees are present on both sides of the fairway and frame the narrow gentle uphill approach to the green protected as it is with overhanging trees left and right not to mention bunkers left and right, both forward of the green.  Too long an approach shot into the green can be fraught with paths gardens and un-staked shrubs abounding left right and to the rear.

Carts: Use the cart path for the full length of the hole.

 

2nd and 11th Holes [14th on the Full Course]   Par 3
White Tees 126-130m Red Tees 129m Yellow Tees 115m

Index: Men 15-33 and 16-34 Women 15-33 and 16-34

A gentle short hole over a small dam bounded by bushes that eat golf balls with little or no provocation.  There are four bunkers, three around the front of the green and another rear and right to catch any wayward shot.  To further complicate what might be an otherwise idyllic picture there is a tree to the [near] right of the green that has a habit of catching the best of shots and on a bad day and throwing it back into the dam.  There are also trees to the left that have been known to catch a ball hit in that direction, generally ending up with a wet ball.  Like all easy holes, it’s a trap for unwary players.

Carts: Use the cart part for the length of the hole or cross the fairway on firm ground just before or beyond the dam to the path on the 17th or the left rough.

 

3rd and 12th Holes [15th on the Full Course]   Par 4
White Tees 318-337m Red Tees 308m Yellow Tees 305m

Index: Men 1-19 and 2-20     Women 3-21 and 4-22-40

Rated the second hardest hole on the course, this is an uphill dog-leg left disguising a hole that might otherwise appear easy.  A longer hitter, of course will hit a ball effortlessly over the trees leaving a short iron to the green from the middle of the fairway.   For the average golfer, trees on the dog-leg left corner can grab a ball on the way through whereas a ball hit wide (right) of the trees has a habit of running across the fairway to the far rough.  A shot right-to-left from outside the tree line on the “corner” is always good if it can be managed.  A ball hit left-to-right means quite a long shot uphill into a green protected with bunkers, one to the front and left and the other adjacent right.  The green keeper likes to place a pin behind the left hand bunker further complicating matters.

Carts: Follow the cart path from the 14th green and return past the 14th green then keep to the left rough for the rest of the hole.

 

4th and 13th Holes [16th on Full Course]          Par 3
White Tees 151m Red Tees 151m Yellow Tees 150m

Index: Men 11-29 and 12-30 Women 11-29 and 12-30

This hole is rated the easiest hole on the course and is slightly downhill to a green protected by two bunkers short of the green, one left and the other right just inside an out of bounds fence that runs the length of the hole to the right.  In dry season a short ball can run from a carry short of the green past the flag and sometimes through into a difficult spot back of the green; a higher shot tends to avoid this.  In wetter times the ball holds up a little better though it can stop dead in the damp kikuyu at the front of the green.

Carts: Drive in the rough tom the tee parking to the right of the tees then taking the right rough along the out of bounds fence to the rear of the 17th tee.

 

5th and 14th Holes [17th on Full Course]          Par 4
White Tees 316-328m Red Tees 321m Yellow Tees 315m

Index:                          Men 5-23 and 6-24     Women 7-25

A beautiful hole, the second half of which is uphill with a very slight dog-leg right.  A tee shot struck along the [extreme] left of the fairway will, if it catches the cart path, have a good chance of finding the dam at the 14th hole.  A good line is just left of centre straight or with a slight right-to-left shot from the middle right of the fairway.  Both options will avoid a 180-190m drive drifting right toward the dam on the right.  The approach to the green is uphill wherever you are on the fairway though a tee shot behind the dam might require some sort of recovery action depending on how enterprising you are.  From the fairway an approach is only complicated by the uphill nature of the shot and the pin positioning on a very long green.  A red, or white flag, is generally straightforward whereas a yellow flag might require a challenging shot over a deep bunker running the full length of the green on the right; there is a second shallow bunker to the left of the green.  The back of the green has a steep-ish slope in most directions set to punish an over-hit ball.

Carts: Follow the cart path for the length of the hole.

 

6th and 15th Holes [19th Hole]                 Par 4
Yellow Tees    260m

Index:  Men 7-25 and 8-26     Women 13-31 and 14-32

This an interesting hole requiring a carefully placed shot from the tee of 170-180m to position for ready access to a heavily camouflaged green.  A tee shot into the trees to the left gives a fair chance of recovery whereas one to the right is fraught with obstacles unless luck provides a way to the right of the green where there are no trees … good luck!  From the point of access to the normal line into the green with a second shot there is a choice of a running shot under the canopy or a shot over the canopy onto the green.  The green is a weird rectangular shape with the “long” side facing an approach to it leaving a very little room for error in trying stop the ball (on a front to rear camber) from  running over the back into some heavy grasses.

Carts: Follow the left rough the entire length of the hole to the rear of the next tee or follow the right rough and cross the fairway at the corner of the dog-leg.

 

 

7th and 16th Holes [20th Hole]                  Par 3

Index: Men 13-31 and 14-32 Women 17-35 and 18-36

Yellow Tees    90m

A fascinating little hole with one bunker short, right and deep and another long and left, shallow enough but hitting onto a strong away slope across the green making it easy to run off the other side.  The green is also well protected by an overhanging tree which can grab hold of a slightly underdone tee shot.  The green is difficult with a strong left to right fall.  A lot of fun nonetheless!

Carts: Park well away to the rear of the tee and move to the green by tracking back towards the professional’s shop and taking the concrete path outside the car park, keeping hard left of the green heading towards the roadway.

 

8th and 17th Holes [21st Hole]        Par 5

Index:  Men 17-35 and 18-36 Women 1-19-37

Yellow Tees    420m

A beautifully gentle longer hole rewarding three good straight shots downhill off the tee and uphill to the green.  It punishes anything off the fairway with left (heavy rough ahead of a lateral hazard running the length of the hole) being a lot worse than right (lots of trees).  A third shot from the left into the green also has its problems in avoiding an overhanging canopy; there is no such problem coming in from the right of the fairway.  The green is a good size with a heavy fall over the back into a potential out of bounds position when a provisional ball might be useful.  On approach there are two metre-high mounds “protecting” the green; this is a delusion as over the other side of the mounds are two wide and deep-ish bunkers running across almost the whole of the front of the green, mitigated only by a narrow “bridge” of grass between them, right centre ahead of the green.  A long hitter can make the green in two whereas the average punter needs to rely on three good shots.

Carts:  Take the roadway to the tee and then follow the cart path onto the right rough for the entire hole taking care to move further right toward the 19th fairway from 100m out from the green.  Pick up the path to the back of the 18th and 19th tees.

 

9th and 18th Holes [18th on Full Course]          Par 4 (Par 5 for Women)
White Tees 331-340m Red Tees 339m Yellow Tees 290m

Index:  Men 3-21 and 4-22     Women 9-27-45 and 10-28

This downhill-uphill hole leads back toward the clubhouse and favours a gentle shot right-to-left from the right hand edge of the fairway; this takes advantage of a useful right to left fall that could take a fair drive to a good position to reach the green.  A left-to-right shot runs the risk of finding a wooded area to the right of the cart path whereas a strong right-to-left centre-left could find the rocky burn dividing the 13th and 18th fairways.  The green is uphill from a good drive with one bunker to the right side of the green and another front left.  There are out of bounds running along inside the hedge at the back of the green.  There is a substantial garden right and short of the green that screens another out of bounds boundary shielding the clubhouse.  It’s a good hole to end up short of the hole rather than beyond it.

Carts: Follow the cart path for the length of the hole.