These notes are meant to be an aid to explaining local features on the course, thereby adding to your enjoyment when playing the course.
It is recommended that an identifiable mark should be put on your ball before starting play (Rule 6-5).
The course has several water features and the water hazards are marked out with yellow post, lateral water hazards with red posts. Each player should be fully aware of the rules governing relief from each type of hazard (Rule 26).
The use of GPS devices is permitted
The access road, pathways, car park, drainage covers, sprinkler heads, staked, tubed and netted trees are classified as immovable objects and relief may be taken. Vehicle tracks may be treated as Ground Under Repair [GUR] (Rule 25-1).
To play the 9 holes, the target times to complete your round are assessed as follows: 3 ball @ 2hr and a 4 ball @ 2hr 10min. We request that you keep up with the group ahead and in order to speed up play, we suggest that a provisional ball is played where the first ball may be difficult to find.
A challenging hole to open your round. A large pond is adjacent to the tees, with a right dog-leg followed by a left dog-leg. The sloping fairway leads into the green, a pond to the left of the green and three bunkers will test most golfers. To achieve par on this hole will be a good start to your round.
HOLE 2. Par 4, 392yds (white).
From the tee the fairway rises to the dog-leg turn with out of bounds to the left. A bunker fronts the green, with mature woodland forming a backdrop. The green with both back to front and left to right slopes makes this a tough hole. Interesting!
HOLE 3. Par 4, 418yds (white).
Stroke Index 1 on the scorecard. The fairway plays into the prevailing wind, with a mature oak tree some 230 yards from the tee creating a dilemma – go for it or lay-up. The green is protected by 3 bunkers, and the golfer is required to play an accurate approach shot.
HOLE 4. Par 4, 308yds (white).
A par 4, soft dog-leg right with a mature oak tree in the centre of the fairway allows the accurate golfer to ‘go’ for the green. Two bunkers, one to the left and one to the right with the car-park to the rear, makes the correct club selection the key to success.
HOLE 5. Par 4, 364yds (white).
Pulford Brook bounds this hole to the right of the fairway and the mature hedge and tree plantation to the left needs to be avoided. The green is surrounded by a brook to the right, a ditch, backed by a hedge to the rear, and two bunkers to the left. A tough par 4.
HOLE 6. Par 3, 156yds (white).
Par 3 over a pond – always a thought provoking moment! With rough to the right, and protected by 3 bunkers, playing this green is a test of accuracy and control. The prevailing wind from the right can also add to the complexity of this hole.
HOLE 7. Par 4, 330yds (white).
A dog-leg left leads to a sloping green with a backdrop of mature trees. 3 bunkers await the approach shot to the green, especially when playing in from the left hand side of the fairway.
HOLE 8. Par 3, 172yds (white).
With hedges and ditches crossing the approach to the green and mature woodland to the right, correct club selection and accuracy are demanded for this tiered green.
HOLE 9. Par 4, 390yds (white).
This slightly undulating fairway with a dog-leg left is bounded on the left between tee and green by mature trees. From the dog-leg, trouble lies to both sides of the fairway approach. Playing into the green is made difficult by a shallow ditch backed by trees to the left, and the sloping bank of a pond to the right. A hole not to be under estimated – this one can spoil your card.