Hole by hole

 

1st greenHoles 1 & 10
A daunting hole for the erratic golfer (particularly when starting the round). Pushed or sliced drives for the right-hader frequently lands in or over the adjacent houses, and consequently out of bounds. Not a long par five, which the big hitter can often reach the green in two, however, the green is guarded by a humped approach that can turn what appears to be a good shot into a bad one.

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Holes 2 & 11
Considered by many to be the clubs signature hole, the 2nd is played from an elevated tee with extensive views over the surrounding district.The green is heavily guarded with bunkers and a dry ditch. A strong wind blowing up the hole can render it virtually unreachable.

3rd & 12th

Holes 3 & 12
This is a short dogleg right par four. Long hitters may take on the dogleg driving over the out of bounds. A more conservative route is to play down into the valley allowing the natural contours to negotiate the dogleg, this can however end in frustration due to the presence of the old Hawthorne tree in the valley. Probably the safest option is to drive onto the fourth fairway leavig a relatively easy second shot to the green.

 
4th & 13th
Holes 4 & 13
Although not the longest par four ever, the 4th/13th richly deserves its stroke index rating of one and two. This is because the hole begins the ascent back up the course and consequently plays a considerable longer that the stated yardage allowing only the bigger hitters to reach the green in regulation.
 
 
5th & 14thHoles 5 & 14
This is considered by many to be the best hole on the course. From the secluded tee the hole and its hazards can be seen in their entirety. The land drops away to the right and gathers up an off-line tee shot. Two copses and a ditch on the left provide other dangers. In addition, the greenside bunker and tall Hawthorne hedge can trap approach shots leaking to the right.
 
  6th & 15th
Holes 6 & 15
This hole is played from an elevated tee and (hopefully) through the gap in the wall of Oak trees, where wayward shots invariably find trouble and onto a reasonably wide expanse of fairway. A long drive is not essential on this hole and many astute golfers use an iron club for accuracy off the tee. 

  7th & 16th

Holes 7 & 16
The ascent of the 7th/16th athough not in the “thrombosis hill” category, never the less does require the expenditure of some energy, particularly on the second nine, and more so if the round has been a poor one. A good par four that has changed little over the years.

 

   8th & 17th

Holes 8 & 17
Approaching the 8th/17th tee the golfer crosses a small bridge dedicated to the memory of Harold Kellett, a past President, Secretary and respected member of the club. The sharp dogleg right requires a good drive to attain the optimum position for the second shot, uphill to the green. Many a good card has been ruined by a shot out of bounds into the practice area on the right. The hole has become more difficult as the trees have matured.

  

9th & 18th
Holes 9 & 18
The short par three completes the course in front of the Clubhouse, ideally placed for golfers to demonstrate their skills on and around the green to the admiration or amusement of members watching from the patio or clubhouse. The addition in 2005, of a greenside pond has given the final hole an extra dimension.