1Standing on the first tee you have a beautiful view of Dorchester. This view gives the hole its name 'Casterbridge' taken from Thomas Hardy's name for Dorchester. 2Named after a poem written by the Dorset poet William Barnes. This short par 3 is well bunkered. A good tee shot is required if you don't want to be left a difficult up and down; e3Spinney meaning small wood; thicket. This short par 4 is a great test. Two accurate shots are needed to leave yourself with a realistic birdie chance. Anything from a 4 iron to a t4The hole plays downhill with more views over Dorchester. Out of bounds down the right hand side. Two bunkers waiting for the big hitters.5Back towards the clubhouse now and uphill through a valley. A long hole off the whites into any wind. A tough blind approach uphill to the green.6A great par three playing across the valley you have just played up. Beware the well placed bunkers to the left and right.7Named after the largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe. Situated just 2 miles south of Dorchester it covers an area of 47 acres. 'Maiden' derives from the Celtic 'Mai Dun' which mean8Named after the Dorset poet and novelist 'Thomas Hardy'. The fairway is dominated by a large pit to the centre/left though some big hitters may decide to go over the pit. 9This hole leads back up to the club house. Stroke Index 1 on the card, it plays uphill all the way and requires two solid hits.10The short 10th hole, Fred May, is played in the summer. Shots to the left can get a lucky bounce onto the green off the bank whilst shots to the right will run down into the trees.11An accurate tee shot over an ancient mound, up the left hand side of the fairway rewards you with the best position from which to approach the green. Drives off the tee to the righ12Named after a character in Thomas Hardy's book 'THe Return of the Native'. A great par 3 with a green set in a bank that slopes left to right, well guarded by two front bunkers.13Named after the barrow situated halfway up the fairway. This is a staight forward par 5. Big hitter can reach in two if they can negotiate their way past the barrow.14Named after a location in the book by Thomas Hardy 'The Return of the Native'. This is another straight forward hole. The approach to the green is made more difficult by a mound to15As the name ( which is a motto of the county of Dorset) suggests, a dangerous hole with out of bounds around the back of the green16The tee provides one of the best views on course. It overlooks Weymouth and Portland. Named Slingers in reference to Thomas Hardy's name for Portland 'The Isle of Slingers', due to17The hole takes its name from the large pit to the right of the green, which itself is named after the last Pony to be used to work on the course. A short risk and reward par 4.18A good finishing hole. The fairway runs off to the right. After two good hits you will have hopefully missed the pot bunker to the right and landed on the new USGA specification gr
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