1A difficult opener with a blind drive over the ‘Cresta Run’. Aim left of the flagstick for the best approach to a right-to-left sloping green with a narrow entrance.2Drive to the right to leave an approach up the slope of this shallow green. Distance judgement is tricky, and a central spine effectively renders it two greens in one.
3A driveable hole with – according to Tom Doak – one of the finest examples of a fall-away green in the world.4The change of elevation from a high tee to a low green keeps the ball in the air, making shots through cross-winds hard to judge on this beautiful short hole.5This uphill par 4 plays about thirty yards longer than measured due to water on your right forcing the drive left, and an elevated green adding distance to your second shot.6Drive left from the elevated tee to open up the narrow entrance to this heavily contoured green.7Try not to shy away from the woods on the right from the tee. Aim straight at the flag to give the best approach to a rare flat green.8A blind drive over the marker post leaves a most difficult second to a well-bunkered and hard-to-putt green.9A delightful shot across a valley to a two-tier green. The water hazard and trees on the right force players to miss the green on the left – this hole is a real tease.10Doak considers this and the eleventh to be the best back-to-back holes designed by MacKenzie. You need a long accurate drive here to reach the plateau, only to be faced by an equal11Another tight driving hole, with a downhill approach to a sloping green.12A good drive presents you with a second over a ridge topped with bunkers. Some fifty yards short of the putting surface this creates ‘dead’ ground, making for a tricky shot int13An excellent par 3 with a tee shot played uphill into a crescent green, making it hard to find the correct line.14A double dog-leg to the left, this is the only par 5 on the course. The out of bounds encourages play away from the wall, making it longer than its 496 yards, and the front slope o15Another short hole across a valley, this runs in the opposite direction to the ninth. The green slopes so much that when firm, just holding it is quite an achievement!16A straightforward par 4 along a left-to-right sloping fairway, this presents a downhill second shot to a green cut into the slope, making a line very hard to establish17A beautiful par 3, bunkered to the left and rear. The level plateau towards the back right of the green is notoriously had to find when the pin is cut there.18A great finishing hole, demanding a drive that reaches the plateau to the left – failure to do so means the ball kicking right across Watford Road.
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