Hole Flyovers for : Grove in RICKMANSWORTH, England in WD3 4TG
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1Bunkers patrolling the corner of the dog-leg might egg you on to go for the carry, but there is no point. From the middle of the fairway the green, once hidden, is now comfortingly2A softly diving ribbon of green framed against the backdrop of a far-off wooded escarpment lies beyond the mysterious horizon, yet beyond it the green tilts appealing at you. Strik3Try to find the haven down the right side before taking on the shot over ‘Hell’s Lake’. If you miss the green, shaven swales gather your ball and thoughts, and you’ll need 4Take a deep breath and be brave – go for it. Short means wet in the bubbling stream, while going over the shallow ledge of a green means relative safety among deep dells,5The hole rumbles away from you like a crumpled green blanket. Ahead a tousled strip of rough splits the fairway, and brilliantly, the sight of a channel of rugged bunkers dominates6A serene and meandering par-5 that stimulates the senses. Aim for the towering tree in line with the shimmering pond, 7An Honest but puzzling one-shotter looked over by eye-catching grandeur. It rises gently up towards the great house and so you spy only a furtive glimpse of a sliver of green on th8Don’t cut off the corner of the dog-leg, because in the lee of the slope lurks a dastardly, secretive bunker ready to gobble the unwary and bold. Better by far is to aim at the s9Let yourself off your tether and give it a ride, taking aim just to the left of the spreading Cedar in the distance. Don’t fear what is beyond a tangly outcrop of grass breaks th10To have a clear sight of this handsome green sitting comfortably behind an audience of bunkers you must drive to the heart of the corner of the rumpled fairway that slips between t11Only when you reach the first trap on the right of the majestically sweeping fairway does the green shimmy into view – then it’s decision time. 12Aim for the left-hand pot which is deceptively well past the more unforgiving one eating in from the right. A cunning bowl in front of a green sweeps away anything short and a ball13Incredibly inviting but sneaky long. Masterfully the features nestled against the trees below you lull your sense into thinking the distance is shorter than truth.14The seeming width of the fairway screams safety first. But in front of the encroaching bunker on the right is an arc of fairway, and similarly beyond the sand it opens out to revea15Crack one away exactly between the edge of the trap jutting in from the left and the cedar standing gloriously on the hillside by the 16th. Then remember to fly the approach all th16Don’t be drawn into thinking the green lies just over the left-hand bunker because your eyes are deceiving you and the trap is deliberately and dishonestly well shy.17A boomer will put the green in range, but ‘Bunker Hill’ looming large on the left just short of the green hides a third of the green but also a devious, deep, crease that hugs 18A surprisingly soothing looking drive for a tough home hole, and the approach looks straightforward enough too but in reality it takes a sweet strike to hit and hold the green.