1A strong par 5 to open, played into the prevailing wind. The drive requires a carry of 150 yards over the gallops to a wide fairway narrowing at about 200 yards to provide a challe2Also played into the prevailing wind this is the hardest hole on the course, despite its stroke index. A drive starting down the right with draw is the optimal shot in order to avo3Turning back downwind this is another well protected green requiring an accurate tee shot to find the putting surface.4A right to left dogleg with the second shot being played through a gap in the row of trees known as “the Beech Walk”. Accuracy is required off the tee to avoid a bunker on the 5Unusually this is the third par 5 in the first five holes. The drive needs to favour the left side of the fairway, which cambers gently to the right, to give a clear second shot do6Probably the best risk/reward tee shot on the course, those players brave and powerful enough to drive over, or hit a fade around, the trees on the right will set up a straightforw7Another strong driving hole, and the second of three drives over the gallops. Those able to carry the ridge in the fairway 220 yards off the tee will gain a tremendous distance adv8One of the best driving holes on the course, this is generally played in a left to right wind. A line of trees to the left and three punishing bunkers to the right await the errant9Also normally played in a left to right wind, to a narrow two tier green that is only 13 yards wide. Both club and line need to be precise to ensure a straightforward par.10A downwind tee shot to a narrowing fairway demands a strategic tee shot.11Playing back into the prevailing wind, the drive on this left to right dogleg needs to keep to the centre left of the fairway to avoid taking the camber into the right rough, there12A short hole that belies its difficulty, especially when the pin is at the front. With only 10 paces between the bunkers and 8 paces beyond the cavernous bowl which will catch any 13A strong drive challenging the three bunkers on the corner of the left to right dogleg will be rewarded with a chance to go for the green. However, the narrow entrance between the 14An archetypal great short par 4 which is driveable for some in calm or downwind conditions. Gorse left and right will catch wayward attempts to play safe from the tee15The tee on Devil’s Dyke gives fantastic views across Newmarket to the surrounding countryside. The gallops in front of the tee and all the way down the right of this normally do16An accurate drive is required on this right to left dogleg to provide a good view of the green whilst avoiding the bunkers protecting the right of the fairway.17Played into the prevailing wind this tough par 3 can require a driver for the shorter hitter and is more than worthy of its Index. Out of bounds on the right and a well bunkered ap18The left to right prevailing wind will focus the minds of many players on the out of bounds to the right and the bunkering of the otherwise generous fairway will catch out the unwa
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