Hole by Hole(Front 9)

1st Hole – Sprot

144 yards – Par 3

Have you greased your short game before your round? If not, prepare for a bogey or worse at this short but perilous opening hole. Four bunkers short, left, right and long protect the green like eager sentries. Anything even longer gets wet. Par means you can spring onto the second with confidence.

2nd Hole – Muirhead

505 yards – Par 5

A birdie chance if you play your cards properly. Keep your drive left of centre, or arrow straight between the trees left and right. Unless you have Tiger’s coil, anything right tempts danger and a lost ball. Two good shots should leave a short pitch into a large, raised green. On the sloping, undulating dancefloor, dare take your two putts for granted and you may be staring at three jabs and an ugly six.

3rd Hole – Greenlea

360 yards – Par 4

Downhill drive, uphill approach. The ominous white stakes of out-of-boundsville await a sliced tee-shot, and the wind is often left-to-right too. But the fairway is plentiful and welcoming. A good drive sets up a short iron into a large green. You won’t be able to see the bottom of the pin, so club up and make sure your approach surmounts the mini-valley at the green’s front.

4th Hole – Campsie View

341 yards – Par 4

If you start to enjoy the stunning views of the Campsie Hills too much, then you are staring at bogey or worse. Good course management on this short – Par four presents ample chance of birdie. Long hitters may fancy going for the green, but anything faded will be gathered by the wind and sent into the trees or neighbourhood gardens. Take a 3 wood or long iron down the middle, leaving a wedge into a generous target. Go long with your approach and you’ll be reaching for the Hamlets.

5th Hole – Mackie

193 yards – Par 3

– Par here is a good score. The tee is protected by surrounding forestry, so you won’t feel the wind which is likely to be stiff into your face off the left. Club up – depending on wind strength you may need something long in your hand. Aim for the left of a large green, although coming up short presents a straightforward up and down.

6th Hole – Berryknow

369 yards – Par 4

A good tee shot sets up a decent birdie chance. Aim for the left centre of the fairway to shorten the hole. Bunkers and trees await anything straying too far rightwards. Bunkers also await any errant approach, but the green is large and flat.

7th Hole – Drumsack

415 yards – Par 4

A tough – Par 4, demanding a long, straight drive to bisect the glaring trees on left and right. A burn across the fairway is just desserts for a duffed drive and the wind is often directly against. Take plenty of club with your uphill approach. Anything beyond the pin leaves a treacherous downhill putt. Four blows at this hole is never too shabby.

8th Hole – Auchengeoch

367 yards – Par 4

Short – Par four, stroke index 18, so attack for birdie. A large downhill fairway means you can let go from the tee. A decent drive, usually down wind, leaves a short approach. It’s best to be on the right of the fairway, as the pin is often protected by a magnetic bunker front left. Beware the aforementioned wind: there’s a hidden bunker at the back, while shankers will get wet. A large, flat green allows you to assault the pin going for birdie.

9th Hole – Peat Hill

325 yards – Par 4

Another short – Par four to end the outward nine. The fairway is as wide as the Grand Canyon, but a tee shot too far right risks heavy rough or OB, and bunkers trap hooks. Your approach should be short but will be uphill and invariably into the wind, so make sure you don’t dodge morning porridge. The putting surface is big enough, but anything too long means a difficult up and down.


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