Hole By Hole(Back 9)

10th Hole – Rookery

287 yards – Par 4

Another great birdie chance. Keep the tee shot straight or you’ll crash into overhanging branches and end up in hostile jungle territory. If you’ve Rory’s shoulder turn, you can make the green, otherwise, a decent tee shot leaves you with a short second. Keep that approach below the pin as the green slopes towards you. A downhill putt on this green tests the steeliest nerve.

11th Hole – Stey Brae

401 yards – Par 4

The back nine starts to toughen up here. A straightforward drive over the hill, to a wide fairway, but don’t hold back or you’ll have a long uphill second to a small target. You’ll most likely have to wallop your second towards a tiny green gateway, protected on each side with deadly sand traps. Par or better permits a private smirk and a jaunty walk to twelve.

12th Hole – Garnkirk

278 yards – Par 4

A terrific risk/reward hole. From the back tees, and if you have Tiger’s deltoids, go for the green, and an eagle chance. The more conservative golfer can play anything from a wood to a niblick down the hill, leaving a simple pitch to the putting surface. Beware of the burn and two sandy craters awaiting anything short. Go for birdie here. You may need it as you consider thirteen…

13th Hole – Auld Hoose

449 yards – Par 4

Crow Wood’s signature hole. Its majesty can be overlooked though, because one bad turn and things get ugly. Aim between the line of bushes up the left and the large beautiful tree on the right centre of the fairway. Don’t be fooled by this tree’s beauty: smack its limbs and finding the green in regulation becomes fantasy. Anything further right is fine, but makes an already long hole even longer, as it doglegs left. You need to be long from the tee but don’t swing too hard: anything too far left is gone forever, and you’ll be reloading. Take plenty of club with your approach to a raised, generous, green, but don’t pull it or you are risking a voluminous bunker or worse still: OB. Par or better allows a joyous skip to fourteen.

14th Hole – Sclaffers

343 yards – Par 4

Nobody wants to see a promising medal card torn up here, but, just like the 13th, if you pull or hook from the tee, then you are out of luck and out of bounds. Watch for the bunker on the left which will snare any mild draw. But there’s plenty of room up the right, and a reasonable drive will leave a shortish second. When you pitch in, avoid the huge bunker protecting the right and front, and don’t go long or you’re in another jungle. But the green is plenty big.


15th Hole – Gateside

164 yards – Par 3

It looks a small target from the tee, but the green is actually pretty huge. A mid-short iron should be enough — although from the back tees it’s different gravy. Give it plenty welly and keep it straight. A trio of bunkers, in a trio of unhelpful spots, are there to spoil your enjoyment.

16th Hole – Hunter

328 yards – Par 4

A definite birdie chance here. Keep your tee shot right and it will bound down off the hill, leaving a short pitch in to the green. Anything too far left will be in water, or will leave your approach obscured by trees. Big hitters can attempt the green, but watch for the burn guarding the front. The green’s fortress is in the shape of several pot bunkers. Leave your pitch below the hole or your downhill birdie chance may descend to gruesome bogey.

17th Hole – Hillside

382 yards – Par 4

This is a very challenging par four – especially so if the winds in the mood. There’s no real danger from the tee, unless you sclaff hopelessly into the burn – although some sparse, small trees lie in wait for anything lightly faded. But your approach can be anything from a short iron to a wooden club depending on wind and gym dedication. The green is large but uphill, so take one more than you think, and give it a proper swat. If you err left or right, you’re in the sand. Par is good.

18th Hole – Avenue

517 yards – Par 5

A vintage hole offering the chance of damnation OR redemption. A decent drive anywhere but pulled left sets you up perfectly. A duck hook will end up in the member’s car park, embittering the post-round drink. If you hit it far, you can make the green in two as long as you avoid the gorgeous tree dominating the fairway’s left side. Lesser mortals should get home with two shots and a shortish iron. The green is flat and kind. Whatever you do, do don’t go long, or you’ll need Jordan’s short-game to save face. Putt out, hit the clubhouse bar and haste ye back!

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