Hole 1 Broadhurst
A nice short par 5 to start with, this hole plays a little longer than the yardage suggests due to its elevated green. The tee shot is important if you want to go for the green in 2 so beware of the tree in the middle of the fairway.
Hole 2 Eaves Knoll
A nice par 4, which again plays its distance, the ideal tee shot would be on the left side of the fairway as it would open the green for the approach. Any approach shot pulled slightly left or long will be severely punished by either the wall or water hazard around the rear of the green.
Hole 3 Whitle
A short par 4 which has risks and rewards, the slim green is reachable for the bigger hitters but is well guarded by bunkers, so the safe shot could be to lay up just short of the fairway bunkers leaving your favourite distance to the long green.
Hole 4 Jim Riddick
Don’t let the short distance fool you, this hole proves that you don’t have to make a par 3 200+ yards to be difficult. The green, although very wide is short in depth, and is well protected all around whatever you do – don’t go long or you will be lucky to get up and down!
Hole 5 Appletree
Stroke index 1, the tee shot is best hit as close to the marker pole as possible leaving a flat lie for the approach, any tee shot hit past the post and the lie will be very undulating. The 2nd shot is not an easy one with the green being long and narrow and surrounded by slopes and bunkers. Once on the green the work isn’t done. There are numerous breaks making some pins difficult to master.
Hole 6 Stonypiece
A nice par 3 with a kidney shaped green, being narrow at the front but a lot wider towards the back, a good tee shot here will give you a good birdie opportunity.
Hole 7 Redishaw
A fantastic dog-leg par 4 up to the top corner of the course. Another risk and reward tee shot for those players who can cut the corner from the tee. The approach shot always plays a club or 2 longer due to the fairly large elevated green. Don’t bail out right as the right hand side is well protected by numerous bunkers.
Hole 8 Castle Edge
A picturesque par 3 across the top of the course with the kinder downfall as a backdrop. A generous size green for a medium length par 3 but is well guarded on both sides.
Hole 9 Shaw Marsh
A very difficult par 4, normally played into the prevailing wind. Hit a good tee shot and then decide whether to attack the green with your approach, but beware of the stream about 30 yards short of the green.
Hole 10 The Road
A long bunkerless par 3, the main danger is the out of bounds down the right hand side of the hole, any tee shot on the green will have been a good one, but beware that 2 putts is not always as easy as it seems.
Hole 11 Fred Jones
A tight tee shot faces you on this nice par 4, with one down the middle of the fairway an ideal start. A very simple approach shot is on view from here to a large green with not too much protection.
Hole 12 Quarry
A blind tee shot over the quarry face is one of the most talked about and feared shots on the course, get it wrong and your round could be ruined but get it right and a birdie is there for the taking.
Hole 13 Kinder
The tee shot on this par 4 is beautifully framed by trees on both sides. Another kidney shaped green, so looks tight from the front but there is plenty of space at the back.
Hole 14 Knightwake
The longest, straightest hole on the course, played straight uphill, not too many obstacles on the way other than the small green which slopes heavily form back to front.
Hole 15 Mashie
A short par 3 across the top of the back nine, club selection is very important on this hole as the front bunker makes the hole look shorter than it plays, but go too long and you will find yourself in the “quarry”. A generous sized green which slopes from front to back.
Hole 16 Tater Field
The most difficult and most spectacular par 3 on the course. With the tee being so elevated the ball seems to spend an eternity in the air, before facing its massive descent. Almost any club in the bag can be used on this hole depending on the wind.
Hole 17 Tommy’s Grave
A very tricky blind tee shot over Tommy’s Grave, so trust the marker pole for your line, however the fairway gets very tight at around 220 yards so bear this in mind. The approach to the green is guarded by a small water hazard short left and bunkers to the right.
Hole 18 Rigby’s
A tight tee shot from an enclosed area starts this final hole but the target area soon opens up. The main danger with the second shot are the fairway bunkers which are around 150 yards short of the green and in a bottleneck, so decide whether to lay up or go for glory.