Hole 1 (Par 4 Stroke 3)
A tough par 4 to start off your day, a drive missed to the right might end up between the trees, blocking your approach to the green. If you miss the fairway to the left the strategically placed fairway bunker might gobble up your ball. If you do manage to find the fairway accuracy is key to navigate your entry to the green, where a deep greenside bunker is waiting.
Hole 2 (Par 4 Stroke 13)
A dogleg to the left par 4 where risk and reward comes strongly into play. Longer hitters will try to cut the corner over the left, leaving themselves a short pitch to the green, however out of bounds stakes lurk very close. Should you decide to take the more conservative route, a decent drive will leave you with no more than a mid to short iron to the green.
Hole 3 (Par 4 Stroke 1)
A daunting par 4 for even the best of players, a long and straight drive is imperative if you want to hit this green in 2. The green is guarded by strategically placed bunkers both left and right to punish any wayward approach. No shame in writing a 5 on your card for this stroke 1.
Hole 4 (Par 3 Stroke 15)
The 1st of 4 stunning par 3’s on this layout. For most golfers the tee shot will require no more than a mid to short iron, however this large green offers many a pin placement. Beware of the dam on the right-hand side, a recently constructed new tee box provides a different angle to the green, forcing the golfer to carry the water.
Hole 5 (Par 4 Stroke 5)
Find the fairway on this slight dogleg to the right par 4 and you will be ideally placed to approach this shallow green where a large bunker lurks in the front. Missing the fairway either side might lead to trees blocking your line to the green.
Hole 6 (Par 5 Stroke 9)
Find the fairway on this par 5 and you might be one of the many players contemplating whether to go for this green in 2. The fairway slopes left to right leading to many a good drive trickling into the rough on the right. Laying up in front of the penalty area some 70m before the green allows the shorter hitter to also set up a possible birdie opportunity. An accurate approach is required into this narrow green.
Hole 7 (Par 3 Stroke 17)
A short par 3 known to locals as “Duck Pond”. Standing on the tee one would feel anything worse than par is giving up a shot to the rest of the field, however 2 well placed bunkers protect the green on the right-hand side. The green slopes from back to front, leaving anyone going past the flag with quite a slippery putt coming back.
Hole 8 (Par 4 Stroke 7)
Accuracy is key from the tee on this par 4. The ideal line is towards the fairway bunker at the corner on the left, leaving an uphill approach to a well-guarded green.
Hole 9 (Par 5 Stroke 11)
A nice wide fairway awaits the golfer from the tee-box on the 2nd par 5 of the first nine. The longer hitter will most definitely try to reach the green in 2, however any shot releasing too far will end up in the bunker behind the green. Two further bunkers lurk on the left and right of the green. The shorter hitter has two lay-up options available, lay up short of the dogleg leaving a longer 3rd shot into the green or lay up past the dogleg leaving a shorter pitch shot into the green.
Hole 10 (Par 5 Stroke 8)
A very demanding par 5 to start off the back nine. Finding the fairway is imperative should you wish to have any chance of reaching this green in 2. If choosing to lay up players can either lay up short of the spruit or play for the fairway past the spruit, however both options will require your full attention. Penalty areas on both sides of this hole adds to the difficulty factor. The green is once again well protected with a bunker on the right and penalty area on the left.
Hole 11 (Par 4 Stroke 10)
Most players will opt for an iron or fairway wood off this tee to ensure they find the narrow fairway. The spruit lurks along the left side of this hole all the way up to the green, where 2 bunkers await any stray shot to the right.
Hole 12 (Par 3 Stroke 14)
The spruit once again comes into play on this par 3, this time along the front and right-hand side. A 2-tier green awaits the player, making distance control of the tee of utmost importance.
Hole 13 (Par 4 Stroke 2)
A very demanding drive off the tee, where most shots on the left half of the fairway will be blocked out by the trees. Find the right half of the fairway and you will have the best chance to approach this demanding green which predominantly slopes from left to right.
Hole 14 (Par 4 Stroke 4)
One of the few holes which favours a right to left ball flight. Managing to find the fairway will assist in your approach to a green sloping severely from right to left. Walking away from this hole with a 4 will feel like a small victory.
Hole 15 (Par 4 Stroke 6)
A well-placed fairway bunker guards this narrow fairway. Longer hitters will attempt to carry it, leaving a short pitch into the green. The more conservative route forces you to play short of the bunker or try and miss it on its right-hand side. From here a mid-iron into a wide green awaits, protected by bunkers to the left and front of the green.
Hole 16 (Par 4 Stroke 12)
A classic risk and reward par 4. The longer hitter can attempt to hit the green but 3 greenside bunkers awaits should the player miss the target. Alternatively, the player can navigate his/her tee shot between the fairway bunkers leaving a short iron into a narrow and deep green.
Hole 17 (Par 3 Stroke 18)
Depending on the tee box used for the day, this par 3 can play quite differently. The tee box on the left brings the dam immediately into play, whereas the tee box on the right makes for an easier angle into the green. A green with subtle slopes makes finding the green with your tee shot important, so make sure to miss the greenside bunker on the left.
Hole 18 (Par 5 Stroke 16)
A wide receptive fairway awaits the player on this closing par 5, just be cautious of the grass “sloot” dividing the fairway in two. Find the fairway and a narrow entrance awaits the player at the front of the green, by virtue of the pond front right and a bunker guarding the left-hand side. Another bunker to the right-hand side of the green will punish any stray shot in that direction. The green slopes from back to front