Ardencote’s 5 Trickiest Holes
Our 18 Hole Golf Course has some tricky holes, here are our top 5 and tips on how to play them…
Hole 3 is the first of our top 5 although the stroke index is 9 it is a trick deserving hole. Hole 3 is a 328-yard par 4, the hole incorporates a tight dog leg left with a hard and unforgiving shot into the green.
How To Play Hole 3
Take a club off the tee which will give you 200 yards and aim straight for the black and white stake and keep away from the out of bounds all along the left hand side. Your second shot is a 150-yard down hill into the green. Higher handicappers might want to lay up as the green is tight and there is no room for error with bushes and out of bounds at the back of the green.
The hole goes down as stroke index 5 on our course. Hole 5 is a 357-yard par four with a very thin fairway and no room for error left all the way down the left hand side of the fairway.
How To Play Hole 5
This hole is all about getting your drive away long and straight. Your second shot should be used to lay up in front of the green or for those more daring golfers you may way to try pushing for the green although it is not advised, due to a long ditch that runs down the left of this hole and also the small trees situated just of the back of the green.
Hole 6 is the most unforgiving hole on the course deserving its rank as stroke index 1. This 97 yard par 3 is not for the faint of hearted with no room for error at the front, left or right of the green. This hole is also known, as the dartboard due to the precision needed to land the green from the tee.
How To Play Hole 6
This hole is all about picking the right club off the tee, you need a club witch will travel the 97 yards to the green and also give you a lot of height. Watch out for the winds on this hole off the tee because any sort of cross wind will put your ball in the lake.
Hole 10 is a 190-yard par 3 with a very tight fairway and out of bounds on the left. This hole has two big oak trees 20 yards in front of the tee, that squeezes your drive meaning this hole has the potential to go very wrong, very early.
How To Play Hole 10
This hole is all about a straight drive, the two big oak trees in front of you and the slight hill will make sure of this. Handy tip watch out for the bunker in the middle of the fairway at 170-yards as it is not visible off the tee. Your second shot should be a small chip on to the green but there is no room for error as the green is situated in a cul-de-sac style arrangement of trees and bushes.
Hole 17 is a 381-yard long thin par 4 that has trees running up both sides of the fairway. At stroke index 2 on the scorecard this hole is a lot harder than it may first appear stood on the tee.
How To Play Hole 17
Off the tee you must make sure your drive is long and straight, the second shot on this hole should be used to lay up giving you the best opportunity to chip close to the hole. Handy tip; the green on this hole looks flat when putting has small bumps and dips making your putting line hard to gauge.
Henry Glynn, Ardencote, August 2016