Old Course is designed with the fundamental element that accuracy from the tee counts more than length. Course record: Steen Tinning - 68 shots (Tee 63), April 13th, 2011Open Gallery
The bunker on the left is reachable so keep just right of it. But don’t flirt with the right side of this hole either as the trees seems taller than they look. The green has no bunkering and small swales calls for delicate shot making.
Only the very long hitters will hit their tee shot over the bridge on to the right “peninsula”. But even a well struck three wood down the left hand side will leave you with an option to go for the green in two. The creek that snugs right up to the green makes even a very short third shot interesting.
A long tee shot down the left hand side will finish close to the green, but also leave a delicate little pitch shot. The best way to play the hole is to hit a long iron or middle wood to the big landing area right of the left bunker and from there hit a full wedge.
When the prevailing wind is in your back the lake on the left can be carried and the hole considerably shortened. The landing area is not big though, and too much club will send the tee shot through the fairway and into trouble. For most golfers this will be a three shot hole, due to the small lake in front of the green.
Club selection is very important on this one, as anything short will stay that way, and you don’t want to be over the back of that green either.
The tee is reminiscent of the 18th at Augusta National. And like at Augusta you can cut the corner on the right. Not much is won though, as the second – once – you have climbed the hill, is only a wedge to the green. So keep your tee shot on the left lip of the fairway bunker.
There is more room on your left than you can see at first glance. This is your chance to make this long par 4 negotiabl
A very good example of how a short hole still can be very difficult. Distance is everything.
This sharp dog-leg right invites the very long hitters to cut the lake and leave a short to middle iron for a tight little green. The smart play is to hit the tee shot just left of the big bunker in the dogleg and catch the slope that will send the ball way down the fairway without having to cross the water.
Depending on the wind you can take on the bunkers on the right and leave yourself a good angle to the reachable green.
Sheer distance makes this an important hole. Par this one and your score probably looks a lot better all of a sudden. Because it is long, a lot will be tempted to reach for the driver, but the longer you get, the tighter the landing area. Make sure to give yourself a second shot, even if it’s a long one, because the green is generous and so are the green surroundings.
The prevailing wind is in your face and the green is very big so make sure you have enough club.
The tee shot is crucial on this hole. You want to keep close to the bunkers on the left, to give yourself a clear shot to the green. The green is raised and anything short will come back down the slick front side.
The most challenging of all the par threes? It has distance but also a large green. Don’t be short.
A classic dog-leg left. You have to decide how much you can chew off on your left. The fairway is big and generous so plenty of room before run out and you can even bail out slightly to the right. The green is double tiered and the art is to land your approach on the right plateau. Don’t overshoot the green though.
Another beautiful and – to many players – intimidating par 3. The secret here is to not under-club, as the shape of the green will help shots a little too long. But there are no help for shots failing to reach dry land.
Though its distance invites you to try and reach in two, my advice is to play it as a three shot hole. Long iron or three wood just left of the bunker. But keep it close to the bunker, or the trees on your left will block your next shot. For your second you will have to decide whether you can carry the fairway bunker in the middle of the fairway.
This hole calls for decision making right from the start; it is certainly reachable in two, as the prevailing wind is in your back. But it also means that you will be taking on the big lake on the left, and there is no bail out to the right as the lake from the fourth hole comes in to play. If you decided it is a three shot hole, you lay up short of the lake on the left. Hit your second still right of the lake and you are left with a fairly simple third shot to the generous green.