JULY 2017
THE COURSE IS FULLY OPEN WITH NO RESTRICTIONS.
Course Tour
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Hole 1

Hole 1

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 455 4 10
Yellow 429 4 10
Red 369 4 8
Hole Plan

About Hole 1

This is certainly a challenging opening hole made especially demanding against a prevailing south-westerly wind though considerably easier with a following easterly. Whilst the old yellow tee (mainly used in the winter months) provides a straight hit at the hole the main white and yellow tee blocks are set at an angle turning it into a gentle dogleg.

A good drive is essential here to have any chance of reaching the green in two but there is ample space on the right to accommodate a wayward tee shot but anything left can leave the green blocked out by the trees. The cross bunkers remain a feature of the hole but there are three other well sited bunkers to negotiate with the right-hand greenside trap frequently acting as a magnet. The green though is generally flat and putts well and while a par 4 is most satisfying, most are more than content with a 5.

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Hole 2

Hole 2

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 479 5 6
Yellow 462 5 6
Red 447 5 12
Hole Plan

About Hole 2

This is a relatively generous par 5 offering a good chance of an early birdie. The tee shot is crucial and should ideally be placed on the left  avoiding the right side fairway bunker and rough which can be heavy and result in a poor lie. This can put pressure on the second shot where reaching the green is possible but care should be taken as there is little room at the rear of the putting surface. Behind the green there are numerous trees and brambles and an overly long shot into these can make dropping legally no nearer the hole difficult if not impossible.

The green can be especially tricky when the hole is cut on one of the many slopes but a par 5 should be achievable by most reasonable golfers.

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Hole 3

Hole 3

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 160 3 18
Yellow 154 3 18
Red 150 3 16
Hole Plan

About Hole 3

The third hole is the first of five par 3s and can look benign from the tee but into a south-westerly wind makes club selection a challenge. Anything from a low iron or equivalent wood could be necessary or a gentle 7 iron with an easterly wind at the back.  The surrounding trees subtly shelter the hole from the elements and the choice of club requires careful consideration as beyond the green is a water hazard awaiting  the over-zealous strike.

The green is protected by four bunkers, two of which are visible from the tee while two remain hidden alongside the green. A measured straight shot is all that is required but to the right the Cole Stream borders the hole and is out of bounds and the left hand trees hide a ditch running the length of the hole.

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Hole 4

Hole 4

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 353 4 8
Yellow 360 4 8
Red 297 4 6
Hole Plan

About Hole 4

A straight hit from the tee will afford the average player a chance of hitting the green in two, though the three right side fairway bunkers can draw in the drifting ball. The left hand rough will cling to the pulled tee shot and this together with the pampas grass can conspire to add to the difficulty of the approach shot. The pond that crosses the fairway is 280 yards from the back tees and is reachable with a supporting easterly but with the prevailing wind the decision with the shorter tee shot is whether to lay up or look to carry it. 

Three bunkers guard a reasonably large green but it is the pin position that will determine how hard the putting process will be.

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Hole 5

Hole 5

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 315 4 16
Yellow 306 4 16
Red 299 4 14
Hole Plan

About Hole 5

Being the shortest par 4 on the course this hole offers probably the easiest of birdie opportunities where a good strike from the tee should afford an uncomplicated approach into the green. The key to the successful drive is to avoid the central fairway bunker though any second shot should take heed of the deceptive crosswind as the tee area is protected by trees.

There are some intricate slopes and breaks on the green to consider but little recovery room behind for the aggressive approach. A good chance of a par at least.

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Hole 6

Hole 6

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 415 4 2
Yellow 404 4 2
Red 406 5 4
Hole Plan

About Hole 6

This is one of the longer par 4s usually played into a prevailing wind and the safe driving spot to aim for is the right side of the fairway. Waiting to collect the errant drive there is a pond to the left bordered by long rough which makes a long second shot from here almost impossible. The ground also falls away to this area which often leaves the ball above the feet making the approach shot all the harder.

With out of bounds markers on the right denoting the Cole Stream course boundary accuracy is key to the second shot placement. There is little room on the right between the green and out of bounds so centre or left of green are the favoured target areas, though a clever ruse is to chase a running ball up and onto the green in firmer weather.

There are hidden undulations on the green so care is needed in selecting the right line to avoid three-putting. A good testing hole though at any level.

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Hole 7

Hole 7

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 175 3 14
Yellow 159 3 14
Red 110 3 18
Hole Plan

About Hole 7

A contrasting hole here, made difficult for the men being 175 yards from the back tees generally into the wind and onto an elevated green. For the ladies however it is just 110 yards and a relatively straightforward tee shot. Bunkers on the front left and right of the green are to be avoided but frequently claim the drifting drive. It is though quite usual to see the ball roll right or left on landing as the surface contains some interesting nuances and putting back down the sloping green can easily convert a birdie opportunity into a frustrating bogey.

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Hole 8

Hole 8

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 532 5 4
Yellow 475 5 4
Red 462 5 2
Hole Plan

About Hole 8

This hole is the longest of the par 5s with the tee shot placement crucial as there is a dyke bordering the left side of the fairway running into a pond at 280 yards. The other danger is a carefully placed bunker on the right which can snare the wayward shot. The prevailing wind can help here and the bigger hitters do try and make the green in two though holding the ball on the green from that distance can be difficult.

Protecting the green some 60 yards short are two ponds which can easily collect the over-hit running ball so the ideal second stroke should leave a gentle pitch onto a good-sized putting surface hopefully avoiding the two greenside bunkers. The green offers some challenging but exciting putts and a par is on the cards for the steadier player.

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Hole 9

Hole 9

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 364 4 12
Yellow 338 4 12
Red 297 4 9
Hole Plan

About Hole 9

This is the Club’s signature hole with two attractive cross bunkers cut into the side of the slope leading up to the half-way point on the course.

A good drive is required over two cross ditches and often into a coastal breeze leaving a medium iron over the cross bunkers onto a raised green which slopes from back to front. Normally one club extra is a helpful tip to ensure holding the putting surface with bunkers left and right. The green is at the high point on the course exposed to the wind and tends to harden which makes putting downhill a test of nerves but par is a welcome outcome.

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Hole 10

Hole 10

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 477 5 9
Yellow 444 5 9
Red 426 5 10
Hole Plan

About Hole 10

Always a difficult hole to play with the wind blowing left to right from the elevated tee and plenty of out of bounds markers on the right to beckon the faded drive. There are two ponds to deflect the eye 170 yards from the green, one left and one right, as well as two keenly sited fairway bunkers but once past these the approach shot demands careful club selection as the raised green is an upturned saucer so holding the green is the real aim here. It is a large green with many slopes and undulations to concentrate the mind but par is achievable.

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Hole 11

Hole 11

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 395 4 1
Yellow 394 4 1
Red 380 4 1
Hole Plan

About Hole 11

This is the course’s stroke index 1 hole with an elevated teeing area requiring a good strike left of centre thereby avoiding the out of bounds Cole Stream on the right. The prevailing wind makes the second shot a good test of medium and long iron play as once more there is little room for manoeuvre between the green and the out of bounds markers to the right and a pond to the left. There are also pampas grasses planted both right and left which can destroy a good score if brought into play. Once more the chasing iron down the middle can well take these hazards out of contention.

The green is one of the longest on the course so a putt from one end to the other can prove difficult but the surface is good and true and putts well.

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Hole 12

Hole 12

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 177 3 13
Yellow 159 3 13
Red 124 3 17
Hole Plan

About Hole 12

This is a delightful par 3 with the competition tee to the right of the hole offering a tough challenge bordering the boundary road to the beach. Many a stray ball has ended up in or over the road from the tee as players grapple with the right to left crosswind but the hole fascinates with water running the length of the hole on the right and out of bounds left.

There are two bunkers on guard front left and one front right to catch the shorter tee shot and the green has a severe slope falling away from the back to the front. Pin placement can make putting difficult if the hole is at the back of the green as a long uphill stroke needs to be well-judged to secure birdie.

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Hole 13

Hole 13

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 408 4 3
Yellow 372 4 3
Red 345 4 5
Hole Plan

About Hole 13

This is the first real relief hole as the prevailing wind is now helping at last but it still demands accurate club selection into the green. From the tee there are two bunkers on the right to navigate, one behind the other at 200 and 220 yards respectively. Whilst the tiger line is right over the bunkers, the ideal shot is left of the first bunker as the hole dog-legs right at this point leaving a reasonably straightforward second into an elevated green. The green has two bunkers guarding the right side and is long and uphill in design, so an extra club may be necessary to reach the flag when sited at the back of the green.

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Hole 14

Hole 14

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 193 3 17
Yellow 181 3 17
Red 175 3 11
Hole Plan

About Hole 14

This is another good hole. A par 3 measuring 193 yards from the back tee which can on occasions only require a 9 iron with a strong tailwind assisting or as much as a driver into an easterly. Choice of club is again crucial as the contours of the green carry the ball right to left once on the hardened playing surface. The hole is downhill from the tee and the ball can run well in summer but the three well-situated bunkers right and left frequently catch the errant shot.

The green itself is long and undulating and runs uphill over a ridge which then falls away right to left so pace is crucial. Depending where the pin is sited can make for an interesting putting contest.

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Hole 15

Hole 15

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 509 5 7
Yellow 478 5 7
Red 444 5 3
Hole Plan

About Hole 15

The raised tee offers a commanding view of the hole which runs parallel to the Hastings to Eastbourne railway line though the conservative player’s eye will be on the large pond carefully situated on the point where the hole dog-legs left. Consideration must be given to whether the hazard can be carried as the risk and rewards need to be assessed. With these hazards behind, the straight drive with a following wind can run on offering an outside chance of reaching the green in two.

There are fairway cross bunkers some 100 yards short of the raised green which can stifle the aggressive lagged shot but the green itself slopes from right to left and also runs downhill from the back so the ideal shot in should preferably leave an uphill putt. There are severe breaks which need to be considered and pace is again essential here.

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Hole 16

Hole 16

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 164 3 15
Yellow 164 3 15
Red 144 3 15
Hole Plan

About Hole 16

Whilst looking down on the green from the elevated tee this par 3 hole appears to offer little difficulty but club selection should be carefully thought out as there is ample greenside bunker protection left and right and the front cross bunker inevitably captures the under-clubbed shot whilst stopping the short chasing iron from running up onto the green.

The green itself has a slight uphill incline on it but putts well and par beckons most reasonable players here.

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Hole 17

Hole 17

Scorecard


Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 431 4 5
Yellow 424 4 5
Red 383 4 7
Hole Plan

About Hole 17

From the tee the hole dog-legs to the left but the wide sloping fairway can provide the lusty tee shot with a comfortable second into the green but centre to right side is the ideal drive as the ball tends to run away left on the slope.

The nature of the hole has changed over recent years as in former times any good shot right of the green would automatically run left and offer a good putting opportunity but today the ground movement over the years has flattened this area and a straighter second is now required avoiding the left and right guardian bunkers onto a long and narrow green where once more pace and direction are key.

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Hole 18

Hole 18

Scorecard

Tee Yards Par S.I.
White 502 5 11
Yellow 482 5 11
Red 428 5 13
Hole Plan

About Hole 18

This is a delightful finishing hole. A par 5 which downwind offers an excellent chance of birdie. The tee shot is downhill with no immediate hazards coming into play and a well-placed drive can leave a long second shot into the green, but there are five protecting greenside bunkers that can dash birdie hopes into par or bogey.

The green has a leading upward slope so if the pin is further to the back and the slope is overcome, a relatively straight putt is on offer.