A solid opening hole. Aim the tee shot to the right of the fairway to allow for the right-to-left slope of the fairway. Too far right however and your approach will be blocked by a clump of trees. Beware of the large bunker in front of a green with a substantial slope from back to front.
A shortish Par 5 with a dogleg to the right which the longer hitters can have a crack at in two. Mere mortals should make sure of a straight drive, and place their second to the left side of the fairway opening the green up for the third. Bunkers flank the front left and right of the green, which has a slight ridge running across the centre
Those who tend to move the ball left should leave the Driver in the bag here, with water running two-thirds of the way down the left hand side of the hole. New players to the course should beware of the bunker short-right of the green – virtually invisible from the fairway. A long skinny green with slight undulations makes for a tough Par 4 overall.
No relief from the water as it runs all down the left side of the dogleg left Par 4. A tee shot to the right corner of the dogleg will open up the green for the second. The green is protected by 2 bunkers – one left and one right – and is 2-tiered which makes putting very interesting, especially when you end up on the wrong tier. Many a 3-putt have been seen on this green.
The first Par 3 of the golf course which is deceptively difficult. The bunker short left will pick up any poor shots aiming at a front pin placement, and the right side bunker comes in to play for those with a left-to-right ball flight. Take good note of the pin placement, as the green is very long and can play up to a 3 club difference from front to back. The putting surface has a number of tricky undulations, making Par no certainty
The sixth is a short Par 4 dogleg left but one which requires Robin Hood accuracy off the tee. A fairway wood or long iron down the right half of the fairway will set-up the approach. Anything in the left side of the fairway is blocked by trees at the corner of the dogleg, and anything further left than that will make you feel as though you're in Sherwood Forest. Club selection is crucial on the approach to this severely tiered green, which runs quickly from back to front.
The longest hole on the golf course from the back plates, the seventh is a true test. A long drive up the hill is required, followed by a second aimed at the right side of the fairway which will open up for an approach to the green. Anything left on the second is disastrous. A tough approach shot back down the hill and over bunkers to the green which is long and undulating. A very good golf hole.
With trees running up the left hand side, the right hand bunker is likely to catch those with left-to-right ball flight. The ideal play is to draw the ball over the bunker into the heart of this extremely tough green. With 2 tiers and a severe slope from back to front, this green has tormented many golfers of all abilities. One piece of advice – try to keep the ball below the hole.
Leave the driver in the bag once again on this short dogleg left Par 4. A lay-up into the heart of the fairway is the ideal play, leaving a short to mid iron shot into a tough green. Anything short will either find one of three pot bunkers guarding the green, or will roll down into the valley well below the level of the green. Once on the green, take care with putting as this green holds many undulations – up, down, left right – you name it.
Time to pull the Driver out on this wide open fairway which feeds from right to left. A lay-up short of the water hazard about 100m from the green is the ideal play, with only the longer hitters taking it on. A large green awaits the approach shot, with 2 bunkers on the right side of the green waiting to pick up any stray shots. Not the most difficult green on the golf course lends its hand to some favourable birdie putts.
The eleventh is an absolute gem. This hole has the ability to give out plenty of birdies, but just the same has the ability to give out some big scores. Big hitters can attempt to drive the ball up the hill and onto the green, however three bunkers loom large to eat up any wayward or miss-hit shots. The ideal play is to lay-up short of the traps, and pitch over them up onto the green. The green is slick from back to front with a tendency to turn to the left.
A visually spectacular Par 4, the twelfth is a favourite of many of Headland's members. With water running along the left side from the 150m mark to the green, safety is definitely the number one priority. With your ball in the fairway, club selection is vital playing into a deceptively long green. Mounds on the right of the green can assist or hinder the approaching ball, depending on your luck. The green is reasonably straight-forward, sloping from back to front.
A wide fairway awaits your tee shot on the thirteenth, however Out Of Bounds all the way up the right hand side of the hole is always in the back of the mind. The hole bends slightly left towards the end, meaning a second shot down the right half of the fairway is ideal to open up the green, which is protected by two bunkers on the right hand side and mounds on the left. The green is slightly undulating with slick speed from back to front.
A relatively straightforward Par 3, the fourteenth is in a sense the calm before the storm of the next three Par 4's. That doesn't mean it should be taken lightly. The elevated tee makes for difficult club selection to a green with a large bunker left and a small pot bunker right. Pin placement is a large factor on a long green that slopes from back to front.
The hardest hole on the course for the men, getting to the green is just a part of the challenge on this long Par 4 (Par 5 for the ladies). The tree-lined fairway leads up the hill to a green with 2 tough bunkers on the left and severe mounding on the right. The green itself is very quick with some serious undulations – all adding up to one difficult golf hole.
A picturesque hole, the sixteenth is another long Par 4. The elevated tee lends itself to some long drives down the hill, before the hole meanders past a waterhole on the right and back up the hill to the green. Any approaches to the right side of the green are likely to slide into one of the two bunkers or down the slope for a tough pitch shot. Another quick green awaits, with 2 putts always a good outcome.
The third of three tough Par 4's in a row, seventeen has been known to bring out some big scores. Hazard all the way along the right hand side keeps the driver in the bag, while an extremely elevated green makes the approach shot very difficult. Two bunkers around the front of the green catch anyone who has under-clubbed up the hill, which leads to the most difficult green on the golf course. Severe slope and lightning speed cap off what is a tough hole.
Eighteen is a fun Par 3 that takes you back to the foot of the clubhouse. Club selection is crucial to ensure that you don't fall short or roll back off the front of the green. Many promising rounds have capitulated at this point. A bunker lingers long and left for those that over-club, while the large green has many tricky undulations despite looking relatively flat. The ideal way to end a fabulous round of golf.
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