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A Par 3 of 162 metres, downhill, requires that the golfer be immediately on target. A natural gully "donga" runs diagonally across the line of the hole and therefore the shot is all carry.
It is a tight driving hole with a narrow target area. The shot into the green needs to be well directed as anything straying left, or long gets punished by a steep gully and difficult rough.
This hole typifies the course. It's a reasonably short par 4 of 310 metres but shot placement needs to be precise. The green is elevated and bowl shaped; approach shots that do not fly to the green can be kicked away by the surrounding slopes and rock features that protect the green. There is no straight putt on this green, so finishing out can also prove a challenge.
An open but demanding driving hole. To the left is a ridge of rock outcrop, which separates holes 3 and 4 and extends the full length of the hole. To the right the driver is forced to carry a steep diagonal terrace that will push your ball further right and leave a difficult approach to the green. Only the very long hitters can open up the green, and even then a good golf shot is required to the plateau green, protected on three sides by rock features and slopes that make scoring difficult unless you are on the putting surface.
A hole where it pays to stay on the top side of the fairway with your drive, to avoid playing your second shot, not being able to see the green. Again the shot into the green is very important. If you miss it, the only good place is short.
A target hole across a donga to the green slightly higher than the tee. Your shot needs to carry all the way to the green or risk running back to the floor of the donga.
A short Par 4, probably the most straightforward hole on the course, as long as you hit it straight from the elevated tee. Out of Bounds behind the green.
A Par 4 with plenty off natural hazards including a deep "Donga" on the left. A rock outcrop in front of the green demands a well judged approach and when you get there the green offers no easy putts.
A lovely elevated tee from which you can see a good part of the course, presents this hole. Do not miss your drive on the left or "ball B" will be required. A good drive will leave a short iron shot into an interesting green.
A short Par 5 for the Men, reachable in two by many golfers. The sloping green with drop offs front, left and back and a high knob between the green and out of bounds fence on the right, most often see discretion overcoming valor. An up and down on this hole is something to be proud of.
A longer par 4 where positioning of the ball off the tee is of prime importance. In the trees on the left is the remains of "Shanahan's Cottage" which has been adopted as the logo of the Club.
A mid range Par 3, with a hill on the left, which tends to deceive distance judgment, out of bounds right to intimidate you. This hole looks straight forward only from green to tee.
A lovely Par 5. The elevated tee presents the complete layout so you can plan your way to the hole. Out of Bounds along the full length of the right hand side only threatens the very wayward, as there is plenty of room for error on the fairway. A shallow green makes your approach shot extra important.
An uphill Par 3 that always plays every bit of its 187 metres. The fairway slopes from the right hand side into a narrow green and drops away on the left side. Always a challenge.
A long Par 4 for the men but a shorter prospect for the ladies. Out of Bounds follows the right side of the fairway and around the back of the green. The wilderness beyond will hide a ball from all but the very determined. Two very good shots are required to reach the green and secure par.
Nickname - Sabrina. A real target Par 3, if you miss the green miss it short otherwise she will get you. Watch the Out of Bounds on the right behind the green.
A good Par 4, which both tests your driving as well as your approach shot skills. Out of Bounds along the right hand side and trees at tee shot length on the left, keeps it all tight.
An hour or so beyond the end of the Macetown road, you might find the remains of the old Homeward Bound Battery.
A superb golf hole. Off the tee the pond to the left comes into play for most golfers, to the right the rocky terrace requires a huge carry to clear them. A deep 'donga' protects the green across the front and when you get to it the subtle slopes present a putting challenge. You must come up with a strategy that suits your ability and "deliver on it" if par is your desire.