One of the toughest opening holes in the county! A slight dogleg to the right, and normally into the prevailing wind. Two well struck shots are required to reach the green.Pro's Tip
Aim your drive towards the oak tree next to the gap to leave a testing shot into a narrow green protected by a large bunker on the right and another short and left of the putting surface.
A short par 4 but with bunkering that makes you think from the tee, and a tricky two-tier green.Pro's Tip
The tee shot needs to be hit between the bunkers on each side of the fairway leaving a second shot to a tricky, sloping two-tier green. When the hole is cut on the lower tier the golfer has to guard against coming up short because the ball can trickle off the green and all the way down a steep slope. A back flag is even more testing because the upper tier is narrow and very difficult to hit.
The shortest par-3 on the course is surrounded by trouble on all sides. A deceptively tricky, picturesque hole.Pro's Tip
The choice of club is essential to avoid the front bunkers which guard the green, and the thick rough behind the putting surface.
The 4th is not a long hole but it is not easy either.Pro's Tip
A well struck tee shot will leave only a short shot into a well-guarded elevated green. However there is out-of-bounds down the left and a line of trees guards the right side of the fairway.
The second par 3 on the course, the 5th is a tough test for any standard of golfer.Pro's Tip
The green is surrounded by sand but is larger than it looks at first sight. The hole plays its yardage and can catch you out if you leave it short. The secret is to take enough club to avoid the front bunkers.
This tricky double dog-leg par-5 requires a well-shaped tee shot to a sloping left to right fairway.Pro's Tip
The big hitters might have the power to reach the green in two but it is a small target and protected by bunkers on both sides. For those laying up, the second shot requires precision to avoid a well-placed fairway bunker and leave a simple third to the small green.
A straight par 4 to a well protected green with the fairway lined by trees on both sides.Pro's Tip
A straight tee shot to a narrowing fairway will leave a medium iron over a fairway bunker and into a long green protected by bunkers at the front on both sides. A putt from the back to the front of the green might well be faster than you think.
This short par-4 is definitely no pushover because the fairway slopes from left to right and is protected by trees on both sides.Pro's Tip
An accurate tee shot, aimed towards the fairway bunker will leave a short iron into a green protected by sand on both sides.
A tricky par 4 off the back tees with a sloping left to right fairway and a protected sloping green.Pro's Tip
The fairway narrows at the landing area and slopes left to right. The second shot has to be hit over a bunker to a green that slopes off on all sides. The hedge that runs down the left of the hole is also a constant threat. You do not want to be long!
The hedge is the only obvious threat on this short par-5 but you also have to guard against hitting right into a line of trees and an uneven lie on the undulating fairway.Pro's Tip
Big hitters can reach in two, while there is more room left off the tee than there appears, and with the fairway favouring a left to right roll the line is at the small copse of trees. This will leave you a perfect line over the left bunker to allow for the slope down towards the green, which is protected by bunkers on the left and at the front right. The putting surface is one of the most undulating on the course and is very quick from the back to the front.
A par 4 that looks simple but can be deceiving.Pro's Tip
The fairway bunker is strategically placed to catch those slightly wayward tee shots. The best line is the left half of the fairway. The approach has to be hit over a bunker to a narrow green that slopes off on three sides. Out-of-bounds lurks to the rear of the raised green.
The short 12th is one of the toughest holes on the course to secure a par.Pro's Tip
The out-of-bounds fence runs down the right-hand side of the fairway and all the way round the back of the green. The run in to the green makes it seem closer than it actually is. It plays the yardage. There are also two well-placed bunkers to contend with if your tee shot is slightly short.
This short par-4 is best described as a classic risk and reward hole with a protected green and a ditch along side the fairway.Pro's Tip
The longer hitters can reach the green if they clear the reservoir and trees that guard the dog-leg, but as often as not anything slightly mis-hit will end up in the water, trees or in one of the bunkers that surround the putting surface. The alternative is to hit a tee shot up the fairway to leave a wedge or short iron towards the flag. Golfers who elect to go for the green from the tee must wait for the bell to sound.
A great and picturesque par-3. This is one of the best short holes in Hertfordshire and would not be out of place on even the best of Championship venues.Pro's Tip
Visually intimidating with a long accurate shot required to carry the dell and reach a well-protected green.
The par-4 15th is one of the trickier holes on the course. An accurate tee shot and second is required if you are to make par.Pro's Tip
The tee shot needs to be hit far enough left to leave an uninterrupted view of the green but avoiding the bunkers to the left of the fairway. A drive that is hit short or right might mean that you have to lay up rather than go for the green in two.
A short par 4 with 2 options to try and make par.Pro's Tip
The big hitters can get close to the green on the 16th but everyone else might elect to hit their tee shot to the bottom of the slope, leaving a blind second to a green protected by sand on three sides. The putting surface slopes from left to right and can be very quick if your ball ends up above the hole.
Regarded by many as the signature hole of the course, this tough 600-yard par-5 is a true three-shotter for almost everyone.Pro's Tip
The fairway slopes from right to left in the landing area and towards the out-of- bounds. The second must miss a prominent fairway bunker to leave a testing approach to a narrow elevated green that falls away to the front and on the left-hand side. There are no greenside bunkers but there is a trap some 30-yards short of the green and 2 ponds on the opposite side of the fairway leaving a narrow landing area.
The 18th is the last of the par 3's and a spectacular finishing hole.Pro's Tip
Requiring a long, intimidating shot to a narrow two-tier green, take a good look at this yardage to avoid the front bunker and be aware of the out-of-bounds behind and to the left of the green. Depending on flag position this hole can be a 3 club variance.