This is the Club's most talked about hole but not a "signature" hole, as such, because it was originally designed as a short par four around a marshy area which guarded the green from a long abandoned tee.
The distant green is long and narrow with a severe slope from the back to the front, particularly over the front half, making downhill putts a real test of touch, line and nerve. To its left is a large mound, almost a hill of heather from which recovery to the green is not guaranteed should you find the errant ball. Nor is there much relief to the right, where a series of bunkers will challenge any recovery onto the green.
For the faint hearted, the fairway offers safety to a shorter shot, either straight or more usually to the right. But a mishit or underclub is fatal because a large pond gathers most. Finally, don't top your ball short because the large expanse of heather from tee to pond is particularly unforgiving and rarely yields a ball to anyone brave enough to venture in. If you make a three here, you have not just secured your par; you have survived and achieved much for the round as well.
This hole was rated 96th in the TodaysGolfer Golf World Top 100 GB&I holes 2021 listing.
- Par 3
- Yards 226
- Stroke Index 8