HOLE BY HOLE TOUR

The Church Course

Our Church Course opened in 1975 and has matured well over the years. We have many different tree species and lovely views over the neighbouring countryside. The 13th is our signature hole and was, for many years, the longest hole in Europe at 621 yards.

The Church Course – Chequers

This is a tough opener with trees both sides of the fairway so an accurate drive is required. The approach is made slightly easier in that a ball landing short chasing onto the green.

The Church Course – Sam’s Lot

A drive down the left gives the easiest shot to the green. However take note of the yardage and select the right club from the tee as it is easy to run through the fairway.

The Church Course Reddings

For most this will be a mid to long iron from the tee to hit the left half of the fairway. Be careful to avoid the ditch and overhanging trees and this will leave a short approach to the green.

The Church Course – Hanging Field

A good drive is essential here pitching down the right side of the fairway as the ball will move left once it hits the ground. It is still a tricky approach with trees guarding the green on the right.

The Church Course – Oak Ridings

You must make a decision if you are going to carry the tree from the tee or go round the side. The 2nd shot again leaves a choice whether you are going to carry the ditch or lay up. The green is large so the correct yardage for your 3rd is important.

The Church Course – Anstey

A straight forward par 3 but the front bunkers can be deceptive as they are well short of the front of the green.

The Church Course – Pierpoint

For the longer hitters a good drive down the left leaves a mid iron approach. For others a drive between the 2 fairway bunkers is the route but leaving a long approach.

The Church Course – Otterspool

This is a strong par 3 usually playing into the wind. There is water to negotiate short of the green so a longer club is the safest option.

The Church Course – Berry Grove

A long but straight forward hole. The 2nd shot is the key so that you do not go too far and catch the ditch short of the green.

The Church Course – Westbourne

A tough par 4 where a good straight drive is a must. It will still leave long approach to a very big green so attention to the flag placement for the correct yardage is important.

The Church Course – Park Cottage

This is a tough drive and must be played down the right side of the fairway as the ground slopes deceptively right to left. If this is accomplished then it is a straight forward approach shot to a generous green.

The Church Course – Larches

A good Par 3 which has bunkers short of the green so do not let these affect your choice of club from the tee.

The Church Course – Water Meadows

The toughest hole on the course. It requires a drive down the right side (longer hitters maybe able to carry the smaller tree on the left side of the copse) to keep the ball from running into the rough on the left. The 2nd shot needs to be straight down the middle but not too far or you could be blocked out by the trees short of the green. An approach leaving the ball below the flag is an advantage on this heavily slopping green.

The Church Course – Abbey View

The shortest par 3 to a well bunkered green. Club selection must take into consideration that the hole plays uphill.

The Church Course – Whalehale

You must choose from the tee which side of the tree you want to hit it. The right side is the best line but any shots drifting to the right will find the Pond. If a good drive has been achieved then a relatively easy approach awaits.

The Church Course – Thellusson

Longer hitters will usually hit a 3/4 from the tee leaving a short approach. It is a great match play hole as the longer hitters with a very accurate driver can reach the green. For shorter hitters a fairway wood to the right half of the fairway leaves a short approach.

The Church Course – Anchor Pond

A very tough hole. The bunker left and the tree right covering part of the green make an extremely accurate shot necessary on this long Par3.

The Church Course – Church View

This is a gentle finishing hole but does require a drive favouring the left side of the fairway. The approach needs little care not to let ball drift to the right as a pond collects those shots.

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