A short opening par 4 to the second nine, utilising the first half of the old 1st fairway. A layup tee shot played to just short of the fairway bunker on the right would be perfect, leaving players a wedge shot into the new green. The safe play would be to go for the left hand portion of the green, avoiding the bunker protecting the right half of the green. The green has a couple of gentle slopes, but in general has a left and right side, which could still be negotiated with a good two put should you end up on the wrong half of the green.
Longer hitters wanting to take the green on from the tee – look out for the bunker short left, which could come into play for tee shots avoiding the trees and fairway bunker on the right.
A few paces off the 10th green players will find a series of tees already in place for the new short 11th hole. The different tees allows one to play the hole from different angles and distances, which could have a big effect on how the hole will play – especially of the wind is blowing. The new green will be a touch lower than the current raised green, allowing one to shape and tie the green in better with its surrounds, making the hole more playable and maintenance friendly. A couple of bunkers on either side of the green, with some swales and mounds around the green will ensure some interesting pin placements, with the different angles bringing the different bunkers or contours into play more with different pin placements. Three will always be a good score.
A completely new hole – a medium length par 5 playing along the railway line. The fairway is shaped between high mounds on both the left and right hand side, which should funnel most balls back to the centre of the fairway, making it a forgiving and fun driving hole. Longer hitters should watch out for the fairway bunker on the right hand side, around the driving area, and a couple on the left, requiring the better player to play an accurate tee shot. The ideal tee shot is just short of the left hand bunkers, providing players with an open view to the green. If your tee shot ends up in trouble – beware of the stream/channel running across the fairway. An approach shot to the green is played in between mounding on both the left and right side, and the fairway gets narrower the closer you get to the green. Mounding with bunkers on both the left and right side protect the narrow entrance to this very long and narrow green. Ensure you have the correct club for your approach, as one could easily end up with a 30m putt if you are on the opposite side of the green as the pin.
A new hole playing back across the same stream as the previous hole, as well as the old 11th green, into a generous fairway. A large mound (still to come) juts into the right side of the fairway at around 260m off the back tee, leaving a semi-blind shot to the green, while the left side will give players a clear view of the green and the flag. This green is set at the foot of some serious mounding, with a bunker protecting the right side of a very gentle green.
A new par 5 which plays into the old storm water pond along the R102. Into the wind, it would play as a three-shot hole for most golfers. The tee shot will be defined by some large mounds on the left and right side, with the round bunker in the distance, just right of the green, being a good line off the tee. A good tee shot would finish just short of the “Geel sloot”, which runs across the fairway around 300m off the tee. From the fairway, most players would need to play an accurate second shot, into the prevailing wind, to an area defined by a large bunker on the left, and some smaller bunkers on the right – stay right of the first bunker to avoid ending up in the wetland area which runs along the left side of the hole. Players going for the green in two would need to thread their approach shot between some green side bunkers protecting the left and right of the green, but the swale behind the green provides a good bail out area for any shot that is a touch too long. Players approaching the green with their third would need to play an accurate shot into a narrow green.
A short hole played across a wetland area, to a raised green. Again a number of tees offer different distances and angles into the green, with the single bunker short left of the green defining your target. A safe shot is towards the right side of the green, where some mounding should aid most balls slightly off line. Any shots to the left half of the green needs to fly the bunker, and land softly, to not roll off the back or left side of the green to the grass areas well below the green. The green also has some soft undulations, and a tee shot below the hole is usually a good shot.
A short par 4 which could be reachable for some players if the wind is at their backs. The tee shot is played from two sets of tees, one below the current irrigation dam wall, the other from the top of the dam wall, using part of the old 17th fairway. Players can play their tee shot to the fairway which is split by a series of mounds, running diagonally across the hole, from the right to the left, building up to a 6m peak back left of the green. A good tee shot would be a hybrid or long iron to the right half of the fairway, providing players with a clear view of the long narrow green. Tee shots to the left half would leaf players with a semi blind shot over some mounding short left of the green. For the players wanting to take on the green from the tee, he needs to fly this series of mounds running across the fairway, while avoiding a deep bunker short right of the green. The green also has some soft level changes, being sure to add to the drama. A definite birdie chance for any player playing the hole smartly.
Also a short par 4, which could be reachable if the wind turns, but playing into the prevailing wind on most days. Best to determine your strategy on the tee, and either play short of the fairway bunker around 40m short of the green, or take on the bunker and mounding with the hope of setting up a potential eagle putt if you get your tee shot on the green. The left half of the green offers a good chance to run a ball up onto the putting surface, with the right hand side having more mounding and slopes, which could aid or deflect a ball away from the green. Players playing short of the fairway bunker can use the mound behind the green as backstop for their approach shot, spinning it back towards the hole, but beware the drop-off back right, or green side bunker short left. Also a birdie chance, before the tough finishing hole.
The existing 2nd hole, but played from a different angle, more across the water, to a green on the water’s edge. The old pump station will be removed, providing room for a fun club tee on the water. Avoid the mounding and bunkering along the left side of the hole, to set up a short approach shot to this tight green. Laying up with a shorter club might be wise, as the fairway gets narrower the further your tee shot goes, and the water coming more into play as well. From the fairway players would need to play an accurate wedge or short iron to a green which gets tighter, and brings the water more into play, the further right you go on the green.
Again, players play the old 3rd hole, but now as a short par 5, form a tee around 50m back of the old tee. The new tee shot is played more to the right, closer to the tree line, avoiding the soft mounding and bunkering on the left of the landing area. A good tee shot will leave players with a medium or long iron into the green, which is protected by bunkers on the left and right. Be careful of the drop off back left of the green, and bunker right, of this very inviting green. A definite birdie change for better players who can hit it straight.