Hole 17 - 487 Yards - Par 5
Hole 17 is a sharp dog leg to the right, running basically in an eastward direction, so favoured by the prevailing wind. At the corner of the dogleg and also along most of the right side of the hole are groups of trees In favourable conditions it is possible to carry the trees right at the corner of the dog leg, but it can be a risky tactic. There are also trees all down the left, but they are not close in. The safer line is the far side of the dog leg. The second shot is through a valley onto ground that rises significantly up to the elevated green. There is little run to be gained up the hill. The green is guarded by one bunker front left and another front right. These are both formidable. The green slopes very slightly down to the right. This is a challenging golf hole and the tee shot is perhaps the most demanding on the course. If the corner is cut the ball lands on ground favouring the player and considerable run can be gained. This brings the green in range, but the second shot will have to carry virtually to the green to gain significant advantage. The view to the green is somewhat featureless with nothing much at the back to give focus. Also the orientation of the second shot with trees close in and relatively open ground to the left before the trees impinge makes for difficult aiming of the shot.
Kind thanks to John Beaumont for allowing use of his course description
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