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The Course

Plan ahead for your visit to Hollinwell and make the most of your round with our course map. For a more detailed visual of the 18 holes, click on the hole number below. You can also read the helpful tips from our resident professional Mike Bradley.

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The Course – Hole 1

Low Handicap Strategy

A gentle opening hole to break the golfer in although generally playing into the prevailing wind. A risk reward drive option; a driver thread between two fairway bunkers will leave a mid-short iron pitch. A fairway wood or long iron will leave a longer approach but take the fairway bunkers out of play. The second plays a little shorter as downhill.

High Handicap Strategy

If you have to lay up with your second, be aware of a ‘hidden’ fairway bunker 60 yards short of the green. If running your shot onto the green, you must favour the right hand side with the green sloping from right to left.

The Course – Hole 2

Low Handicap Strategy

The first of a number of very strong par 4’s. Uphill all the way and plays longer than the yardage suggests. The perfect drive is a draw past the fairway bunkers on the left. The tighter you are, the shorter the second shot. Once again, a fairway wood provides a safer option off the tee but will leave a longer second shot. The green is tucked away round the corner and will only be in a view from the fairway. The uphill second shot plays a little longer.

High Handicap Strategy

A possible three shot strategy is best here. A drive onto the wide fairway followed by a challenging lay-up shot into a bottleneck fairway will open up a pitch onto the green. When laying up beware the cross bunkers short of the green. Going in these present that most awkward challenge, a long bunker shot. If running your shot onto the green, the ball will feed in from the left avoiding the large greenside trap.

The Course – Hole 3

Low Handicap Strategy

A great looking downhill par five back to the clubhouse. A well struck drive over the hill will allow the bigger hitters to reach the green in two. Favour the left side from the tee as the fairway slopes from left to right. A longer shot into the green will need to be fed in avoiding the cross bunkers just short of the green. Two good shots here to offer an early birdie opportunity.

High Handicap Strategy

A drive will finish short of the fairway bunker allowing a full view down the hole. Avoid the fairway bunkers with your second shot to leave a short iron/pitch into the green. The ball will run downhill and plays considerably shorter so factor this in when calculating your shot.

The Course – Hole 4

Low Handicap Strategy

Stroke index one, a strong, long par four. A driver needs to be threaded through the two fairway bunkers to leave a medium to long iron to the green. Favour the right hand bunker as this can be carried in normal play conditions. The second plays a little longer.

High Handicap Strategy

Again a three shot strategy may be the best option here to avoid a high number. A drive short of the fairway bunkers followed by a lay-up over the cross bunker 100 yards short of the green will leave a pitch to the green and the chance of a par with a one putt.

The Course – Hole 5

Low Handicap Strategy

The first par 3 requiring an accurate mid iron to a green surrounded by 4 bunkers.

High Handicap Strategy

The key to this hole is to take enough club to carry the large bunkers just short of the green – then it is a case of hitting a shot!

The Course – Hole 6

Low Handicap Strategy

Generally playing downwind, this par five is reachable in two if a drive can be threaded down the narrow fairway just to the left of the two fairway bunkers. The second shot in also requires accuracy as many bunkers await an errant shot.

High Handicap Strategy

A sound three shot strategy will afford the chance of a par. A drive to the wider fairway short of the bunkers, followed by a lay-up short of the next fairway bunker will leave a mid-iron to the green.

The Course – Hole 7

Low Handicap Strategy

A long iron/fairway wood can go as far as a driver here as the ball will tend to land on the down slope and then run forward. This leaves a mid to short iron pitch. Avoid the bunkers protecting the left of the green and a birdie opportunity awaits.

High Handicap Strategy

With no bunkers off the tee, the first key is to carry the heather. With your second stay to the right as the ball will feed in from this side and avoids large fairway bunkers 60 yards short of the green.

The Course – Hole 8

Low Handicap Strategy

A long iron/fairway wood is the key on this right hand dogleg. This will leave a short iron to a slightly elevated green. A well placed tee shot will lead to another birdie chance.

High Handicap Strategy

Once you have found the fairway, favour the left hand side with your second to the green. As long as you can avoid the large bunker short of the green on the left your ball will feed onto the putting surface.

The Course – Hole 9

Low Handicap Strategy

The second par 3 requiring a mid-iron to the green.

High Handicap Strategy

Like the fifth, take enough club to carry the cavernous front bunker.

The Course – Hole 10

Low Handicap Strategy

A difficult semi blind driving hole that requires positioning rather than length with a long iron/fairway wood. This will leave a short iron to the elevated green. A Long green so take note of the flag position.

High Handicap Strategy

Another long carry over rough aimed to avoid a set of bunkers on the left hand edge of the fairway. Take enough club with your next to avoid all the front bunkers.

The Course – Hole 11

Low Handicap Strategy

A hole that demands precision from tee to green and a good strategy. A driver will take you past the narrow bottleneck of a fairway and leave a short iron to the green – but still demands great accuracy. A long iron/fairway wood may be the safe option but then demands a longer shot into a small target. The uphill second to the top of the valley always plays longer.

High Handicap Strategy

A hole that can strike fear into many golfers but played sensibly will avoid a big score. A three shot strategy may be the best option driving into the wider fairway, followed by a mid-iron to the next section of wider fairway short of the pot bunker and a pitch up to the green. Try to avoid getting past the pin – otherwise a fast downhill putt is ahead of you!

The Course – Hole 12

Low Handicap Strategy

A strong long par 4. A driver will probably leave your ball in a small valley and play from light rough with a blind second shot. However it only leaves a mid-iron. A long iron/fairway wood will keep you on the fairway but leaves another long iron/fairway wood to the green.

High Handicap Strategy

Again a three shot strategy is the preferred option. A drive onto the large fairway followed by a fairway wood kept to the right hand side avoids all the trouble. If running your ball in favour the right as the ball feeds in from this side.

The Course – Hole 13

Low Handicap Strategy

The final par three and definitely the best has been saved to last. The hole is there in front of your, downhill all the way. Generally playing into the wind, the key is to select the right club and all will be fine.

High Handicap Strategy

This hole requires accuracy as well as the challenge of length. Take more club than you may think as the worst trouble is at the front of the green – good luck!

The Course – Hole 14

Low Handicap Strategy

Another lovely hole on the eye from an elevated tee. A shaped left to right drive will avoid one large bunker on the right edge of the fairway to leave a mid to short iron to an elevated green.

High Handicap Strategy

Favour the left hand side here. This may leave a longer second but avoids most of the trouble. Take enough club with your shot to the green as it plays a little longer than the yardage.

The Course – Hole 15

Low Handicap Strategy

An imposing hole from tee to green. A drive kept to the right of the left hand fairway bunker may feed down to the lower level to leave a short iron approach. From the top fairway level a mid to long iron will be required. The green nestles in the hillside and simply requires extreme accuracy. There is no bale out here.

High Handicap Strategy

Warning!! This hole has ruined many a card. Avoid the bunkers on the right hand side from the tee, then lay-up short of where the fairway bottlenecks in the valley and then pitch to the green. Five is a great score here. Take enough club to the elevated green and, once again, try not to go past the pin.

The Course – Hole 16

Low Handicap Strategy

A beautiful short par four requiring a long iron/fairway wood followed by a pitch to a small elevated green. Longer hitters may fire a driver to go in the large front greenside bunker and take their chances from there. A real risk reward hole.

High Handicap Strategy

A tee shot aimed towards the hut is ideal. Make sure you take enough club to carry the cavernous greenside bunker – but try to avoid going past the pin otherwise a treacherous putt awaits.

The Course – Hole 17

Low Handicap Strategy

The final par 5 and reachable in two in normal conditions. They key is to avoid the fairway bunkers from the tee to leave a long iron/fairway wood to the green.

High Handicap Strategy

A sensible strategy and par is there for the taking. Avoid the first bunker; lay up to a wide fairway and then a mid to short iron into the green. Sounds simple!

The Course – Hole 18

Low Handicap Strategy

A great last hole. Avoid the right hand fairway bunker to leave a mid to long iron into the green. Take enough club to reach this elevated green favouring the right hand side to avoid a large bunker.

High Handicap Strategy

Playing back towards the imposing clubhouse in the distance, the hole sweeps downhill to the green, take time reflect on your round knowing that a bogey finish is perfectly acceptable.

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The Course – Hole 1

Low Handicap Strategy

A gentle opening hole to break the golfer in although generally playing into the prevailing wind. A risk reward drive option; a driver thread between two fairway bunkers will leave a mid-short iron pitch. A fairway wood or long iron will leave a longer approach but take the fairway bunkers out of play. The second plays a little shorter as downhill.

High Handicap Strategy

If you have to lay up with your second, be aware of a ‘hidden’ fairway bunker 60 yards short of the green. If running your shot onto the green, you must favour the right hand side with the green sloping from right to left.

The Course – Hole 2

Low Handicap Strategy

The first of a number of very strong par 4’s. Uphill all the way and plays longer than the yardage suggests. The perfect drive is a draw past the fairway bunkers on the left. The tighter you are, the shorter the second shot. Once again, a fairway wood provides a safer option off the tee but will leave a longer second shot. The green is tucked away round the corner and will only be in a view from the fairway. The uphill second shot plays a little longer.

High Handicap Strategy

A possible three shot strategy is best here. A drive onto the wide fairway followed by a challenging lay-up shot into a bottleneck fairway will open up a pitch onto the green. When laying up beware the cross bunkers short of the green. Going in these present that most awkward challenge, a long bunker shot. If running your shot onto the green, the ball will feed in from the left avoiding the large greenside trap.

The Course – Hole 3

Low Handicap Strategy

A great looking downhill par five back to the clubhouse. A well struck drive over the hill will allow the bigger hitters to reach the green in two. Favour the left side from the tee as the fairway slopes from left to right. A longer shot into the green will need to be fed in avoiding the cross bunkers just short of the green. Two good shots here to offer an early birdie opportunity.

High Handicap Strategy

A drive will finish short of the fairway bunker allowing a full view down the hole. Avoid the fairway bunkers with your second shot to leave a short iron/pitch into the green. The ball will run downhill and plays considerably shorter so factor this in when calculating your shot.

The Course – Hole 4

Low Handicap Strategy

Stroke index one, a strong, long par four. A driver needs to be threaded through the two fairway bunkers to leave a medium to long iron to the green. Favour the right hand bunker as this can be carried in normal play conditions. The second plays a little longer.

High Handicap Strategy

Again a three shot strategy may be the best option here to avoid a high number. A drive short of the fairway bunkers followed by a lay-up over the cross bunker 100 yards short of the green will leave a pitch to the green and the chance of a par with a one putt.

The Course – Hole 5

Low Handicap Strategy

The first par 3 requiring an accurate mid iron to a green surrounded by 4 bunkers.

High Handicap Strategy

The key to this hole is to take enough club to carry the large bunkers just short of the green – then it is a case of hitting a shot!

The Course – Hole 6

Low Handicap Strategy

Generally playing downwind, this par five is reachable in two if a drive can be threaded down the narrow fairway just to the left of the two fairway bunkers. The second shot in also requires accuracy as many bunkers await an errant shot.

High Handicap Strategy

A sound three shot strategy will afford the chance of a par. A drive to the wider fairway short of the bunkers, followed by a lay-up short of the next fairway bunker will leave a mid-iron to the green.

The Course – Hole 7

Low Handicap Strategy

A long iron/fairway wood can go as far as a driver here as the ball will tend to land on the down slope and then run forward. This leaves a mid to short iron pitch. Avoid the bunkers protecting the left of the green and a birdie opportunity awaits.

High Handicap Strategy

With no bunkers off the tee, the first key is to carry the heather. With your second stay to the right as the ball will feed in from this side and avoids large fairway bunkers 60 yards short of the green.

The Course – Hole 8

Low Handicap Strategy

A long iron/fairway wood is the key on this right hand dogleg. This will leave a short iron to a slightly elevated green. A well placed tee shot will lead to another birdie chance.

High Handicap Strategy

Once you have found the fairway, favour the left hand side with your second to the green. As long as you can avoid the large bunker short of the green on the left your ball will feed onto the putting surface.

The Course – Hole 9

Low Handicap Strategy

The second par 3 requiring a mid-iron to the green.

High Handicap Strategy

Like the fifth, take enough club to carry the cavernous front bunker.

The Course – Hole 10

Low Handicap Strategy

A difficult semi blind driving hole that requires positioning rather than length with a long iron/fairway wood. This will leave a short iron to the elevated green. A Long green so take note of the flag position.

High Handicap Strategy

Another long carry over rough aimed to avoid a set of bunkers on the left hand edge of the fairway. Take enough club with your next to avoid all the front bunkers.

The Course – Hole 11

Low Handicap Strategy

A hole that demands precision from tee to green and a good strategy. A driver will take you past the narrow bottleneck of a fairway and leave a short iron to the green – but still demands great accuracy. A long iron/fairway wood may be the safe option but then demands a longer shot into a small target. The uphill second to the top of the valley always plays longer.

High Handicap Strategy

A hole that can strike fear into many golfers but played sensibly will avoid a big score. A three shot strategy may be the best option driving into the wider fairway, followed by a mid-iron to the next section of wider fairway short of the pot bunker and a pitch up to the green. Try to avoid getting past the pin – otherwise a fast downhill putt is ahead of you!

The Course – Hole 12

Low Handicap Strategy

A strong long par 4. A driver will probably leave your ball in a small valley and play from light rough with a blind second shot. However it only leaves a mid-iron. A long iron/fairway wood will keep you on the fairway but leaves another long iron/fairway wood to the green.

High Handicap Strategy

Again a three shot strategy is the preferred option. A drive onto the large fairway followed by a fairway wood kept to the right hand side avoids all the trouble. If running your ball in favour the right as the ball feeds in from this side.

The Course – Hole 13

Low Handicap Strategy

The final par three and definitely the best has been saved to last. The hole is there in front of your, downhill all the way. Generally playing into the wind, the key is to select the right club and all will be fine.

High Handicap Strategy

This hole requires accuracy as well as the challenge of length. Take more club than you may think as the worst trouble is at the front of the green – good luck!

The Course – Hole 14

Low Handicap Strategy

Another lovely hole on the eye from an elevated tee. A shaped left to right drive will avoid one large bunker on the right edge of the fairway to leave a mid to short iron to an elevated green.

High Handicap Strategy

Favour the left hand side here. This may leave a longer second but avoids most of the trouble. Take enough club with your shot to the green as it plays a little longer than the yardage.

The Course – Hole 15

Low Handicap Strategy

An imposing hole from tee to green. A drive kept to the right of the left hand fairway bunker may feed down to the lower level to leave a short iron approach. From the top fairway level a mid to long iron will be required. The green nestles in the hillside and simply requires extreme accuracy. There is no bale out here.

High Handicap Strategy

Warning!! This hole has ruined many a card. Avoid the bunkers on the right hand side from the tee, then lay-up short of where the fairway bottlenecks in the valley and then pitch to the green. Five is a great score here. Take enough club to the elevated green and, once again, try not to go past the pin.

The Course – Hole 16

Low Handicap Strategy

A beautiful short par four requiring a long iron/fairway wood followed by a pitch to a small elevated green. Longer hitters may fire a driver to go in the large front greenside bunker and take their chances from there. A real risk reward hole.

High Handicap Strategy

A tee shot aimed towards the hut is ideal. Make sure you take enough club to carry the cavernous greenside bunker – but try to avoid going past the pin otherwise a treacherous putt awaits.

The Course – Hole 17

Low Handicap Strategy

The final par 5 and reachable in two in normal conditions. They key is to avoid the fairway bunkers from the tee to leave a long iron/fairway wood to the green.

High Handicap Strategy

A sensible strategy and par is there for the taking. Avoid the first bunker; lay up to a wide fairway and then a mid to short iron into the green. Sounds simple!

The Course – Hole 18

Low Handicap Strategy

A great last hole. Avoid the right hand fairway bunker to leave a mid to long iron into the green. Take enough club to reach this elevated green favouring the right hand side to avoid a large bunker.

High Handicap Strategy

Playing back towards the imposing clubhouse in the distance, the hole sweeps downhill to the green, take time reflect on your round knowing that a bogey finish is perfectly acceptable.

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