The Kiln 1st & 10th
A hole of 332 yards with Strandford Lough providing the out of bounds on the right hand side of the hole. A well positioned tee shot is essential to allow the player to attack the green. The ideal line is directly over the 2 large trees visible from the tee. This will allow the player to play from a flat lie and be in a better position to approach the green. Tee shots favouring the hill on the left side of the hole mean than more care is required on the approach to the green.
The Nook 2nd & 11th
At 166 yards this par 3 yields few birdies. The green, which is divided into 3 levels is partially hidden by a large front bunker. Additional bunkering to the right and a tree lined hedge to the left make it a difficult target. Favour the right hand side of the green with your tee shot where ever the pin is placed and hope for two putts.
Fred Daly’s 3rd & 12th
A hole of 310 yards in length. The fairway descends into a dip and then climbs steeply to the green. One of the few holes on the course where the tee shot is not blind. The hole gets its name from the bed of rushes to be found at the bottom the dip on the right hand side. An accurate tee-shot will leave a medium/short iron to an elevated green. Care must be taken to avoid the single bunker positioned on the left side of the fairway about halfway up the hill approaching the green.
Whinney Bank 4th & 13th
A dangerous hole, particularly in the summer. the green slopes from front to back and an accurate approach is required if you are to hold the green. A slight dogleg from left to right, an accurate tee shot is required to leave the golfer a good angle to approach the green. Finding himself on the wrong side of the fairway will leave the golfer struggling to achieve his par. Very often a par will be considered a good score here.
Dorn Hill 5th & 14th
Out of bounds on the left, a plantation of trees on the right make the tee shot on this hole crucial. The approach must also be treated with caution, anything overhit will go over the back of the green and down the severe slope at the back. A hole requiring a combination of length and accuracy off the tee combined with an accurate approach to a green where the golfer can only see the upper two-thirds of the flag.
Mahee Bay 6th & 15th
The emphasis is on accuracy off the tee, an accurate tee shot is required to provide the golfer with a shot to the green. Anything off line may well find itself out of bounds or stymied behind trees. A recent innovation to the course, this hole is proving to be an excellent test of golf.
Beecher’s Brook 7th & 16th
Because of the terrain this hole plays much longer than its yardage of 448 suggests. Out of bounds to the right and trees to the left add to the difficulty. Longer hitters can skirt the out of bounds to the right with their uphill tee shot. This will leave a further uphill shot from a plateau to a green protected by bunkers to left and right. Mere mortals will have to aim slightly left off the tee between the banks at the top of the first hill. A second positional shot to the base of the second incline will allow a wedge to the green and gain a bogey 5. Don’t worry, it will feel like a par!
Bird Island 8th & 17th
The only par 3 on the course. The green is well protected with bunkers protecting both left and right and the front of the green. For many the beauty of the hole overtakes the game itself. From the tee the views of Strangford Lough are stunning and have formed the basis for many paintings. It is hard to leave the green feeling cheated regardless of the score.
Nendrum 9th & 18th
Nearly back to the clubhouse. Named after the nearby Nendrum Abbey, the ruins of which can be found within a five minute walk from the course. The abbey itself is one of the local attractions which really should not be missed. A tee shot played for the gap in the trees ahead will leave a mid to short iron, over the left hand trees to a well bunkered green. An excellent finishing hole.