Hole 1 – Mallard
The first hole is a dog leg left with a large bunker just off the fairway and out of bounds on the left. The second shot requires a long uphill shot into the green; this makes it difficult for most players to get on the green for two.
Hole 2 – Little Grebe
With out of bounds on the left and tree lined down the right hand side, the second hole demands an accurate tee shot to set you up for a short iron shot into the narrow green.
Hole 3 – Osprey
A long par 5 with a fairway which gets tighter the further you hit makes this hole play a lot longer than on the score card. With a fairway which slopes to the right and two bunkers is a definite hazard to watch out for on the tee shot. However, if you hit over the bunkers, then a ditch is there to catch the long hitters.
The next shot requires positioning in between the two further bunkers to allow a short shot onto a very difficult green with the green sloping towards the reservoir.
Hole 4 – Snipe
Off the back tees this hole plays 231 yards with a small ditch 40 yards short of the green with a noticeable bunker greenside, this makes this hole the hardest par 3 on the course.
Hole 5 – Greenshank
This hole has 2 trees on the right of the fairway which acts like a magnet for the golf ball; however on the left of the fairway there’s a well positioned bunker which comes into play if avoiding the trees, this makes it much harder to hit your second shot into a long 2 tier green.
Hole 6 – Coot
This hole is ranked one of the most difficult on the course; it is a long par 4 with out of bounds on the right hand side and deep rough on the left. The second shot needs to be judged perfectly as the shallow green is well protected.
Hole 7 – Teal
A short par 3 downhill makes this hole easily reachable for all golfers however an accurate shot needs to be hit to make par.
Hole 8 – Shelduck
The 8th hole is a reachable par 5 for the long hitters however if you cannot get up the steep hill with your tee shot then it makes it a definite needs 3 shots to get to the green. There are 2 bunkers short of the green on this hole with trees down both sides.
Hole 9 – Whimbrel
This hole appears to be more of a dogleg left than it actually is. In the Summer take care not to hit your drive too long; too far right and you have a long second shot, too far left and the trees may hinder you. A downhill approach to the green that makes it difficult to judge the distance for the second shot.
Hole 10 – Plover
A well protected green for this par 3 means a vital tee shot is required to avoid the 2 bunkers; a challenging par 3 to start the back 9.
Hole 11 – Cormorant
A long par 5 with a ditch following the hole on the left hand side. The stream in front of the green and a down-hill lie makes the approach particularly tricky.
Hole 12 – Heron
This par 5 requires a tee shot just right of the bunkers to allow a good angle to try to get as close to the green as possible. However, this green is protected by a bunker short right and a pond behind.
Hole 13 – Curlew
A nice short dog leg right with trees down the right-hand side. A drive slightly left opens up the small green protected by three bunkers.
Hole 14 – Sandpiper
Short par 3 with all the trouble in the front of the two-tier green. Landing on the correct tier is vital, otherwise a tricky putt.
Hole 15 – Lapwing
Another difficult par 4 hole that plays longer than it appears. Trees and bushes line the left-hand side and the fairway also slopes to the left with a raised green.
Hole 16 – Moorhen
This long par 3 is the signature hole of the back 9, with a small target green and a lake on the left-hand side and a slope on the right.
Hole 17 – Kittling Hill
Recently re-designed, this hole is now a par 5 that with a tight drive and a 150 yard carry to the fairway. Trees down both sides of the hole makes positioning important and bunkers on either side of the green makes it difficult to hit in two shots.