Old Course Hole By Hole

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
White 348 384 328 353 510 125 387 495 143 3,073 498 249 568 391 202 312 407 486 351 3,464 6,537
Yellow 308 376 315 341 501 115 374 470 143 2,943 479 249 528 365 195 298 376 472 333 3,295 6,238
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 36 5 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 36 72
Red 286 300 305 325 478 107 328 424 121 2,674 385 249 471 299 180 225 312 455 300 2,876 5,550
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 36 5 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 37 73

 

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Hole 1

The key to a successful round is a solid start. Although the first hole is a short par 4, the combination of a two-tiered green and a sloping approach can easily lead to frustration.

1st Old Course.jpgWhite: 348 yards
Yellow: 308 yards
Red: 286 yards
Par: 4

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Hole 2

A blind tee shot always requires a degree of caution particularly in this case when you are made aware that the further you hit your drive the narrower the fairway becomes. Hitting the fairway is essential if you are going to give yourself the ideal lie to make sure your approach carries the sleepered stream to find the green. Clubbing is vital as getting down in two from past the flag is no given as the green slopes noticeably from back to front.

2nd side.jpgWhite: 384 yards
Yellow: 376 yards
Red: 300 yards
Par: 4

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Hole 3

The best position off the tee for your approach is right centre of the fairway. Any where on the left half and your view may be hampered by the hillocks that protect the front of the putting surface.

3rd Old Course.jpgWhite: 328 yards
Yellow: 315 yards
Red: 305 yards
Par: 4

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Hole 4

The silver birch trees on the right of the fairway can prevent a clear line into the green so left half of the fairway is key here. Your clubbing again is important as the vast majority of approaches are from uphill lies. Most players underclub whilst playing to uphill targets however once again with the green sloping from back to front the odds are against getting down in two too often.

4th old course.jpgWhite: 353 yards
Yellow: 341 yards
Red: 325 yards
Par: 4 

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Hole 5

A real risk and reward par 5. The fairway is a must hit if you fancy your chances for going for the green in two. Often the prevailing wind helps down this hole but with a stream filled gully in front of the green not only your distance and clubbing must be spot on but you have little room for error with the stream meandering all the way round the left side of the green.

20140821-_V2C6917 a.jpgWhite: 510 yards
Yellow: 501 yards
Red: 478 yards
Par: 5

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Hole 6

The 6th is a gem. Accuracy is everything, with a stream ready to ensnare the mis-hit or misdirected shot. Safety is not even assured if your ball lands on the upturned saucer-shaped green.

Royal Ashdown 6th IMG_1671 email.jpgWhite: 125 yards
Yellow: 115 yards
Red: 107 yards
Par: 3

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Hole 7

With a lateral ditch hugging the right side of the fairway on this dog leg it is easy to over cook your drive to the left. The bolder you are the shorter the second shot. There are some hillocks that protect the right of the green but once again the slope from back to front means no easy two putt.

7th old course.jpgWhite: 387 yards
Yellow: 374 yards
Red: 328 yards
Par: 4 

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Hole 8

Much like the 5th the challenge to reach the green in two can only seriously be considered if your drive is positioned on the fairway near the cross rough. You are then left with a 200 yard plus shot to a bowl of a green surrounded by hillocks.

8th Old Course - not so large.jpgWhite: 495 yards
Yellow: 470 yards
Red: 424 yards
Par: 5

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Hole 9

An underestimated par 3 that looks innocuous from the tee. Detecting the direction and strength of the breeze at the top of the course is not easy from a sheltered tee. That and a green that slopes from back left to front right adds to its difficulty. A 3 here is always a good score.

9th Old Course.jpgWhite: 143 yards
Yellow: 143 yards
Red: 121 yards
Par: 3 

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Hole 10

The new white tee makes this a hard two shotter but most of the difficulties relate to any approach you may have here. There is a lot of dead ground and you need to commit to your shot to make sure the target is hit. Anything short will run off some 15 –20 yards down the bank.

147755749DC005_Royal_Ashdow.JPGWhite: 498 yards
Yellow: 479 yards
Red: 385 yards
Par: 5

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Hole 11

Your tee shot on the 249 yard par 3 11th hole demands straightness and distance as the hog’s back approach can take the off-centre hit away from the intended target. Enjoy the view from the tee for this point indicates a challenging homeward stretch.

78762381DC006_Royal_Ashdown.JPGWhite: 249 yards
Yellow: 249 yards
Red: 249 yards
Par: 3

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Hole 12

The 12th is the longest hole on the course. Anyone reaching the green in two has had to hit both shots with authority and precision to cover the 568 yards.

12th old course.jpgWhite: 568 yards
Yellow: 528 yards
Red: 471 yards
Par: 5

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Hole 13

The severity of the hill up the 13th fairway means that your well struck drives needs to reach the top of the plateau otherwise you may leave yourself a very demanding long shot from an uphill lie to a two-tiered green. Another case of taking enough club to reach your intended target.

Ashdownaerial00_10 reduced.jpgWhite: 391 yards
Yellow: 365 yards
Red: 299 yards
Par: 4

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Hole 14

This undulating Par 3 green sits below the tee and often plays shorter than its 195 yards. Although you must be mindful that a daunting batch of heather must be carried before the putting surface.

14th old course.jpgWhite: 202 yards
Yellow: 195 yards
Red: 180 yards
Par: 3

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Hole 15

A front pin position on this short Par 4 adds to its degree of difficulty. The two-tiered green higher this time at the front often means your approach ends up at the back section of the green. No easy two putt.

Ashdownaerial00_20.JPGWhite: 312 yards
Yellow: 298 yards
Red: 225 yards
Par: 4 

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Hole 16

This attractive par 4 is deceptively long and requires two well hit shots to make the green. The heather covered pimples that guard the front of the green often encourage the player to feel that the target is closer than it actually is and hides around 5 or 6 yards of extra carry before the green itself.

16th old course.jpgWhite: 407 yards
Yellow: 376 yards
Red: 312 yards
Par: 4

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Hole 17

Concentration needs to be maintained, particularly over the closing holes, with perhaps the second shot to the 17th hole being crucial to a successful finish to your round.

17th Old Course2.JPGWhite: 486 yards
Yellow: 472 yards
Par: 4

Red: 455 yards
Par: 5

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Hole 18

From an elevated tee your first priority is to avoid the heather covered pit that shares the first and eighteenth fairways. Once negotiated your second shot invariably is from an uphill lie that requires good club judgement. The last 5 holes are wonderful matchplay holes where nothing can ever be taken for granted.  

18th Old Course2.JPGWhite: 351 yards
Yellow: 333 yards
Red: 300 yards
Par: 4

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