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1
Hole 1: Braid’s Hollow

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A widening fairway but with strategically placed trees on the right side require accuracy from the start. Wherever your drive finishes, you face out of bounds a few yards from the left of the green and a bunker guarding the right side of the green. The green is probably one of the flattest on the course but still has subtle changes of direction.

Pro’s Tip: Keep your tee shot to the left side of the fairway. If the green is out of range, keep to the left side again.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 361 11
Yellow 4 352 11
Red 4 336 9
Blue 4 246 /
2
Hole 2: Railway

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A true test of accuracy for the tee shot on one of the most demanding holes at Verulam with a bunker on the right of the fairway and out of bounds running the full length of the hole on the left. The green slopes front to back and sits only feet from the out of bounds on the left with a bunker guarding the front right.

Pro’s Tip: Pick a club off the tee which takes the fairway bunker out of play and aim for the left hand side of the fairway. The approach shot to the green should be full and favour the left centre because of undulations short of the green.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 343 7
Yellow 4 323 7
Red 4 312 13
Blue 4 151 /
3
Hole 3: Sopwell View

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Drivable for the bigger hitter but select a line that allows a clear second shot to the severely away-sloping green and avoids the bunkers to the right and left of the fairway. Approach shots will often have to land short and run on. Not an easy two-putt!

Pro’s Tip: Get your drive as close to the green as possible but ensure you leave an uphill birdie putt.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 311 17
Yellow 4 299 17
Red 4 295 17
Blue 4 151 /
4
Hole 4: Matthew’s Walk

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One of the few drives with room on both the left and right of the fairway. Big hitters may need to avoid the in range bunker and trees on the left side of the fairway. Approach shots will be blind until you reach the top of the hill. Trust the marker in the tree, it is well placed but remember there are two bunkers guarding the left and right side of the entrance to the green.

Pro’s Tip: Drive down the left side of the fairway as tight to the bunker as you dare. This opens up a second shot to the centre of the green avoiding two bunkers at the entrance to the green. Don’t forget to ring the bell.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 413 3
Yellow 4 398 3
Red 4 338 1
Blue 4 237 /
5
Hole 5: Bluebell Corner

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A tough left-to-right dog-leg with mature trees guarding the corner. Enough club must be taken off the tee to reach the corner but avoid the fairway bunker on the left of the fairway. Out of bounds down the left side of the fairway with substantial trees on the right makes accuracy off the tee a premium. The green is lowered with a bunker to the right and steep bank at the rear of the green. The green has a tier running subtly through the centre.

Pro’s Tip:A tough par 4 so stay close to the left side of the fairway to ensure a straighter shot to the green. Beware of the bunker that catches a tee shot that is too long and the bunker right side of the green. Check the distance to the green and keep left as ground undulates to the right. Check the line of the putt carefully.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 375 5
Yellow 4 356 5
Red 4 349 5
Blue 4 247 /
6
Hole 6: Abe’s Ace

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A short right-to-left dog-leg with out of bounds on the left running the full length of the hole. The lay of the land will sweep balls towards three fairway bunkers on the right side of the fairway. The green is raised and slopes from back to front, with a bunker to the right and significant mounds guarding the approach from the left. Any shot played past the flag is a tactical mistake on this fasClub selection is vital so try to play your tee shot short of the fairway bunkers in order to leave a short chip shot to the green. Make sure you leave yourself below the hole for a birdie putt.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 322 15
Yellow 4 304 15
Red 4 285 11
Blue 4 161 /
7
Hole 7: The Oak

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A long, demanding uphill hole that will require two long and accurate shots to reach the green in regulation. Higher handicappers will need three shots to find themselves on the putting surface. Beware of the in range bunker to the left hand side of the fairway and treacherous and well-bunkered green. An uphill putt is recommended.

Pro’s Tip:Drive up the left side of the fairway avoiding the fairway bunker to leave a more open shot to the green. It may be a struggle for shorter hitters to reach in two so avoid the bank crossing the fairway to allow a short iron to the green. Watch out for the two greenside bunkers and hollow back left of the green. Once again stay below the hole for an easier putt.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 433 1
Yellow 4 429 1
Red 5 415 7
Blue 4 240 /
8
Hole 8: Trinity

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Club selection is the first problem as the wind direction is difficult to assess but note the trees around the green to assist your decision. The green slopes sharply back to front with two bunkers guarding the right and left side of the green approach with another bunker creating a visual test as it crosses the fairway approach to the green. The green is difficult to hit and does not concede two putts easily.

Pro’s Tip:Select a club to get you past the three guarding bunkers. The ideal green placement is short and right of the pin with invariably an uphill putt. Past the pin leaves a slippery downhill putt that can cause nightmares.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 3 180 9
Yellow 3 172 9
Red 3 121 15
Blue 3 121 /
9
Hole 9: Mayor’s Parlour

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The drive must be straight to right side of the fairway and the second shot requires thought so as to avoid significant trees and the three fairway bunkers. The green is guarded by bunkers right and left with yet another green with severe slopes from the right side of the green to bottom left.

Pro’s Tip:The fairway slopes from right to left so a drive should allow for the slope. If you can reach the green in two the drive should favour the left whilst for shorter hitters lay up to the bunkers and play your approach shot carefully noting the severe slope of the green.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 5 542 13
Yellow 5 525 13
Red 5 458 3
Blue 5 317 /
10
Hole 10: Old Third

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The second demanding par 3 on the course where club selection is complicated by the putting surface not being fully visible from the tee. Out of bounds runs down the full length of the right side and considerable trouble lies in wait if you stray too far left. A bunker waits at the left hand side of the green entrance and the green slopes gently from right to left.

Pro’s Tip:A tough par 3 so forget about pin placement and make sure you hit the green. Trust the yardage on the card and take plenty of club. The ideal line is to the right side of the green and one of the flatter greens once you have found it. Beware of the out of bounds on the right hand side of the hole.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 3 194 8
Yellow 3 183 8
Red 3 143 14
Blue 3 143 /
11
Hole 11: Abbey

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Out of bounds down the right hand side of the hole so beware of the prevailing wind. The best line is the Abbey in the distance but be aware of the three fairway bunkers that await for a drive hit too far left as the fairway slopes this way. Bunkers make the second shot landing area a premium and the approach shot to a green that is well below the top of the hill easier. Be careful of the two bunkers either side of the entrance to the green which slopes a little to the back.

Pro’s Tip:Aim at the Abbey off the tee avoiding fairway bunkers and with a fairly flat green at the bottom of the hill keep your approach to the centre. A blind hole so wait for the bell before you play.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 5 534 14
Yellow 5 527 14
Red 5 497 8
Red 5 347 /
12
Hole 12: Old Nunnery

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A tricky hole with out of bounds well in range down the right hand side of the hole. The landing area is obscured by the hill so you will not see the finish of a well struck shot as the fairway hides some sloping lies. Favour the left centre approach and fairway bunker awaits a poorly struck approach shot a few yards from the green. Two bunkers guard the left hand side of the green approach and a small bunker on the right side. The green slopes away front to back so be prepared for a chip from the back of the green.

Pro’s Tip:Set your tee shot on a line left of the 150 yard marker on the right hand side of the fairway and as the green is fast and runs away from you the high and spinning second shot is the way to get it close or at least an uphill putt.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 338 12
Yellow 4 333 12
Red 4 330 2
Blue 4 215 /
13
Hole 13: Ver Side

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The River Ver is out of bounds on the right of the hole and the practice area also out of bounds on the left makes the tee shot a priority. A cleverly positioned bunker on the left of the fairway will catch many drives and two bunkers at the green entrance make the approach to a long green a priority. The River lies only a yard from the right side of the green and some subtle borrows on the green may fool you.

Pro’s Tip:A tough tee shot with trees on the left and out of bounds on the right. Accuracy is more important than distance off the tee. The safe drive is to the right of centre on the fairway and the safer approach to the long forgiving green is from the left.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 372 10
Yellow 4 352 10
Red 4 344 12
Blue 4 211 /
14
Hole 14: Swannery

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A truly great hole with the lake and the River Ver on the right that will collect any poorly struck shot from the white or yellow tees. A ridge crosses the fairway just 100 yards from the raised green which is protected by two bunkers. The putting surface cannot be seen from the fairway making club selection awkward and it also slopes from back to front with subtle borrows making putts difficult to read.

Pro’s Tip:Aim your drive to the left off the tee and avoid the mound in the fairway that can leave you a tough stance. Be careful as the approach to the green is shielded by two bunkers and you will need an extra club.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 369 6
Yellow 4 358 6
Red 4 308 16
Blue 4 208 /
15
Hole 15: Chasm

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A demanding and intimidating tee shot for many golfers. The bank, the trees, the wind, the carry, all conspire to make the tee shot difficult. You will not see your shot finish once over the bank. The hogs back fairway has out of bounds well left and right with heavy rough close. The green is on two levels undulating from right to left with an additional slope to the bottom left. Mounds, hollows and a large tree guard the left hand side of the green with out of bounds a short distance away.

Pro’s Tip:Aim your drive to right of centre as the fairway slopes right to left Try to leave your approach shot past the flag as few putts are holed from the front of this green.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 369 2
Yellow 4 358 2
Red 4 308 4
Blue 4 208 /
16
Hole 16: Gatehouse

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A short par 4 but a wolf in sheep’s clothing. An off line tee shot will rarely leave a shot to the green. The approach often plays longer than it appears and the green concedes few chip and putt pars. There is the chance for long hitters to go for the green but the risk is high with a narrowing fairway and two bunkers guarding the approach to the green.

Pro’s Tip:A drivable green for the big hitters however an iron may be the wise choice to ensure hitting the fairway. Trust the yardage to the green as you will not see the putting surface.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 4 293 18
Yellow 4 285 18
Red 4 282 10
Blue 4 151 /
17
Hole 17: The Road Hole

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Probably the only hole at Verulam where what you see is what you get. Judging the wind is a major factor here. Ensure you carry the out of bounds hedge but expect no pity from the green as its severe slope from back to front will not give away two putts easily.

Pro’s Tip:Beware of the road. Trust the yardage and a controlled shot over the fence short of the flag will set you up for a birdie. However if you find yourself long it can be perilous.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 3 127 16
Yellow 3 120 16
Red 3 90 18
Blue 3 90 /
18
Hole 18: Ryder’s Finish

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Still a long way from the clubhouse. Three good strikes are required to reach the green in regulation. Out of bounds the full length on the left and cunningly sited bunkers are to be contended with down the full length of the hole. Shots must be positioned carefully to avoid disaster and once the green is reached be carefully of the sloping green from front to back.

Pro’s Tip:Time to open up the shoulders but avoid the bunker on the right of the fairway. An assortment of fairway bunkers follows down the hole so be sensible when setting up your shot. Be careful on the approach to the green and try to be past the flag for the chance of a single putt.

  Par Yards S.I.
White 5 574 4
Yellow 5 565 4
Red 5 498 6
Blue 5 386 /