Hole 10 - 396 Yards - Par 4
Hole 10 is the other major change from Fowler’s provisional plan. He envisaged the tee being to the east of the previous green, and saw this hole as a short par 4 to the present green. However, at some point the tee was moved back and right across the previous fairway so as to create a longer and more demanding par 4 hole, something which was definitely in place by 1935. The present tee shot crosses the 9th fairway and is threatened by gorse and very rough country to the left and left centre. There is a line of trees on the right, plus the out of bounds on another part of the practice ground to the right of that. As stated earlie,r this out of bounds is a very new creation and now stretches the whole length of the hole, whereas previously there was only out of bounds from a point on the right just short of and next to the green, where a hedge marks the boundary of the course with some residential housing. The out of bounds next to the practice ground is not close in, but the out of bounds near the green is and constitutes a significant threat on the second shot. The tee shot is slightly uphill onto a flattish area. The best line is just to the right of the gorse bush, in other words left centre. This leaves a difficult uphill second over a sharp ridge to a very long green. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that the orientation of the shot makes aiming difficult. The green is also guarded by a bunker on the right front and one in a similar position on the left. Dependent upon where the flag is situated, this shot can be either semi-blind or totally blind. This hole is a very demanding par 4.
Kind thanks to John Beaumont for allowing use of his course description
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