Hole 14 - 167 Yards - Par 3
Hole 14 runs northwards. It also runs significantly uphill and so plays longer than its length. The green is set into the face of Birkin Hill and is most attractively framed by the slopes behind it topped by a single tree. The tee is sheltered, but the green is exposed to the prevailing wind from the left. The nearer portion of the elevated green is on a narrow spur and is guarded by a large, almost hidden bunker to the front, one at the front left (also hidden) built into the bank side, and two more at the right, similarly constructed, though higher up and visible from the tee. The front left bunker is especially difficult to recover from. It is very low down and the ground just beyond it is in any case the shape of a mound. The green from this direction is quite narrow. The further end of the green is cut back in the hillside and there is a potentially very difficult pin position back right on a small spur. There is thick rough on the mound to the rear of the green. Anything to the right or long to the left will fall away down the hill, often into the bunker. The green is slightly stepped and slopes down to the front. This hole has always been considered to be one of the best on the course. It is a delightful short hole and a successful tee shot, especially with a strong wind from the left, is a source of great satisfaction.
Kind thanks to John Beaumont for allowing use of his course description
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