Hole 15 - 416 Yards - Par 4
Hole 15 runs in an eastward direction and so is favoured by the prevailing wind. A new back tee has recently been built right at the very top of the hill. From this pulpit tee on Birkin Hill, the highest point on the course, the tee shot plunges downhill into a valley which then flattens out. There are groups of trees on both sides. The ones to the left are closer in to the fairway. There is also a large bunker down the right side of the fairway, which threatens the drive. The second shot is over a ditch to a tricky green which slopes down to the right and back towards the player. The green is guarded by a bunker forty yards short and on the left of the fairway, blocking the approach from that side. However, there is a bunker at the front left of the green and a more threatening one front right which eats into the green and can cause problems for an approach from that side. The ground rises up at the back of the green to Greenhouse Hill. However, the ground just before the green does tend to run the ball in from the left.. This hole has a tee shot that is exhilarating to play and may engineer considerable run. Because of the bunker threatening the tee shot and the right greenside bunker’s obstructing effect, the best line is slightly to the left, though the run in from the left tends to counteract this to some extent..
Kind thanks to John Beaumont for allowing use of his course description.
A full account of the article can be seen at the link on the Herbert Fowler page.
Kind thanks to John Beaumont for allowing use of his course description
a full account of the article can be seen at the link on the Herbert Fowler page