Hole 16 - 420 Yards - Par 4
Hole 16 runs west and into the prevailing wind and once again the tee is elevated. The fairway, which is quite narrow and guarded by groups of trees, lies along a kind of natural shelf and the ground falls away to the left. The ground dips immediately down from the tee, but then rises again to the shelf. If the drive is too short it will lose its momentum when striking the hill and that leaves a very difficult second shot. The bunkering on this hole has been dramatically changed for 2017 with a bunker in the dip to the left encouraging play to the right of the fairway. If the drive is well hit so as to carry on to the top part of the shelf or even over it onto the descending ground, it will run out very well , though this can result in a second shot off awkward terrain with the player’s left foot much lower in the stance than the right one. The second shot is a difficult one uphill past three approach bunkers (two to the right and one on the left) to a large double tiered green which mainly slopes to the left and also has a ridge across the entrance. The front left of the green is protected by two pot bunkers and there are two bunkers protecting the right of the green. The ground to the left rear of the green drops away quite severely. This is a demanding hole. It has an impressive look about it both from the tee and for the second shot. The view towards Birkin Hill and the isolated trees behind the green are most attractive. The second shot tends to look longer than it is in reality.
Kind thanks to John Beaumont for allowing use of his course description
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