Hole 3 - 155 Yards - Par 3
Hole 3 runs south and requires a tee shot across a dip to a green on the crest of Birkin Hill. The green is most difficult to approach, the entry being through a narrow saddle in a ridge running across the front, though the last few yards to the green are slightly downhill. There are two bunkers on each side of the green and towards the front. Depending on the conditions it can be difficult to judge the length, particularly with the prevailing wind that blows from the right. There is a pond, referred in front of the tee and slightly to the right, but this should not cause any real problems. If the tee shot is long a steep bank falls very sharply away to the left and rear of the green. One particular difficulty on this hole is that the greenside bunkers are raised up. Recovery shots over these bunkers can be very difficult to what is a narrow green, though this is dependent, of course, on the flag position. There is one slight change to the green since the 1922 revision and this is that the green itself has been raised slightly since then. However, this hole is a real link with the past and is to be valued for that reason alone. One final point, the present back tee means that the shot is played over part of the second green.
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