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  • Hole 4 - 280 Yards - Par 4

    The 4th hole also runs south. The tee is elevated. The slope is in the player’s favour and increases through a couple of terraces as the green is approached. A wall on the right, marking the out of bounds boundary of the course, runs the full length of the hole and is quite close in. There are trees adjacent to the wall on the course side the whole way. The first two bunkers, again one on the left and one on the right are no threat at all, but there are three hidden bunkers further on to the left, one of which is next to the green. The tee shot should either be aimed over the right bunker or hit further left with fade. With a good drive, the green is within reach. In any case the second shot is only a short pitch downwards to the large sloping green, but judgment of distance is difficult due to the variable slopes and terraces and the fact that the green slopes down towards the rear. This hole stands as an invitation for players to open their shoulders and drive the green and so have a putt for an eagle, balanced against the real threat posed by the out of bounds to the right. In addition, recovery shots from the two bunkers situated about thirty yards short of the green can be very awkward indeed. So there is an element of strategy and even “risk and reward” involved. Definitely one of Fowler's trademark holes!

    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

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