Hole 7 - 444 Yards - Par 4
The 7th hole runs east and so is favored by the prevailing wind, although the second half of it is slightly uphill. The hole is a dog leg to the left. Willow Lane, which has to be crossed at some point, is 302 yards out from the tee. Out of bounds is to the right for more than the first half of the hole, but it is not unduly close. On the left are two clumps of tall pine trees. The planting of these trees in the early to mid 1950s changed the whole character of this hole, since they were on the correct line of the tee shot at that time. The fairway before Willow Lane slopes down to the right and runs many drives down into the right rough. The best position after the tee shot is in the middle of the fairway, since to be on the left is to be blocked out from the green on the second shot owing to the trees, but it is not easy to gain this position in view of the slope. The second shot, across Willow Lane to the green, must carry a cross bunker in-front of the green. The ground approaching the green also slopes down to the right, so the approach must favour the left side of the green, which also slopes right. The green, which is quite tricky, is guarded by a bunker on the left and two on the right. This is a long and difficult par four, and another “no-nonsense” hole.
Kind thanks to John Beaumont for allowing use of his course description
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