David Leadbette’s Golf Cheats
David Leadbette’s Golf
THE 5 HARDEST HOLES:
1 – Ballybrook – Hole 18 (Par 5) ‘Birchwood Corner’:
This is one of the hardest par five on any of the six courses
so don’t worry if it takes you some time to make par.
The fairway makes a dog-leg so use the far right tee
position to straighten out the angle. Don’t be afraid to
drive over the wood but make sure you tee up on the top
position to gain enough height. Follow this advice and
you should be in a good position far enough down the fairway
to be tempted by the green for your second shot.
If you have anything other than a perfect lie be content
with a short pitch to near the edge of the brook. From a
good or fluffy lie you will be able to use a three wood
to play to the right of the bunkers guarding the green.
Be sure to pitch accurately onto the green because it’s
large and has very difficult contours.
2 – St Augustine – Hole 9 (par 3) ‘Devil’s Green’:
Fourtunately unless you’re a scratch player you’ll be
playing off the front tee which is a good 30 yards
forward and gives you a clearer view of the green.
Make sure you don’t underclub and flirt with the
brook and target the right side of the green because
the steep slopes funnel the ball to the left. Don’t worry
if you end up off the back but try to pitch accurately
otherwise you’ll be three-putting.
3 – Buckland Heath – Hole 16 (par 4) ‘Devil’s Putt’:
The fast sloping left-to-right green dictates the strategy
for this hole. Target the right-hand edge of the fairway
beyond the bunker so that you’re able to play onto the green.
Aim directly at the flag and use a slightly under-powered
pitching wedge – you should end up pinhigh but slightly
beneath the cip for an easy birdie putt.
4 – Fenham Valley – Hole 18 (par 5) ‘Jacob’s Lake’:
The big lake looks threatening but keep your cool and
raise your tee and it’s easy to clear. You should pitch
over to the left-hand side of the fairway to give a good
view of the green.
For the brave a three wood over the trees and risking
the bunkers is possible but the green is very small.
Always check the green before your shot to see if the
flag is on the closer tier or the lower back tier. It’s
best to playa long iron short of the bunkers and then
pitch accurately to the pin.
5 – Mountsummer Pont – Hole (par 5) ‘Old Lumpy’:
This is the links course and the fairways tend to be
very bumpy. This fairway kicks balls to the left so
aim for the extreme right hand edge and hit a driver
with some overswing to make good distance.
Hopefully you’re left a second shot >from the centre of
the fairway – if you end up too far to the left then you
have an awful approach over tall trees and a deep pot bunker.
Anywhere on this course you should watch out for sloping
lines which make your stance more awkward and mean you
can’t hit the ball so hard. Always check the power curve
on the swingometer first. Here you’re likely to be on an
upslope so take more club – a three wood perhaps – and
aim for the right-hand edge of the green.