A four hundred and seven yard par four from the whites, with out of bounds well left and trees along the right. A good drive to the left hand half of the fairway minimises the risk from the bunker front right of the green. A solid second shot pitched short of the green and left of the bunker, will feed onto the testing green that slopes from front to back
A three hundred and fifty seven yard dog-leg par four, slightly down hill with a bunker on the dog-leg to catch mis-directed tee shots. Big hitters might consider taking on the dog-leg bunker, while most of us will play our tee shot to the centre of the fairway, leaving a short iron or wedge to a receptive green.
A three hundred and thirty yard par four with plenty of space between fairway bunkers left and right. As this hole is slightly uphill, it plays a little longer than expected. After a tee shot up the middle, play an iron to a two-tier green guarded by bunkers front left and right. Note the position of the small pennant on the flagstick to indicate whether the hole is on the back top or front bottom tier of the green.
A three hundred and thirty nine yard par four with fairway bunkers to catch the drive. The ideal tee-shot lays up short of the bunkers, leaving a short iron or big wedge to a receptive green which slopes from back to front and is guarded by a bunker front left.
At four hundred and thirty nine yards, slightly uphill and dog-leg right, this hole is stroke 1 and needs two good long shots to reach the green. The ideal drive is up the left hand side of the fairway, but beware the bunker on the left. A good drive will leave a fairway wood or long iron to a green guarded by bunkers on the right. If you cannot fly the green, aim between two prominent Poplar trees behind the green to run the ball onto the left hand half of the green, or lay up in the one hundred yard space behind Braid’s Bush in the centre of the fairway.
This is the first par five, exactly five hundred yards long from the white tee. A straight drive is needed, beware the trees that line the hole and the sand bunker on the left which cannot be seen from the tee. Safely on the fairway, big hitters will have to take on the narrow gap between two pairs of bunkers some forty to sixty yards short of the green if they want to reach the green in two. For most of us there is plenty of room for a shot laying up one hundred yards short of the green, leaving a relatively simple short iron or wedge to a green that slopes from front to back
The first of Sherborne’s three memorable par threes. At one hundred and eighty eight yards from the white tee with a long two-tier green angled from front left to back right, the best tee shot is a controlled fade. If the pin is at the front, beware running through the left hand half of the green and if it is at the back you will see how the bunkers come into play
The second par five, four hundred and ninety eight yards long and a dog- leg left after the drive. The ideal driving line is between two prominent fir trees on the right hand edge of the hole after the dog-leg, but beware a drive any further left will run into the rough or badly left will go out-of-bounds. After the dog-leg, the fairway slopes from right to left, with a fairway bunker one hundred yards short of the green ready to catch the second shot. Big hitters will get past the bunker, may even reach the long, narrow green, while most of us can choose to play short of the bunker and let the ball roll to the left hand side of the fairway for a straight short or mid-iron third shot up the length of the narrow green.
The second of Sherborne’s memorable par threes, known as The Badger because of the extensive badger workings in the slopes of the terraces. At one hundred and ninety two yards and stroke index 3, this hole is a real test. A long iron or fairway wood must fly the green, which slopes from back to front to allow a well struck shot to hold the green. Alternatively, play onto the terrace short right and avoid the bunkers close to the green. Once on the green, beware the slope which demands a very careful putt if you are above the hole.
This is a strong dog-leg right par four of some four hundred and four yards. The ideal driving line is the tall poplar tree in the background. Left of this line leaves a long shot to the green, right of this line can be blocked out by trees. A good drive towards the Poplar tree is rewarded by an ideal position for a short or mid-iron to the green which slopes from front to back and is guarded by bunkers left and right.
The last of the par five holes, five hundred and twenty three yards long, this is a double-dog leg that rewards the player who gets in the best position. After a drive to the centre of the fairway, play through the gap in the fir trees as far as you can, while avoiding the bunkers across the fairway eighty yards short of the green. The fairway bunkers and front right greenside bunkers come into play for the big hitter trying to reach the green in two. The better strategy is a long second shot, level with the two left hand fairway bunkers, to leave an easy third shot of some 100 yards up the length of the green.
A four hundred and fifty six yard slight dog-leg right downhill hole that rewards a good drive. The first part of the fairway slopes from left to right, so keep your tee shot left and beware of the ball rolling towards the bunker on the right. Strong hitters can reach the small plateau in the centre of the fairway which leaves them a long iron or fairway wood to the green. Greenside there are bunkers left and right, with plenty of room between them to run the ball onto the green.
An uphill par four, three hundred and thirty three yards, with a marker post and thirteen foot flag to give the line for the second shot from the hill. The ideal driving line is the left hand half of the fairway, where the ball will roll to the centre and leave an uphill shot at the marker post. Too far left leaves the ball in the trees, too far right and the ball will kick right into rough and be blocked from the green. The fairway bunkers are the only bunkers on this hole and are there to threaten the biggest of hitters or catch a poor second shot.
A short, downhill par four with a sloping fairway, only three hundred and eleven yards but demanding a straight tee shot to the centre of the fairway. A tee shot to the fairway will roll down to the left hand edge, leaving an uphill second shot to a green angled front left to back right which needs accurate control of length.
The last of the memorable par threes at Sherborne, one hundred and sixty two yards from the white tee, this tee shot is all carry to a small green set in the side of the hill with bunkers. You need to be very accurate for length, or take one more club than you think, hit the back of the green, or the slope behind the green, and look for your ball to roll back down the slope to the centre back of the green.
A par four of three hundred and sixty eight yards, this hole is a dog-leg around a steep wooded drop out of bounds. Big hitters can carry the Oak tree in the out of bounds and land on fairway, rewarding them with a short, straight shot to the green. More average players need to play left of the Oak tree and avoid the out-of-bounds, followed by a mid-iron to the green where the fairway and greenside bunkers come into play.
A two hundred and seventy six yards long, this deceptive hole is harder than it looks. There is out-of-bounds left and right of the fairway to punish a mis-directed tee shot. Having safely put the ball in the middle of the fairway, the second shot is uphill onto a small green set in the hillside and guarded by three bunkers to catch mis-hit shots. Again great control of length of the second shot is required.
An uphill par four, three hundred and fifty three yards long, with woods on the left and out of bounds right. The marker post is in line with the green and the ideal drive should be a few yards left of the post, which opens up the mouth of the green so that the second shot does not have to fly the bunkers guarding the front right of the green. The green slopes strongly from back to front, making it receptive for a well struck second shot, but beware that leaving the ball above the hole means you will have a challenging first putt and may need to make a good second putt to save your par.