Hole 1: ARNOTTS
Named after Leslie Arnott, a member who used it as a landing strip for his Tiger Moth back in the “Roaring Twenties”.
It was then the second hole of the old nine hole course and was played in the opposite direction to today’s first.
This starts with an uphill drive towards a severely sloping left to right fairway. The second shot requires accuracy to a narrow front to back plateau green protected by a bunker to the left and two large trees to the right.
Hole 2: CANNES FOLLY
This is the first of the holes added in 1991 on what used to be Cannes Farm.
This is intended as a straightforward one-shot-to-the-green hole over a valley through which the roadway to the original farm buildings runs.
There is a bunker on the left guarding the best route to the hole and the bungalow garden (still referred to as the donkey paddock, although splendidly maintained) seems to have a magnetic influence on any shot with the slightest tendency to hook.
Hole 3: MANSON’S CROSS
Nothing to do with Charles, although some consider the hole to be a killer!!
It starts with an uphill drive, position being paramount as there is “out of bounds” on the left and a plantation of trees on the right.
Having negotiated these obstacles, the fairway slopes steeply to the right and continues uphill to a long narrow plateau green, protected by a bunker on the left.
A toughie !
Hole 4: THE BUCKHOLT
Considered by many to be one of the prettiest holes on the course
A reasonably straightforward par four.
Once your tee shot has been threaded through a narrow avenue of trees to reach the fairway and always providing that you do not visit the wood on the right hand side or the “out of bounds” on the left.
Hole 5: KYMIN VIEW
Another hole where the scenery compensates for the golfing problems which it poses.
It is a left hand dogleg with a sloping fairway from right to left.
There is a marsh pond at the bottom of the fairway which can be reached from the tee and the only flattish area is to the right hand side of the pond. Long hitters may consider taking on the left hand corner of trees.
The left of the fairway has a stream awaiting the hooked drive and a slice is punished by a difficult stance for the next shot, which must clear the pond.
The approach to the green is uphill with a neatly placed bunker to the left approach to the green, but now you can truly enjoy the “Kymin View”.
Hole 6: THE OASIS
A firm favourite for societies etc., who are running a nearest the pin competition.
A tricky par three with the green well protected by a ditch and 2 bunkers to the right.
The over-hit tee shot is punished, also, as there is a pond at the back of the green.
Any miss-hit shot and the chance of a par is remote.
Hole 7: PEN-Y-BRYN
One of the toughest Par 4’s on the course!!
An Uphill drive will see most golfers reach the flat area of the fairway.
If you are too far left you will be blocked out by the single tree on the left edge of the fairway.
Take 1 extra club to ensure you reach the raised green to make your well-earned par.
Hole 8: CRESTA RUN
An unusual hole which is included in the book ” Britain’s 100 Extraordinary Golf Holes”.
The hole is well named being downhill and almost a double dogleg.
The placing of the drive is very important with “out of bounds ” on the right and considerable areas of rough on the left.
The second shot can be influenced by the close proximity of the farm buildings, and the trees which camouflage them, to the ideal line to the green which is well bunkered.
Hole 9: THE ELBOW
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Once again the drive is critical, the long hitter will aim over the corner of the trees hitting a draw and expect to have a short iron shot to the green.
Judgement is essential to ensure that the trees are cleared otherwise out of bounds is waiting.
Driving towards the marker post leaves a mid-iron shot played off a downhill lie.
The approach to the green is narrow with a pond to the left and bunker to the right so accuracy is required.
It should be a two shot hole to the green for the average golfer who can hit a straight ball.
The out of bounds on the left will punish a hooked shot and the clump of trees on the right can be a problem.
The direction of the approach shot is critical as there is a long bunker protecting the right of the green.
Hole 10: RABBITS
A tricky par three as the ideal line to the green skirts the “out of bounds” on the left, which has tall trees lining a ditch just inside the course.
The green is not visible from the tee on this hole.
The lie of the land slopes steeply from left to right and this will prevent a short hit shot from reaching the green.
Hole 11: MALLEYBROOK
The longest hole on the course!!
A fair drive will finish at the foot of a hill and it’s then uphill to a split level green.
A large tree guards the centre of the fairway in the dropping zone of an average drive and a hedge up the left hand side has those amazing magnetic properties.
All in all, a true par 5, particularly if you tend to be a little on the wayward side.
Hole 12: COLE’S HOLE
This is the old first hole of the original nine hole course but played in the opposite direction to a new green adjacent to the clubhouse, the tee being near the site of the old green.
This alteration was originally suggested by Bill Cole, professional and green keeper in the late sixties.
An average straight drive will leave a second shot of about 150 yards, downhill to a green well bunkered on the left.
Near the green the ground slopes from the right towards these bunkers, and the clubhouse garden and practise putting green are ” out of bounds” to gather in the stray shot on the right.
Hole 13: WALDON’S PULPIT
Named after George Waldon who designed the 1921 course on which this was the third hole.
A straightforward one shot hole over a shallow valley to a sloping green marshalled by bunkers on either side.
Accuracy is, yet again, the keyword.
Hole 14: CURTIS’S CORNER
Another attractive hole with ponds on the left of the fairway and Malley Brook on the right.
A good drive downhill from the tee gives an interesting approach to a built up small green over a further pond.
A bunker and a small clump of trees make an approach from the left a less attractive proposition and so, reader, the choice is yours !!
Hole 15: TWO IN ONE
This is a combination of the fifth and sixth holes of the old nine hole course.
It has a gradual uphill gradient with a small group of trees and a hedge row to trap the wayward or over ambitious.
The approach to the green is narrow and the green itself severely slopes from right to left and is, without doubt, the trickiest on the course.
Hole 16: DEVIL’S BUNKER
A one shot hole where, again, accuracy is paramount if one is to reach the green which has been cut out of a hill, sloping from the right to the left.
A miss-hit tee shot is likely to hit the large Oak tree on the right and anything other than a straight shot to the green is likely to run into the bunker on the left.
The steep sides of this bunker account for many a bogey but a great recovery will make a par feel like a birdie.
Hole 17: HOWARD’S WAY
The hole is named after Howard Jones who dominated Monmouth Golf during the sixties and seventies and, on one occasion, required only five shots to complete holes seventeen (2) AND eighteen (3)
The drive is from a high tee with “out of bounds” on the left, down and across a valley to the upward sloping right to left fairway.
The second shot should reach the crest of the hill, leaving an open approach to the green. A row of trees fringes the right hand rough and the green is guarded on both sided by bunkers.
Hole 18: LEASBROOK
The bar is now in sight at this fitting end to our great course.
This hole runs parallel to the seventeenth in the opposite direction, back towards the Clubhouse.
There are no serious dangers though the “out of bounds ” hedge on the left may easily catch either a hooked drive or second shot.
The rough on the right is fringed by a row of Silver Birch trees and the green guarded on the right by a large bunker.