A par three to an elevated green. Always plays at least a club longer from the lower tee, whilst the challenge provided by the upper competition tee makes for a tricky start to your round. Bunkers guard the front on the green to gather anything that comes up just shy. The large tree to the right of the green can deflect your ball in any direction, both good and bad.
A dog-leg left par four. This hole earns its stroke index of four off the back tee, where a right-to-left shaped shot is ideal. Two bunkers guard the front of the green on each side.
The bunker down the left should be your line, ideally with a hint of left-to-right. The pond to the left of the fairway around one hundred yards short of the green ‘shouldn’t’ come into play. Two bunkers to the left of the green, and one on the right mean an accurate approach is required.
Four bunkers guard the front of the fourth green, with out of bounds long for the over-zealous. Low ball hitters should aim at the right side of the green to avoid the tree halfway down the hole.
A risk reward par five for the longer hitters. A solid drive up towards the fairway bunker can have you contemplate reaching the green in two. For regular hitters, out of bounds down the right can easily force you into the trees on the left. A positional shot for your second (or third) short of the pond and stream should leave you with between 110-140 yards. Deep bunkers on either side can cause issues if you are not precise with your approach
A short par four but fraught with trouble. The pond on the right easily catches the eye. The best line is just inside the two large trees on the right side of the fairway, ideally with a shot that shapes left-to-right. Out of bounds just a few paces to the left of the green, and bunkers short and right, demand an accurate approach shot to a green that slopes from back-to-front.
A drive short of the two fairway bunkers leaves a second shot of around 160 yards. Two deep bunkers guard the front of the green.
One of our signature holes with a steeply sloping green. A tee shot over, or just left of, the tree in the middle is required. Once on the green the real challenge begins, with three putts highly likely depending upon the pin position.
Relatively short as par 5’s go, and reachable in two for the longer hitters. The hole narrows between 90 and 130 yards short of the green which makes the golfer consider their options when laying up. Two bunkers guard the front right and front left of the green, as well as the hedgerow running just a couple of strides to the right of the green. Going long is ill advised as you will find yourself in a copse of trees.
A par 3 running parallel to the River Mersey. Don’t go left otherwise you will have to reload. The entrance to the green is narrow, and bunkers on either side gather any shot hit slightly off line. For any yellow or white pin the safe play is the back of the green.
Your drive should hug the left side of the fairway so as not to be blocked out for your second shot. Anything down the right will have to navigate the copse of trees. Be mindful of the open ditch running across the fairway around 40 yards short of the green. Three bunkers on the left of the green and one on the right can catch out a mishit approach shot.
Another drive to hit down the left side of the fairway for the best angle to approach the green. Off the back tee beyond the hedge this can make for a tough drive. The second shot is to a narrow green with bunkers on both sides.
The 13th is the first of back-to-back holes following the bank of the River Mersey. Any shot hit to the right off the tee is likely to be out of bounds. Golfers should also be mindful of the pond down the left-hand side on the corner of the dogleg. The approach shot should favour the middle of the green with bunkers protecting the left and right side
Stroke Index 1 and the longest par 4 on the course. Your drive must travel at least 220 yards if you hope to have any view of the green for your second shot. Even then you will likely have a similar distance for your second shot and this may prove to be too far for many. Long hitters can attempt to cut the corner off the tee, however the trees can easily come into play. The greens is wide but narrow in depth, with bunkers protecting each side, and a further bunker at the back left of the green. A five here is not a bad score.
A straightforward par 4 from the red or yellow tees, although a tougher proposition from the white tee. The fairway bunker on the right side of the fairway will catch out any left-to-right shot. The two-tiered Mackenzie green will reject any shot played to its outer edges, whilst two deep bunkers on either side of the front of the green will gobble up anything coming up short.
The longest hole on the course and the beginning of ‘The Stretch,’ Withington’s infamous tough final three holes. The tee shot must be hit straight to start this hole off well. Pay attention to the distance to clear the fairway bunker for your second (or third) shot. Ideally you want to position your ball on the corner of the dogleg to have a full view of the green. The hedgerow to the left on your approach is out of bounds. The figure eight shaped green slopes gently towards the hedge.
Things don’t get any easier on the 17th. A drive favouring the left side of the fairway is preferable for a view of the green. Only longer hitters will realistically get to the green in two. An open ditch runs across the fairway around sixty yards short of the green preventing the golfer from running the ball up to the putting surface. The two-tiered green is guarded by two large bunkers, one on the left and one on the right.
Arguably the toughest stroke index 13 you will play. Too far left or too far right can see you blocked out by trees for your second shot. The ideal line from the tee is the left edge of the fairway bunker. Be mindful of a white pin as this brings the hedgerow, and out of bounds, into play for an overly aggressive approach shot. Bunkers front left and front right catch out any offline approach.