Par 4 / 348 yards
How it played out in 2005:
Eagles: 2 Birdies: 105 Pars: 272 Bogeys: 81 Others: 11
From the tee all looks calm, but lying in wait, hidden from view, are six devilish bunkers, the first of which (Admiral’s) is only yards from the tee. Despite finding sand, Ian held his nerve to secure a par.
IAN: 4 NEIL: 4
LUKE SAYS: “A very tricky tee shot. The longer hitters can hit it over the bunkers at about 270 yards and those who can’t have to thread it between bunkers. A tricky green with tiers at the front and back.”
PADRAIG SAYS: With the new back tees this hole is much more like it used to be 20 years ago. There are two ways of playing it for most of us who can carry the small bunkers in the middle of the fairway. Either you can lay up in the left or right rough, leaving yourself a 120-yard pitch. Or, you can hit driver (which is what I will be doing) and leave yourself a chip and a putt for birdie from around the green. There is a nasty little pot bunker just in front of the green, but strangely the contours tend to take the ball away from this as long as you’re not coming into the green with any pace.