HOW GOOD ARE YOU?
Here's the MAXIMUM POSSIBLE for each hole.
HOLE 1. A straight par 4. If the wind is not too disruptive, a good drive and second shot with an iron can you an eagle. You're two under!
HOLE 2. Par 3. Allowing for the wind an accurate shot can be a hole in one. You're now 4 under!
HOLE 3. Par 5. You need the wind in your favour for this one and there is a trick to learn but a double eagle is possible making you now 7 under!
HOLE 4. Par 3. With luck on your side this is where you're most likely to get a hole in one making you 9 under!
HOLE 5. Par 5. Again, I've done this one in two. Another double eagle puts you at 12 under. There's a trick to this one too but it doesn't always prove to be an advantage.
HOLE 6. Par 4. Across the water you do have to consider the slope! An eagle here can be achieved when the hole's in the right place making you 14 under!
HOLE 7. Par 4. A tricky dogs leg and more often than not I resort to a certain trick to make an eagle possible. So you'd now be 16 under in this amazing game!
HOLE 8. Par 3. Probably the trickiest of all to get a hole in one but it can be done when the conditions are right. Mostly a birdie here but a hole in one could put you at 18 under.
HOLE 9. Par 5. Island hopping. Finish off with a double eagle off the laft-hand island if the wind will allow an iron for the second shot and you compensate for the hill that the hole is on. You've finished your game 21 under.
Of course, that's the absolute perfect game but it doesn't always work like that does it? You can however afford to par or just birdie some holes to give you a respectable 10 - 12 under! Your judgement when it comes to putting is crucial but so is the tee-off. Next we'll take a look at each hole, discuss the different wind aspects and on most greens you can find the hole in different positions on the green.
1. A GENERAL HOLE BY HOLE GUIDE
2. A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THE QUIRKS FOR EACH HOLE
3. THE FINER POINTS TO A MAXIMUM SCORE.
HOLE ONE. Getting that first eagle! It's an easy hole for starters. It can appear in two positions but both are easy. A straight fairway but as you'll learn with EVERY HOLE you must first look at the wind and account for it. There's also a camber on the right hand side which you should account for. Which way you compensate left or right will put your ball in the best place for that eagle shot. If the wind's going your way then you should be able to get within a good iron shot from the hole. You'll find that it's easy to over-hit with your driver on this one. Some holes require a different dynamic for the first shot but we'll cover those as we get to them. Go easy for the first. Calculating how much to compensate for the wind can come down to mathematics mostly which again will be explained as we go. Get used to the clicks on your left and right adjuster and start to count how many you take. I found that getting an eagle on this hole often happens when the wind is against you. This leaves the ball well short of a second shot with the iron and by using the driver carefully (don't overpower it) the ball will drop in the hole with hardly any compensation required. If you can when tee-ing off, get the ball to drop on the right hand side of the fairway. This'll help keep the bunker out of the line of the second shot. Further on we'll also talk about the amount of power required for different scenarios. Keep practicing.
Pic one TEE OFF - the right side of the fairway tilts left so will bounce your ball left so drop it as far right as you can. Pic two - second shot. With no wind at this distance you should aim for a power rating of three. If the wind's against you then it might be as much as the full hit. With the wind behind you put on proportionately less power. Remember the ball will roll on more.
HOLE TWO - and your first chance at a hole in ONE!
With the wind coming from the left (pic) this is where I would aim the ball with a power of just over the three mark. This would drop the ball just to the side of the bunker and the wind and incline should take it towards the hole but having said that this is one of the trickier shots and requires a bit of luck!
HOLE THREE. With the lft-hand dogs leg this is your chance to EAGLE or DOUBLE EAGLE although more often than not you'll birdie this par five hole with four strokes. When teeing off it's most important to get the wind-speed compensated by the power of your stroke to get to the corner of the dogs leg. However, you can cut that corner off by taking your shot between the trees to the left. Aim the ball to go through the gap towards the right hand tree. Don't try this if the wind is dead against you at more than 8k/s. In a lot of cases with an oncoming wind a full power shot will lift the ball high enough to go over the trees even if your calculations are out! You're now close enough to get that double eagle if you've got the wind even just slightly going your way. Remember that there's an uphill gradient just before the green which will often stop you from making it onto the green. However, with luck you can make the green by two shots and with a good putt you're there with an eagle. I'll talk more later about putting and accounting for gradients. On emore thing. Even if you land on the rough with your first shot you can still easily birdie. The essence is to get your ball on the fairway just before that centre island of rough. From here a good iron shot can place you nicely on the green for a birdie.
HOLE FOUR. Here's another iron shot from the tee. The hole can appear either on the hill on the right of the green or on the left. When it's on the left hand side take into account a slight incline to the left. If the wind is strong against you don't expect to get near the hole. I've tried the driver when it's like this and unless you're exremely accurate with your power shot you'll go over the top and down the cliff. Stick to an iron for now. When it's on the hill on the right you'll need to give it a bit more power and again allow for the slope of the hill. A hit of 3 and a half will be enough with a medium wind and compensate for the drift. This was my first hole in one and I've done it regularly since on the left but never on the hill!