At only 476 yards in length (100 yards less from the Red tee) this par 5 is short by today’s standards, but it is nevertheless a challenging opener. The drive is played from an elevated tee to a fairway that swings left and rises to a large, sloping green. There is ‘out of bounds’ all along the left and severe rough and mounding on both sides, and try not to hit your approach beyond the flag as a slippery downhill putt will confront you. It might be wise to hit a few practice shots (and putts) before starting the round!
At 422 yards, this is a tough hole with ‘out of bounds’ on the left (SI 2, but it’s a par 5, SI 14 from the Red tee); only a long straight drive will leave any chance of getting home in two. The approach is played uphill avoiding the bunker guarding a tricky green.
A 172-yard par 3 where the optics of the hole and the wind make club selection a real challenge. If you find the deep hollow in front of the green, your short game will need to be in good order; likewise from the three pot bunkers on the right of the green.
The drive on this attractive 377 yard (310 from the Red) par 4 hole is again played from an elevated tee to quite a generous fairway. Providing you find the short grass, a birdie opportunity beckons. But stray too far right and an awkward side-hill lie will hamper your approach and beware the Brier Dene lurking at the back of a sloping green well-defended by bunkers front and right.
The first of the drives across the Dene, here at its most intimidating for a golfer lacking confidence off the tee; it’s a shorter, but still challenging, carry from the Red tee. The 391/340 yard hole doglegs right around a plantation, so stay left with the drive (there’s plenty of room) to give a clear view of the green; a bunker short and right of the green will often gather a mis-hit or under-clubbed approach.
The second of the par 5s (515 yards from the White tee, 458 from the Red). All the danger off the tee is on the right: ‘out of bounds’, fairway bunkers and a large pond over a crest ready to ambush the unwary! There’s lots of room to the left of the marker-post but take care with the second shot to leave a good angle for the tricky approach to an undulating and well-bunkered green.
374/358 yards. A generous fairway can encourage the player to strive for some extra length, but a line too far to the left may catch the only fairway bunker and will present an awkward approach over two large greenside bunkers. Coming in from the right-hand side of the fairway is more straightforward, but the elevation and length of the green make it difficult to choose the correct club.
This is the shortest of the par 4s on the course (352/322 yards), but it is by no means a push-over! Big-hitters may attempt to fly the cross-bunkers, but a deep ditch beyond may discourage that; a more conservative strategy will leave a tricky shot to a heavily contoured green. There are bunkers short right and to the left but anything too long leaves a really difficult chip back with the green falling steeply away.
From the tee, what looks a relatively straightforward, medium length par 3 (155/142 yards), with ‘out of bounds’ down the right, and well-placed bunkers right and front left of the green, can be a demanding test, especially when the wind blows; on a calm day with the pin at the front, a short iron/wedge is sufficient, but with the prevailing westerly blowing, and a flag towards the back of the long green, a long iron or even more club may be required..
A straight tee-shot is ideal on this short par 4 (356/319 yards). Don’t take too much club (the big-hitters may reach the ditch 50 yards short of the green), and pick a line bisecting the fairway bunkers; stray too far left and you will find thick, clumpy rough; too far right and trees will obstruct your line to the green. The sensible golfer will take the greatest care on this green: it’s one of the hardest on the course with a number of subtle borrows that will lead the unwary into three-putt territory!
This par 4 measures 414 yards off the White tees (74 yards shorter off the Red) and is a favourite hole for many members. A long, straight tee shot to the top of the slope at the elbow of this dogleg may give you a view of the green, but anything short and left will leave a blind second from the lower level; an attempt to cut the corner to the right could result in trees obstructing your route to the long, diagonal green. A deep bunker at the front right awaits; a flag placed in the rear portion of the green behind the bunker can be very difficult to access.
Whitley Bay’s signature hole, a double-dogleg par 5 (582 yards off the White tee, 522 off the Red, SI 1 for both) and one of the regions toughest; every shot (fingers crossed there aren’t too many!) presents a challenge, so hope for a still day when the wind doesn’t compound the difficulty. The drive is played over a crest to a fairway unseen from the tee; a long drive to the right will find trees, so aim for the marker-post. A short drive will make reaching the green in three shots very difficult, but a long drive presents a quandary: the landing area for the second shot narrows to a bottleneck between a gully penalty-area cutting in from the left and ‘out of bounds’ to the right, and a conservative play would be to lay up – but the slope of the fairway towards the gully makes precision essential. The two-tier green has no bunkers but is protected by steep run-offs. Any golfer is happy with a par on this hole. Good luck!
This 162 yard par 3 will come as a relief after the rigours of 12, but don’t think the job is done if you hit the green (avoiding the large bunkers on either side). It slopes right to left, and when the green-speed is fast it’s not unusual to suffer the embarrassment of a chip (or even a putt!) from the right running off the putting surface.
Precise placement of the tee shot is again called for on this 390 (372) yard par four; big hitters may choose to throttle back and play to the left hand side of the fairway before the ground falls away into a valley; anything too far right will run down towards a gully. Get it wrong and a blind approach shot from a side-hill or down-hill lie may face you. The green is protected by a small ‘ravine’ tight to the left hand side and a greedy pot bunker front right.
The last four holes are recognised as one of the toughest finishes in the region, and the first two of the four reacquaint us with the Brier Dene for the tee shots. On 15 (384/326), a crisply struck drive over gorse on the far side of the ravine will find the fairway, but stray to the right and the ground falls away leaving a blind approach with two bunkers ready to punish a poor connection. The ideal approach is from the higher ground, centre and left of the fairway, but long hitters may run out of fairway and find trouble if they choose the wrong line, as the fairway runs diagonally across the line of sight to the green. The green is one of the longest on the course and a white flag at the back of the green, close to the boundary fence, is difficult to access.
This 409 yard, par 4, SI 3 hole (370, par 5 from the Red tee) is a stern test and requires an excellent drive to carry the Dene to another angled fairway; the Dene sits very close to the line of sight to the green, so stay left of that to be on the safe side. The steeply uphill approach to the plateau green will need a lot more club than the yardage suggests, and take care to stay out of the sand on the right to avoid those horrible 40-70 yard bunker shots. Achieving a par on the 16th is a great result; but, regrettably, it’s a hole that has wrecked many a card!
The longest and toughest of the par 3s, this plays 189 yards uphill from the tee (a much more friendly 118 yards from the Red tee); the large green slopes down back to front and is protected by a bunker on the right which gathers many shots which are only slightly off line; more wayward tee shots may find themselves down a steep, tussocky bank to the right. Any mishaps on 17 are compensated for by the magnificent vista across the course, the surrounding countryside and out to sea; take a moment to drink in the view (unless the group behind are waiting, obviously!)
The final hole, 459 yards, par 5 from the White tee offers a good birdie opportunity; it’s 384, par 5 off the Red tee (but a par 4 from the Yellow, at 406 yards). However, played into a wind it’s a very challenging hole and it is difficult to get even a short approach shot close on the long, narrow green with punitive run-offs that can leave a demanding chip or putt.
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