Our club golf man takes you on a tour of his favourite 18 – a composite round he’d love to play every single day of his life
4th: Swinley Forest, Par 3, 171 yards
4th Hole, Swinley Forest Golf Club, Ascot, United Kingdom pic.twitter.com/vf5XwtzZCL
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This 171 yards of wonder at Swinley Forest is the hole I hope I can play every day in the next world.
I just don’t know how you better it. The Redan green, the steep drop off the front, the cavernous bunkers waiting for your misstep – it’s my idea of the perfect par 3.
5th: Castletown, Par 4, 423 yards
It’s one thing finding the fairway, with all that danger running down the right hand side, but the second shot is even harder.
Out of bounds is a constant threat but the foliage hugging the left means you’ve really got to commit even if you do find the short stuff. I did not, and pulled it way into the gorse.
On a course that is full of rugged outcrops and cliff edges, Road – as it is known – deserves to stand with all of them.
6th: Panmure, Par 4, 390 yards
Panmure was the first links course I ever played. I have to confess about wondering what the fuss was about – with about three lost balls already behind me – until I reached the tee at the 6th and suddenly everything made sense.
No wonder Ben Hogan, after whom it is now named, liked it so much. If only he’d been less keen to put that bunker just off the right of the green I’d probably like it even more.
But all you see from the tee is dunes grasses and the briefest outline of fairways, before the hole winds its way up towards the putting surface. Fabulous.
- Related: NCG’s golf guide to Scotland
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