The 7th hole’s claim to fame is that it was the inspiration behind the famous 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club home of the U.S. Masters.
The green is angled diagonally on the line of flight and set into a slope with bunkers waiting immediately at the back. At the front, the green falls away sharply down to a brook and lake. Try to play safe and end up in the foliage behind the bunkers and you will have a nightmare pitch back down to the green, praying you do not end up in the water.
Local residents will know that the site at West London Golf Centre used to be Lime Trees Park Golf Club. The new layout is still a nine hole course but unlike its predecessor it does not have different tee positions when opting to play 18 holes.
Finca Cortesin is ranked as being one of Spain’s best golf courses, the natural Mediterranean landscape, attractive design and superb weather all go towards making the perfect setting for playing golf.
Valderrama Golf Club is simply stunning, you get the impression of a small private club as you drive in and park in the car park. This impression changes as soon as you walk past the amazing Clubhouse out onto the range.
The course winds its way through old Cork Oak and Olive trees with fairways like carpets and putting surfaces faster than the green baize in your local snooker hall. The key to playing well here is going to be leaving your ball below the pin as a downhill putt is the stuff of nightmares.
Just like The Els Club you can’t help but be impressed as you arrive at the complex, the actual Estate is huge, once you enter it is a further 10 minute drive to the Clubhouse! Once again our clubs are collected from us and taken to our buggies that have been laden with tees, towels and bottled water but no GPS this time we had to settle for a standard yardage chart.
From the moment you arrive at The Els Club you know you are in for a great experience. The course looks pristine but the Clubhouse is also an experience to savour. Upon arrival your clubs are collected from you to be taken to your buggy, which is fully stocked with tees, towels, water and a GPS map of the course.
I visited the event on day 3 which began with a downpour, not looking good as I made my way to Ascot to catch the Park & Ride bus to Wentworth. News filtered through that the start was to be delayed but as I got on the bus the rain stopped and gaps were appearing in the clouds, looking better.