The Golf Course

   

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                                 SELKIRK GOLF CLUB
     
                    SCORECARD AND PLAN OF COURSE
     
                                                       
     
     
                   

 

 1ST AND 10TH HOLE

             

At 383 yards, the first and tenth hole is a moderately difficult par four.     Although the tee shot looks a little daunting there is a very generous fairway to both right and left of the directional pin.   Having successfully placed your drive in the centre of the fairway, you are left with a fairly flat stance and a mid to short iron shot to a green which is situated downhill from where your ball has come to rest.    The green has a slope from front to centre and then it flattens out from centre towards the back.     If you have the misfortune to go over the back of this green you are left with a difficult pitch up a steep bank.

2ND AND 11TH HOLE      

               

At 265 yards this is a short par four which can be reached by a well struck shot over the directional pin which in this instance looks as if it is slightly to the right.   Anything to the left of this pin is likely to end up in the rough, as the fairway slopes from right to left.     For the more moderate players a good drive will come to rest on a flat part of the fairway about thirty to forty yards short of the green.    It is important to stay over or to the right of the pin as anything left will end up in grass bunkers or steep slopes on the left.   The green slopes gently from front right to the centre and then flattens out from the centre to back left, although any ball hit into this flat part still has a tendency to go slightly to the left.      The dangerous shot is to go over the green to the left.

3RD AND 12TH HOLE  

         

At 401 yards this is the longest par four hole on the golf course and requires a good straight drive into the valley, getting onto the up slope being a big bonus.      Any drive going left is likely to be lost or out of bounds.  If you have hit a good drive into the valley the next shot will be a blind one uphill to a very generous green.   The best line from the centre of the fairway is through the gulley at the top of the hill, keeping slightly right if possible.       It is a generous green which slopes slightly from right to left at the front, then becomes flat in the centre with slight rises to right and left, eventually sloping slightly away at the back.   The various slopes make it a difficult green to read.

4TH AND 13TH     

                 

This 379 yard par four runs parallel to the previous hole but in the opposite direction.    A very generous fairway allows the average golfer to safely drive the ball into the valley and wherever the ball lands it will give you an uphill shot to the green.    A good drive into the valley will provide you with an uphill shot to a flat and generous green.   The best line from any position on this fairway is slightly to the left of the green as the left to right sloping fairway will help get your ball onto this green.

5TH AND 14TH     

                

This 384 yards par four is the signature hole on the course and provides a great challenge for the average golfer.   A straight drive just to the right of the directional pin is required as the fairway slopes downhill and to the left.     A good drive gets you into the perfect place for a mid to short iron to the green.     On this fairway you will inevitably have a stance where the ball is above your feet so it is important to take this into consideration when playing your shot.     The green is quite generous, but the front half has a steep slope and therefore it is important to get your ball onto the flat part at the back of the green.     Many a score card has taken a backward step by failing to judge the pace of a putt up the front of this green.

6TH AND 15TH     

                   

At 119 yards this is the shortest par three on the course and would normally be considered an easy hole by most golfers.     It does however consist of a blind shot up a fairly steep hill.      The best line from the tee is to the left side of the green.    The green is generous but slopes steeply from back left to front right.     Wherever the flag is situated being above the hole makes the subsequent putt very difficult.      Most golfers will give a sigh of relief to achieve a par three on this hole.

7TH AND 16TH     

                 

This is the only hole on the course which has separate tees.    The seventh tee, situated to the right and forward of the sixteenth, starts a 165 yards par three hole which requires an accurate shot with a mid to long iron to reach the green.     The sixteenth tee is situated just across a main road (so be aware of traffic), and begins a 210 yards par three hole to the same green.    Again accuracy is required, and the best line is a shot that lands well to the left, where the natural slope will take the ball down onto the green.    The green slopes sharply down from left to right and up at the front, with about half the area to the right rear being relatively flat.     It requires skill and imagination to pitch the ball in the right place on the green to eventually get it to stop near to the hole.    A good par three.

8TH AND 17TH    

              

This elevated tee is the starting point for these par five holes, and as the highest point on the course, is affected more than most in windy conditions. An accurate shot is required into the valley offset to the left from the tee.   Any balls landing slightly left or right will filter into the centre of the fairway.     From the centre of the fairway you will be faced with an uphill blind shot over the natural rise in the ground some 140 yards from the green.     The long hitters may attempt to hit the green or aim for the fairway on the right of the ridge, which comes back to about 100 yards short of the green.     Your third shot to the green (as indicated by the large white pole behind it), is over a series of mounds and hollows which reaches forward like an index finger to a point in line with the front of the green.     For the long hitters who have reached the right hand fairway it is a simple pitch or chip onto a generous and relatively flat green.      As in most golf holes, this is a relatively simple par five, if you keep the ball on the fairway.

9TH AND 18TH     

               

At 151 yards this par three hole requires a mid iron tee shot into the centre of the green.     Do not be distracted by the amazing panoramic view from this tee, and be aware that any mis-directed shot may find gorse and heather to left, right and centre.     The generous green slopes gently from front to back, but a poor shot can easily end up in the humps and hollows on the approach or in the sand bunker to the front left.      A steep banking on the right can often shepherd a faded ball back onto the green and towards the hole.
   
 

History of Golf

Golf's origins are lost in history, but in its present form it is generally agreed to have been played in Scotland near St Andrews in the late 1400s.    Golf as we know it was first recorded in Scotland in the region around Edinburgh in the 15th Century.     In the subsequent 500 years, the game has advanced from one played with simple hand made clubs and leather balls stuffed with feathers to the game we know today, based on clubs designed by computer using advanced materials such as titanium and zirconium.

Actually hitting the golf ball towards the hole remains a dark art and it is as much a mystery now as it was in the 1400s!