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At 166 yards, to a green cupped by low banks and backed by a large oak, this is a great starting hole. You may be tempted to hit a high and handsome first shot, but beware, this hole is susceptible to cross-winds and can play longer than you might think. Anything off course will leave you in rough with a tricky chip to follow.
What is on offer here is a difficult 127 yards up a steep incline to a hidden target. Plenty of club is required but overdo it or stray from the line and you face an extremely testing second shot over the side banks or down the slope onto a most punishing putting surface. Sharply tilted from back to front and with gradients leaning to both sides, this narrow green demands total concentration on line and pace.
Another uphill task to a green obscured by the rising land. Though less demanding than the previous hole, this 142 yarder is exposed to winds at the top of the hill, thus requiring accuracy and good club selection. The green is generously sized with subtle borrows and tends to draw putts to the right and back.
At last you can see the wood for the trees – literally! The loftiest of tee positions and a large rounded green far below make this a magnificent Par 3 and, at 173 yards, the longest hole on the course. A solid tee shot is required to make the green if the wind is coming up the hill but the real danger is a shot pushed too far right which may see the ball out-of-bounds in Deerkeepers Wood. Drive too short and you will have to pitch off a downhill lie onto a green which also runs slightly away from you.
The shortest hole and a test of your short iron skills, this pretty 114 yard hole is flanked on two sides by the out-of-bounds Deerkeepers Wood. The green sits in a cradle of low banks, offering teasing chips to secure Par from off-target tee shots. Putting requires care as the surface has some interesting contours.
With its entirely open position and a flattish fairway running to the green this may seem a very straightforward 147 yard challenge. However the green is slightly raised and has two distinct levels with some interesting undulations. Getting your tee shot to stop near the flag may prove a more elusive goal than you first thought.
Just 118 yards but an interesting test of straight hitting. A short iron shot must be well played to find the long narrow green and be rewarded with a flat putt to follow. The side banking may gather onto the green a well-struck ball that is slightly off-line but hit the wrong side of the bank and you could be faced with a very delicate chip for your next shot.
At this 140 yard hole, a raised green with banks on three sides awaits you at the end of a generous fairway. A grove of small trees sits just behind the target to punish the over-hit drive whilst chipping a second shot over the side banks requires precise adjustment for the sloping green with its awkward changes of angle.
An excellent finish to the Avon course is provided by this 124 yard hole. The approach is level and leads to a substantial teardrop-shaped green which is generally flat. If your first shot is just off target, a good chip over, or from, the protecting banks will see your ball hold on the putting surface, renewing the opportunity of a Par to end your round.