Hole 1 – Road 360yds Par 4
A tight opening tee shot with the road and OB in constant play down the left and tree lined down the right. With strategic bunkering near the hidden green, it can be a tough hole to hit in two. Beware of going through the green as the OB is only 10yds beyond the putting surface.
Hole 2 – Roughmute 485yds Par 5
A blind tee shot and tight OB left and well placed fairway bunkers right await the tee shot. A small ditch awaits any weak tee shot. The second shot is yet again blind with plenty of scope to layup, but those going for the green in two will face a very well guarded green and OB again close to the left of the green. The green itself is no easy task with undulations making it a must to line up. Look for the first view of the famous Falkirk Wheel.
Hole 3 – Hunter’s Folly 390yds Par 4
A blind tee shot and slight dog-leg left with trees both left and right make this undulating fairway a must to hit. A tricky second awaits with the ditch looking to swallow up anything short right or any a bit wayward left and two greenside bunkers confirms why this hole is stroke index 1.
Hole 4 – Rowan Tree 185yds Par 3
A real test of nerve. Normally playing into the wind this hole can be anything from a wedge to 1 wood. The only bail out area is short and left. A ditch runs all the way down the left close to the green and two very strategic bunkers on the right await. The green slopes right to left making this hole a very rewarding par and one the members wished they only had to play once. Watch out for the rowan tree.
Hole 5 – Towers 470yds Par 5
A generous fairway waits which gently slopes down and to the left. Miss the fairway bunker right and you have a decision to make. Take the green on in two requires the shot to carry the ditch 90yds short of the green which has bunkers left and right. Layup and the ditch needs to be avoided. A tight bottle neck on a sloping left to right fairway at the green can make this a very tricky Par 5.
Hole 6 – Wee Pap 120yds Par 3
The start of what is affectionately known as the “wee field”. Described by visitors as the signature hole it can play anything from a sand wedge to a 5 iron. A very tough par three where nerve, skill and judgement are all in play. With the wind normally right to left this green has six greenside bunkers surrounding a sloping right to left green. OB is only 10yds to the left and back of the green and a marsh bed just short make this a must hit green and a gem of a par 3.
Hole 7 – Bonnywood 310yds Par 4
A cracking strategic par 4. OB is yet again tight all the way on the left and three pot bunkers await right. The green sits up on the hill some 30ft above the fairway and is guarded by a bunker left and right. Normally playing into the wind a par here is good at anytime. Watch out for the Maple tree on the left as it will block out any tee shots short and left.
Hole 8 – Old Railway 300yds Par 4
The last of the “wee field” can conjure up anything from albatrosses to quadruple bogeys and more. A downhill tee shot to a severely sloping left to right fairway. To the left of the fairway are groups of trees and pot bunkers to the right. Very few find fairway here so planning is the key. The green is guarded by two deep bunkers and is very narrow and undulating making finding it in two quite a feat.
Hole 9 – Norwood 400yds Par 4
A tough par 4 playing into the rising gradual slope adds to the holes length. Trees left and right make this a must fairway to hit if you have any chance of catching the green in two. The green itself is guarded by two deep pot hole bunkers left and one deep greenside bunker right. The putting surface slightly slopes front to back. Beware of anything too strong as a ditch waits to the rear of the green.