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The following yardages are from the Black Tees at The Lakes Golf Club. They are the official yardages of the championship.
Length: 365 metres
The new first tee adjacent to the water level, has been designed in a way to bring in the traps on the right hand side to penalize the long shot heading away from the water.
The hole has been re-designed to provide long hitters with another strategic option to play the hole. Additionally, the new angle of the green rewards certain lines above others and the hole becomes a true reflection of risk reward.
As a general rule, the closer a golfer a willing to hit to the water, the better line they will have into the green. Subsequently, the green on the first hole is designed to provide a much better chance of an up and down from the front of the green than to those who become too aggressive and hit it long.
Length: 400 metres
The second hole has been altered with both new bunkers added on the right hand side and the orientation of the green being changed to reward players coming in from the left hand side. Players who are able to carry the tier in the fairway will be left with a short iron to the green, while those who are not able to carry the hill in the middle of the fairway will be rewarded with a better view of the green if they can keep their tee shot to the left hand side.
Once at the green, approach shots which end up either right or long of the green will leave players with an extremely difficult up and down. We recommend that players aim their approach shots to the left hand side of the green as it is designed to funnel balls to the right once they have landed on the green.
Length: 444 metres
The tee has been moved back and across to have the drives land short of the hill crest. This will make sure the second shot will play a liitle longer into a big green protected right and left by traps.
As most members will receive one or two shots on this hole, clever placement for your second/third shots is needed. The green has a swale through the centre to ensure all long putts are tested.
Length: 339 metres
The new layout of this hole requires many golfers to employ a strategy which will allow them to lay up as close as possible to the sandy waste on either their first or second shot to provide the best opportunity to hit their next shot on to the green.
Be aware that the 4th green slopes away from front to back. As a result, unless you are hitting a short iron on your approach shot, please allow a few extra yards for the ball to release towards the hole.
If you do miss the green, the easiest place to get up and down is either short right or long. Approach shots that finish short left, however, will leave golfers a very difficult chip or bunker shot.
Length: 363 metres
The 5th hole is an excellent par 4 with a slight dogleg. While the tee shot may appear narrow, there is actually considerable room to the left of the right fairway bunker. A tee shot in the centre to left of the fairway eliminates the danger areas of the hole and provides an excellent angle of approach into the challenging green.
The new green is flanked by two deep greenside bunkers which means that the green opens up considerably towards the back. Unless, players feel the need to play aggressively at a front pin, we encourage you to choose a club that will allow you to fly the ball to the middle of the green to take the front bunkers out of play.
Length: 312 metres
The danger on this hole is the large sandy waste collection area on the left hand side of the fairway but there is considerably more room on the right hand side than it may appear from the tee.
The green has a very narrow entrance and is flanked by two deep greenside bunkers. Pay close attention to your club selection on your approach shot. Any approach that finishes short or marginally off line will have a good chance of finding the difficult bunkers.
Length: 160 metres
This medium length par 3 plays uphill with only the back tier of the green visible. It is crucial to select the correct club and hit the ball the right distance. Flag position will vary as it is a big green with a large tier and ridge in the middle.
Having said that if you can hit the middle of the green and 2 putt you will be more than happy. When on the green pay particular attention to the slope and elevation (uphill/Downhill) as it is a very undulating green. It may take a few games to get a feel for this green but soon you will learn its speed and break.
The best place to miss the green and chip from is front left as there are deep bunkers protecting the right front and side of the green. If you have a tight lie, don’t forget the option of putting with the 3 wood or rescue club when off the green to front and left..
Length: 503 metres
This stunning looking par 5 plays downhill from the tee and flattens out in the middle with a slightly elevated green from fairway level. The hole is protected by a lake on the right hand side, waste area on the left hand side of the fairway, scattered cross bunkers and green side bunkers.
The green is long and narrow at the front widening out towards the back with chipping areas on the front, right and rear of the green
Length: 138 metres
This great looking short to medium length par 3 heads north towards the clubhouse. The hole is quite exposed and during the warmer months will play into the prevailing N/E wind.
The green is elevated and protected by a pot bunker at the front and a deep bunker on the right. The green is undulating and will prove a tough test especially on windy days..
Length: 314 metres
This short par 4 is a feature hole at The Lakes. Depending on the wind can play very differently. The tee shot is quite narrow with a fairway bunker positioned on the left approximately 220metres from the tee. A lateral water hazard protects the entire right side of the hole.
The green is slightly elevated with a tier in the middle and is sits on an angle as you play the hole. The green is surrounded by bunkers front and back.
Length: 528 metres
This long dogleg par 5 plays left to right around a lake on the right hand side. The tee shot plays slightly uphill with waste area approximately 240 metres from the tee on the right side. Fairway bunkers on the right and left side protect the fairway for the second shot. The green is very large with a swale on the left side. The water lurks close at the front and to the right.
Length: 409 metres
This is one of the hardest holes on the back nine. It is a long par 4 with a gradual incline. The tee shot is protected by trees on the left and waste area on the right approximately 250 metres from the tee. The green is elevated and protected by greenside traps left and right.
Length: 288 metres
This short par 4 plays downhill and requires good strategy on each shot. The fairway slopes to the right towards a pond protecting the right side of the fairway. The left side of the fairway will generally give you the flattest lie and best angle to play your second shot.
The green is shaped like a pear, very narrow at the front and widening out at the back. There is severe drop off areas at the front and both sides of the green. A bunker lurks at the back of the green..
Length: 502 metres
This short par 5 is one of the feature holes at The Lakes GC. There is a waste area on the right, while water and a fairway trap protect the left side of the fairway for the tee shot. Your second and third shots play over a lake to a massive green which has many levels to it.
The green is protected by water at the front and bunkers to the back. Study the green closely and pay particular attention to the speed.
Length: 184 metres
The putting surface on this par 3 is not visible from the tee. The green slopes from front to back and is protected by bunkers on both sides. There is a ridge running through the middle of the green which funnels your golf ball to the left.
Length: 396 metres
This is a tough dogleg left to right par 4 and often plays into the wind from the tee. The fairway is generous in width however a lake approximately 240 - 250 metres from the back tee markers protects the middle and right side of the fairway.
The green is positioned on the other side of the lake and is protected by bunkers at the front, back and sides. The green is very large and shaped a little like a boomerang.
Length: 454 metres
This is a stunning hole played along the lake. It is a short par 5 but is very challenging. The tee shot is played to a fairway almost like an island with water at the front, back and to the left.
The second is played over water and is protected by waste land on the right and water to the left. The green is positioned close to the water on the left and is protected by a large bunker at the front right. The green is a large and undulating.
Length: 191 metres
This is a tough finishing par 3, which plays slightly uphill and often into the wind. However the green is large and relatively wide. The green is protected by a swale at the front and bunkers on the right, left and back. .