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Gents White TeePar 5 Ladies Red Tee Par 5
Gents Yellow TeePar 4   

Drive over the marker to the “paddock” and from here the big hitters can take on the green but risk the fairway bunkers with a slight mis-hit.  The sensible play is a middle iron short of the bunkers and then a flick with a wedge to a green that slopes left to right.  The danger is the tee shot and many a round has been ruined at the first by going out of bounds on the right.  Sliced or hooked tee shots could be difficult to find. The burn crossing the fairway and running parallel to it on the right also presents problems.

Gents White TeePar 4 Ladies Red Tee Par 4
Gents Yellow TeePar 4   

The line is the clubhouse and a good drive leaves a middle to long iron to the green. Balls landing short could hit the road and bounce anywhere so longer is better than shorter.  The bank on the right of the green can, with a bit of luck, direct the ball towards the pin, so better right than left.

Gents White TeePar 4 Ladies Red Tee Par 4
Gents Yellow TeePar 4   

A hooked drive may end up in difficult rough and a good drive pulled left will reach the fairway bunker.  A sliced drive will drift right on the slope and leave a difficult lie for the second shot with trees obscuring your line.  Two bunkers protect the green and with out of bounds immediately behind the green, careful thought should be given to your approach shot especially if wind is behind.

Gents White TeePar 4 Ladies Red Tee Par 4
Gents Yellow TeePar 4   

The medal tee is to the right of the third green and requires a straight drive over the hill with out of bounds on the right. The approach shot needs some thought as a ball landing short could roll back towards you away from the green.  Long is better than short.  From the Yellow Tee, the big hitters can try and reach the green but that’s a dangerous option, the safe play is an iron to land short of the burn and then a lofted club to the green.

Gents White TeePar 4 Ladies Red Tee Par 4
Gents Yellow TeePar 4   

Big hitters will get close but danger lurks on the left and right. A burn crosses the fairway and  runs parallel to it on the left.  Two bunkers protect a difficult sloping green and three putts are common here. Best advice is to stay below the pin with your approach.

Gents White TeePar 4 Ladies Red Tee Par 4
Gents Yellow TeePar 4   

Two bunkers on the left will catch a hooked drive and a slice will end up in deep heather.  The green slopes right to left and away from you.  Many approach shots run through.  Hit too far over the green and your ball will disappear down a very steep bank behind the green – don’t take this hole for granted.

Gents White TeePar 4 Ladies Red Tee Par 4
Gents Yellow TeePar 4   

Great view of the Cairngorms from here.  Drive into the valley then a lofted iron is the way to play this hole. Anything mis-hit from the tee will end up in deep heather or the burn that crosses the fairway.  The key shot is the second which must land on the elevated green.  Anything short will stick on the bank and anything long will drop into a very steep slope behind the green.

Gents White TeePar 3 Ladies Red Tee Par 3
Gents Yellow TeePar 3   

Not called the “De’ils Brew” for nothing.  The house on the left is out of bounds and anything sliced will end up in gorse on a steep bank.  Green-side bunkers will catch anything slightly left or right.   Wind direction will also play havoc with club selection, so be careful here, especially if you need to finish par par! 

Gents White Tee 9thPar 4 Ladies Red Tee Par 4
Gents White Tee 18thPar 3   
Gents Yellow Tee 18thPar 4   
Gents Yellow Tee 18thPar 3   

Ninth is played from the top tee and is a relatively straightforward  par 4.  Wide fairway can be hit with reasonable shot but be careful not to go too far right or the burn running parallel to the fairway will catch you out.
The Eighteenth is a tough par three played from the bottom teeing ground – an extremely demanding finishing hole for those hoping to finish with a par.

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