DREAM 18

Lead­ing course ar­chi­tect Martin Ebert ‘builds’ his per­fect English course

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Lead­ing course ar­chi­tect Martin Ebert is chal­lenged with whit­tling down thou­sands of holes to ‘build’ his per­fect English golf course.

Of the thou­sands of holes in Eng­land, which ones would you choose to com­pile your per­fect course? That’s the task we set re­spected de­signer Martin Ebert of Macken­zie & Ebert, the firm trusted by the R&A to work on the cour­ses that host The Open.

His se­lec­tions cover all parts of the coun­try and are lo­cated in­land as well as by the coast – and in­ter­est­ingly they are nearly all on cour­ses that have risen in this Top 100.

“There are a lot of par 3s on the front nine – but why not?” says Ebert. “They are all great holes and maybe the ideal 18 should have more par 3s in­cluded…”

1st Royal Cinque Ports PAR 4, 418 YARDS

Why I like it: If I can­not choose the 1st at St An­drews as it is in Scot­land, it has to be the clos­est replica in Eng­land. 2nd Rye PAR 3, 180 YARDS Why I like it: A sim­ple but su­perb par 3. Great green perched up. 3rd Gan­ton PAR 4, 349 YARDS Why I like it: This is a beau­ti­fully bunkered rel­a­tively short par 4. 4th Rye PAR 4, 440 YARDS Why I like it: Don’t miss the fair­way left… or right. 5th Royal Wor­ling­ton & New­mar­ket PAR 3, 155 YARDS Why I like it: Won­der­ful short hole to a green only eight yards wide. 6th Sun­ning­dale (New) PAR 5, 485 YARDS

Why I like it: A lovely heath­land sweep; rel­a­tively short for a par 5 yet not easy.

7th Rye PAR 3, 159 YARDS Why I like it: An­other su­perb par 3 on a course that is full of them. 8th Royal West Nor­folk PAR 5, 494 YARDS

Why I like it: Two leaps over the sea marsh; this is spec­tac­u­larly good whether the tide is in or whether it is out. 9th Burn­ham & Ber­row PAR 3, 169 YARDS Why I like it: It is won­der­fully bunkered and a great green. 10th Royal North Devon PAR 4, 378 YARDS Why I like it: The most nat­u­ral golf among the reeds. 11th Royal Liver­pool PAR 3, 194 YARDS Why I like it: The Alps is all that needs to be said. 12th Swin­ley For­est PAR 4, 455 YARDS

Why I like it: A su­perb ap­proach on one of the tough­est holes on a mag­i­cal course.

13th Royal Birk­dale PAR 4, 433 YARDS

Why I like it: It of­fers fan­tas­tic views, es­pe­cially from the tee used in The Open. 14th Royal St Ge­orge’s PAR 5, 545 YARDS Why I like it: How brave will you be with the Out of Bounds? 15th Wok­ing PAR 5, 507 YARDS

Why I like it: Gives me back-to­back par 5s – but worth it for ‘Har­ley Street’ and a su­perb green. 16th Royal Cinque Ports PAR 4, 496 YARDS

Why I like it: A par 4… or is it a par 5? Such a great green and I think it should re­ally be a par 5. 17th Royal Lytham and St Annes PAR 4, 467 YARDS Why I like it: Bobby Jones! 18th Rye PAR 4, 439 YARDS

Why I like it: So much President’s Put­ter drama on this bunker­less hole past the club­house.

Rye’s par-3 7th, one of four holes Ebert chose from the East Sus­sex lay­out.

Out 2,849 yards, par 34, In 3,914 yards, par 37, To­tal 6,763 yards, par 71

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