Ar­chi­tect Bruce Charl­ton loves the in­tim­i­dat­ing 18th.

Golf World (UK) - - COURSES -

I re­ally like the fin­ish on the New, which re­ally starts with the short par4 15th. But the par5 18th is def­i­nitely my favourite. I like the risk re­ward of it and the chal­lenges it poses. I like the de­ci­sion mak­ing it presents on both your tee shot and on your ap­proach. You hit a great drive and then you get up to your ball and think “oh my, I’ve got an­other de­ci­sion on this se­cond shot”. You have to hit good shots, but al­most as im­por­tant is the fact you also have to weigh up how ag­gres­sive you want to be. If you hit a great drive it might make the hole men­tally more dif­fi­cult in fact; you feel like you should go for the green or it is a waste of a great shot. And we left enough dry land round the green so it was make­able for not just elite play­ers. Its strat­egy was purely man­u­fac­tured, none of it was there – so from an ar­chi­tec­tural point of view, it’s a hole I like a lot.

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