A LONG, EPIC ENDING
Architect Bruce Charlton loves the intimidating 18th.
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.