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The ex­pan­sive plateau of Wal­ton Heath means the course lacks the dra­matic el­e­va­tion changes or wa­ter-based haz­ards that char­ac­terise the mod­ern ‘sig­na­ture’ hole. That said, the rugged, nat­u­ral beauty of its set­ting en­sures there are no short­age of mem­o­rable mo­ments dur­ing the round, and for head pro­fes­sional Si­mon Peaford the finest of these comes at the 5th – played as the 3rd in the British Masters.

“The hole plays around 380 yards off the tees of the day but can stretch to 485 of the backs,” he says. “That back tee pretty much al­ways de­mands a driver, but oth­er­wise, take the strong­est club you dare that al­lows you to find the fair­way. Gorse and sand lie in wait up the right, while left is dead. How­ever, the fur­ther you hit it, the fur­ther left you need to play to find the ideal line.

“It’s a hole where you just have to hit the fair­way. But get a good one away and you are a re­warded with a won­der­ful ap­proach of 120-180 yards, from the top of a rise down to a beau­ti­fully sited green that falls away on both sides. With deep bunkers fram­ing the green short left is prob­a­bly your best miss, leav­ing you a sim­pler line into most pins on what is prob­a­bly the most un­du­lat­ing green on the course.”

Oc­to­ber 2018 Golf World 101

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