The Tony awards

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Best hole:

Easy pick is the 18th, but the 2nd and 13th are two be­at­i­fully framed holes, with both having a lick of Au­gusta about them.

Hid­den gem:

The drive off the back sticks on the 17th make it at one, a beast and a beauty.

Weak­est hole:

Maybe the least strong­est hole is the 8th, which is seen as the “tough­est driv­ing hole on the front nine” and in­dexed No 1. Don’t think so.

Big­gest change:

From the old de­sign, the fifth, a par four, has been dropped 15ft, so the bowl­shaped green is now vis­i­ble from the fair­way.

Most dan­ger­ous:

The par three 6th has been length­ened, and is guarded right and off the back by wa­ter. Not only that, the slick run-offs will feed it into the wet stuff

Risk/re­ward:

The par 5 sev­enth is beg­ging to be hit in two, but it’s trou­ble all the way up the right, and the bailout left has been mowed down to a run off now too.

Pic­ture per­fect:

Tough to beat the ap­proach to the 9th, an­other par 5, with the stun­ning Manor House, as a back­drop.

Tough­est par:

Per­haps the 10th, be­cause the ap­proach is a mid-iron to a green of measly depth. Get­ting back up to the green and down for par is a re­sult.

The glass stair­case:

The greens will run at 11 even in win­ter, but the swails and hol­lows on 18 make it a tough two putt.

Tough­est drive:

Maybe not the tough­est, but the 15th run­ning along­side the River Maigue makes it too easy to bail out left, where trees and traps lurk.

Sweet­est ap­proach:

The sec­ond to No 13 — where the green runs away from the player — is heav­enly.

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