The Tony awards
Easy pick is the 18th, but the 2nd and 13th are two beatifully framed holes, with both having a lick of Augusta about them.
The drive off the back sticks on the 17th make it at one, a beast and a beauty.
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.
From the old design, the fifth, a par four, has been dropped 15ft, so the bowlshaped green is now visible from the fairway.
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
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.
Tough to beat the approach to the 9th, another par 5, with the stunning Manor House, as a backdrop.
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.
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.
The second to No 13 — where the green runs away from the player — is heavenly.