A slight dog-leg left, up and over the hill. If you miss the fairway and semi-rough, you've hit a wild tee shot. A large green awaits with borrows to start you thinking straight from the start.
A straight drive needed as trees at both sides of fairway and well placed bunkers in the landing areas. A blind shot to the green for most with bunkers either side of the green.
An uphill par 3 to a large sloping green. If you under-club, a bunker awaits. Hit it left and a bigger bunker awaits. Or a wide left or right and you could be playing under trees. A great test of a par 3 to start the round.
A straight forward drive, then over the hill to a horse-shoed green guarded by a right hand bunker. Miss the green left and its a blind pitch over a banking to an awkward green, where - on the wrong side of the ridge - a difficult putt awaits.
Not a bunker in sight, but don not cheer too loudly! This is the first of five holes with out-of-bounds to the right. A lateral ditch catches the duffed tee shot. An angled ditch lies in wait thereafter. Lesser mortals play for the “island” and ‘airmail’ an iron to the plateau green.
A sloping right to left fairway for this dog-leg right. Three bunkers await the drive that goes left or kicks down the hill. Dodge them and there’s a good line to the green. Say your prayers for an uphill putt.
Shortest hole on the course with an elevated tee giving a full view of the green. Sounds easy - should be easy – BUT...... there are bunkers all along both sides of the green and one behind. A burn guards the approach.
Some may drive this green. It’s the shortest one on the course for the higher handicappers to hit in two despite three well positioned greenside bunkers. A small copse of trees on the right may trouble the ‘slicer’.
All straight from tee to green, but arguably the most difficult par four on the course. Trees and scrub line the left as well as down the right, plus out-of-bounds. Hidden hollow in front of the green with 2 bunkers if you're short left with your approach Be straight, be straight.
Turn for home with a blind drive to a fairway sloping left to right. The ‘slicer’ has the biggest worry. Bells are provided left and right to signal the all clear to drive to the people behind. A somewhat ‘evil’ bunker guards the green but, be assured, it’s of no great length.
Back we go in the opposite direction. Most people would be happy (in some cases delirious) with two woods and an iron of sorts to the green. Two green-side bunkers are the main hazards, but beware a downhill putt when greens are slick.
Slight dog-leg right and a respite for those who are not long hitters. Green well guarded by a big bunkers. Beyond it, out-of-bounds, although this time trees and greenery help keep the overshoot in play.
Dog-leg left for a change and uphill to the green. If you flirt with the trees on the left, you have little or no chance of getting home in two. The green is well bunkered on the both sides.
Perhaps because of a slight dip before the green, not visible from the tee, visitors tend to under-club. Trouble lies short left and right of the green. An overshoot shouldn’t be badly punished. Go for it!
Not one fairway hazard for the drive no matter what the player’s handicap may be. However, the green has a smattering of bunkers and undulations can mean a tricky putt.
Longest on the course and can seem endless in an east wind. Bunkers - four in all - are easily discernible so shouldn’t catch the visitor unawares. Definitely a hole to give the fairway woods an airing.
Depending on the weather, it could be everything you've got in the bag, Carry the centrally placed bunker and it’s a fair bet that the putter will be your next club. Another hole where the uphill putt is preferable.
A straight drive is really a must but you have to be lucky to miss the well placed bunkers. Go left or right and you kick into woods. The green, of course, is bunkered but is really HUGE. A bad overshoot might mean an early call to the 19th hole.
This hole was previously named "The Clubhouse". In 2006, to mark the achievement of Kevin McAlpine winning the Scottish Amateur Championship, the hole was named after him. In 2007 Kevin went on to win Scottish Stroke-play Championship. A unique double.