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Sheepshank
The hole could be named after the knot, or perhaps after the animals that are ready to welcome your ball should it fly out of bounds to the right. Keep your tee shot to the right side of the fairway, too far to the left and you are likely to be blocked out on your approach to the green and face a tricky shot over trees and a stream.

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Church Drift
A drive favouring the left side of the fairway will negate the couple of craftily-placed bunkers ready to snare any ball that goes too far to the right. A well-placed tee shot will set up a short iron to an undulating green that is guarded by a lake on the left and a vast bunker on the right.

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Watersmeet
The first of the four par-3s on the course, which you should note all come on the odd holes if you are playing foursomes. The green is a generous size but undulating and slopes to the left and there is a lake to catch anything too far left. Deceptive for distance, trust what it says on the scorecard.

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Hounds Haunch
A fantastic dog-leg par 5 which will tempt the longer hitters to cut off the corner by carrying the bunkers to leave a second shot over the river and the chance of an eagle putt. The safer route is to keep to the left of centre from the tee, play to the dog-leg and play up to the river. The green is well guarded, with another huge bunker to the right. Make sure you take enough club as long is better than short.

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Barnes Field
A delightful short hole to look at, but one of the most difficult on the course, with a well-bunkered green. Despite being on three layers, the green is difficult to hit, and can provide some very tricky and never-to-beforgotten putts should you not finish on the same level as the flag.

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Priory Meadow
A long, uphill, challenging par 5 which needs the right club selection and a little luck to avoid the two fiendishly-placed bunkers in the middle of the fairway which are not easily seen from the tee. The green is large and inviting, but watch for some tricky borrows.

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The Hog’s Back
One of the most inviting driving holes on the course with the lack of trouble off the tee and the wide fairway. Aim for the marker post and slightly left of centre, which should afford some magnificent views as you reach the brow of the hill. The second shot appears straightforward, although pay attention to the downhill lie.

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Willow Green
The water to the left should not come into play off the tee, but check your yardages to make sure you are not caught out by the cross bunker in the centre of the fairway. A drive too far left can leave a second shot blocked out by trees, not a good thing when there is also a stream in front of the green to negotiate.

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Doublecross
Patience, caution and accuracy are the watch-words on this hole, which has a 90 degree dog-leg to the right. The hole gets its name because you have to traverse the winding Bourn Brook twice, once off the tee and again with the approach into the green. It is possible to cut the corner, but generally the greedier the attempted tee shot, the more costly the results.

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Lord’s Meadow
If you have not acquainted yourself with the Bourn Brook on the previous hole, there is another chance here, with water crossing the fairway twice and continuing up the left hand side. Keep well right with your second shot, which should leave a short pitch to the green.

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Long Meadow
Some welcome relief between the stern tests before and after, this is one of the easiest holes on the course and offers a definite birdie chance. The long hitters will fancy going for the green, but more important is to hit the wide fairway and leave a straightforward approach into the green.

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Rotadale
This used to be Stroke Index 1 and still has claims to be the toughest hole on the course, particularly from the back tees. Ladies and those playing from the yellow tees should look to carry lake on the corner of the dogleg without over-clubbing and finding the bunkers on the far side of the fairway. Another lake runs down the left and with trees on the right, accuracy is at a premium.

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Greenwich Green
Drive up the right side of the fairway to avoid the lake which cuts into the fairway on the other side. There is a ditch to cross in front of the green, but this should not pose too many problem proving your tee shot finds the short grass.

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The Meridian Line
A long, testing par 4 that offers a challenge from the tee with water in play down the left-hand side and a trio of bunkers ready to end any hope of reaching the green in regulation down the right. Choose enough club with your second shot to attack the green, which is slightly uphill.

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Cundell’s Green
At nearly 200 yards even off the yellow tips, this is a hole which requires a long iron or a fairway wood to reach the putting surface, which is long and narrow. Even those hitting long and straight enough to hit the green are not guaranteed to exit with their par.

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Bunker Hill
The toughest hole on the course, with a host of sand traps and two long uphill shots required to reach the raised, undulating green. If the bunkers or the distance doesn’t get you, the green might, as downhill putts can be wickedly fast, especially in the summer months.

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Hill Field
It may be the shortest hole on the course off the yellow tees, but it is still one to treat with respect. A nice hole to look at as long as you don’t have a fear of water, which must be carried off the tee. The green is long and thin and the pin position can mean a difference of up to three clubs.

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Westward Home
A stunning test to end the round with a par-5 that has been voted the best finishing hole in East Anglia. The first lake must be carried to shorten the distance into the green but that is not even half the job done as trouble abounds. Fairway bunkers, a stream short of the green and more water to the left, this hole has just about everything, including an audience watching your every move from the clubhouse terrace.

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