Bovey Castle: The Five Key Holes

Bovey Castle: The Five Key Holes

May 21st, 2012

The Your Golf Travel Classic gets underway at Bovey Castle on Wednesday, marking the sixth consecutive year the PGA EuroPro Tour has visited the Dartmoor venue.

Ahead of the event we spoke to resident pro Richard Lewis to get a local’s perspective on the course. On Saturday we brought you his ‘Inside Track’ and below is his guide to what he believes are the five key holes at Bovey Castle.

Par: 3, Yards: 208
“The eleventh is a tough par three, 208 yards to an island green. You need nerves of steel to hit that green. Hit a great shot and it will hold but if you don’t hit it well it could run off into the water and then you’re looking at a four or a five. The green is slightly uphill, which helps you hold it, but it isn’t a large one at all. It’s best to favour the right half of the green; that is where you can be a touch long. Anything on the left half and you’ve only got about 18 yards to play with.”

Par: 5, Yards: 582
“The twelfth is a great par five, just over 580 yards. From the tee shot you have a river across the middle of the fairway and, depending on what line you take, the ball will carry anything between 230 and 270 yards. The line you need is tight on the left, that’s where you get the most carry. But you have the river going all the way up the left side of the fairway. To get to the green in a good position in two you have to be hugging that river, but that is only for the brave! If you decide to go for the safe shot and go for the right half of the fairway there is a line of trees which can catch you out, so either way it is a really tough tee shot. But it doesn’t end there; the second into the green is heavily bunkered and you have out-of-bounds to the left side of the green. You might want to play up short and leave yourself 120, 130 yards so you don’t catch one of those greenside traps.”

Par: 4, Yards: 409
“The thirteenth is just over 400 yards, a tight tee shot with trees left and right. You need to get yourself in a nice position and then you have a river guarding the green just in front of it. You need to be very accurate length-wise with your second shot because if you get the wind against you it can be quite difficult. Again it is all about positioning that tee shot; 400 yards isn’t long for a tough hole nowadays but if you are just a bit wayward you can be caught out and drop a shot there.”

Par: 4, Yards: 384
“You have a stream up the left side of the fifteenth and the river comes across the fairway at about 200 yards and then goes up the right hand side and just cuts into the edge of the green. It is all about pinpoint accuracy here. You don’t want a driver because that will go too far and the fairway gets really narrow.”

Par: 4, Yards: 402
“There is a river on the left and we have trees and rough on the right-hand side. The trees go across the fairway, leaving maybe a 10-yard gap, so possibly play-up short at 220 yards leaving 190 into the green. It’s a very tight green which runs off on the left side into a stream and on the right side you have a very difficult chip. It’s a big, sloping green and a real tough hole. You can drop a couple of shots on fifteen and sixteen, so you have to be careful.”

The Your Golf Travel Classic is a 54-hole strokeplay event played on the par-70 course at Bovey Castle. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes on both Wednesday and Thursday. There will then be a cut to the leading 50 players and ties who will play a final 18 holes on Friday.

Live scoring from the event will be available via the ‘Score Updates’ link on the right of this website, and regular updates will also be posted on the Tour’s official Twitter feed, []@PGAEuroProTour.[/url]

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