Galgorm Castle: The Key Holes

Galgorm Castle: The Key Holes

May 27th, 2012

After an entertaining week of top-class golf at a sun-drenched Bovey Castle, the PGA EuroPro Tour is moving to Ballymena in Northern Ireland for the Ulster Bank Open.

The tournament gets underway on Wednesday and ahead of the fourth Tour event of the summer we caught up with Galgorm Castle’s resident pro Phil Collins.

On Saturday we brought you his ‘Inside Track’ on the course and today he details Galgorm’s five key holes.

Par: 4; Yards: 321
“A new tee box has been built since the EuroPro Tour event last year. This is a driveable par four for the longer hitters with a carry over the bunker of 280 yards. For the players laying up the ideal position is from the right-hand side of the fairway. There is a mound at the front of the green and any ball catching it will end up in the greenside bunker. Miss the green left and you will struggle to make a par as the green slopes away from you.”

Par: 5; Yards: 560
“This is a fantastic par five with trouble everywhere. Players must carry the ball 220 yards to make the fairway. There is a lake on the right-hand side just off the fairway with trees and heavy rough on the left. There is a large oak tree in the distance and this is the ideal line.

“The hole doglegs to the right with the second shot but players have to shape the ball left to right to avoid the tall trees at the corner of the dogleg. There is trouble on the left with a hazard and heavy rough on the right.
“A new bunker has been built at the front right of the green and will catch the longer hitters having a go for the green in two.
Players will be happy to walk away with a par here.”

Par: 4; Yards: 425
“This hole has had fantastic changes since last year. A new tee box has been built 40 yards further back and towards the River Maine and the bank on the right hand side has been lowered so players have a full view up the river.

“It’s a very daunting tee shot hitting along the river. Hit it left and you will be fortunate to find the ball amongst the trees and heavy rough. Finding the fairway will leave a straight-forward approach to the green with a mid iron.

Par: 3; Yards: 177
The fourteenth is a fantastic par three with the River Maine along the right winding its way around the back of the green. A bunker protects the front right of the green and the green is very shallow. A precise iron shot will find the green but short or long and it will be difficult to make par.”

Par: 4; Yards: 451
“This hole starts from an elevated tee hitting down to a fairway that slopes left to right. The ideal tee shot is the left-hand side of the fairway leaving a mid-iron shot to the green. Miss the fairway on the right and you will not be able to go for the green in two due to a group of trees on the right-hand side. The green is two tier and slopes from back to front with a large bunker protecting it.”

A field of 156 players will begin the 54-hole strokeplay event with a cut of the top 50 and ties being made after 36 holes. A live leaderboard will be available on this website along with regular updates which will also be posted on the Tour’s official Twitter page, []@PGAEuroProTour[/url]

Entry and car parking is free to spectators and all those in attendance will receive a free programme and time sheet on arrival. As well as three days of exciting professional golf the course is also hosting at ‘Boys Toys’ tented village including attractions such as Lexus, Ecurie25 Supercars and Bushmills Distillery. For younger spectators Junior Golf Ireland will be on site to offer FREE golf lessons to children.

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