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Mar Hall: The Key Holes

Mar Hall: The Key Holes

August 7th, 2012

The MarHall.com Scottish Classic gets underway on Wednesday morning.

With just four events to go before the season-ending Tour Championships, the pressure to find a win and move into the top five of the Order of Merit is building. Ahead of the Mar Hall event we spoke to course head professional Jamie Darling, who detailed five holes he believes could play a crucial part in this week’s tournament.

Third – The Round House
Par: 4; Yards: 405
“The third is a short par four and with the right wind it is drivable but it is a 90-degree dog leg and your tee shot is blind to the green. It is a risk and reward hole. There is a bunker which will gather up any ball which drifts a bit to the right but if you get a good tee shot away you have the opportunity to hit the green.”

Fourth – Freelands Park
Par: 4; Yards: 449
“In my opinion this is the toughest hole on the golf course. It is a long par four that bottle necks about 260 yards down, which is where you might be driving into. There is only about 10 yards of fairway between a big oak tree and a water hazard, so you really need to think whether you wish to try and get passed that and leave yourself a shorter second shot, or whether to play up with a rescue club and leave yourself a 200 yard second shot to a heavily bunkered, sloping green.”

Twelfth – The Brigadier
Par: 4; Yards: 435
“If you get a good tee shot away you can get onto the plateaux and leave yourself 160 yards in. The 12th has a huge green so you can add another 35-40 yards if the pin is at the back left of the green. If you find yourself at the front of the green you could be looking at up to a 50-yard putt.”

Fourteenth – Kilpatrick
Par: 4; Yards: 352
“The 14th is a short par four which is very much risk and reward. Bigger hitters will be able to find the green from the tee but it is heavily guarded with bunkers down the left side and if you don’t hit the green it is a tough up and down. The sensible shot would be to knock a long iron down the right and leave yourself 80-100 yards in but you do have the risk and reward of trying to tee it up with the driver.”

Eighteenth – The Reservior
Par: 4; Yards: 413
“Eighteen is a very deceiving hole to the eye. It is a very difficult tee shot because, as you look down the hole, if moves to the left first before dog-legging up to the right. It makes it really difficult to get an idea of what shape you want to hit. You really have to think about your tee shot and if you hit too much of a fade you can end up in a bunker on the right or behind a huge oak tree. It is a raised green and again it is a large green, so distance control on the second shot has to be good because you don’t want to leave yourself a 40-yard putt.”


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