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Rowallan Castle: Inside Track

Rowallan Castle: Inside Track

July 27th, 2012

The 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour is off to Scotland for a fortnight as we move into the final third of the season.

Rowallan Castle in Ayrshire hosts the first of two consecutive events north of Hadrian’s Wall. The course was designed by Colin Montgomerie and the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters represents its EuroPro Tour debut.

Ahead of the event we spoke to head professional Ross Aitkin for our regular ‘Inside Track’ feature. Here’s what he had to say about the course:

Rowallan Castle
“We have two castles within the grounds of the course. One is on the eighth hole and the other is behind the 18th green. The golf course is modern and very well bunkered from all of the tees. It’s just short of 7,000 yards off the championship tees and being three years old it is in good condition and, especially in the last year, it has evolved really well. Every hole has a bit of character; there aren’t many holes which you would describe as bland. I would say that all of them have been shaped well, bunkered well and the greens are difficult.”

Hazards
“We have water on the right-hand side at the first which may come into play if you are hitting into the wind. We have water going three quarters of the way around the green at the second, which is a great little par three. Five and 16 also have ponds near the green which can come into play, and the course is very well bunkered all the way around.”

Who it suits
“A player who is good off the tee will do well. The fairways don’t have too much run but if you are long and straight you will do well around here. The par fives are generally played as par fives so you need to have a good short game.”

A good score
“In one round a good score from the back pegs would be three under par. We have a few risk-and-reward par fours which could let you pick up some shots if you are willing to take the gamble but the par fives are ones which don’t provide a lot of eagle chances.”

Top Tip
“My top tip would be to plan out each hole; getting into position off the tee is probably the most important thing to do at Rowallan. If you can get into a good position off the tee then that would give you a chance to get onto the green in regulation and be in the right position. So being smart off the tee would be my top tip.”


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