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Chestfield Golf Club

Hole 18
White: 355 Yds Par 4
Yellow: 348 Yds Par 4
Red: 294 Yds Par 4

TIP FROM THE PRO

Hole 18

Complete opposite to the 17th in a few ways: Firstly, it's right-to-left and secondly, it's the short hitters who have to worry about the trouble. The ditch on the left that comes out towards the fairway is definitely in play and the bunker is there to get any balls running up the fairway. This pushes many out to the right and into the trees and the rough there can be difficult. So, I think the important thing here is to pick a target and try to hit it. There is quite a large area between the ditch and the bunker and over to the rough on the right. This is the best place to hit your tee shot as it gives you the biggest margin of error.
From there it is reachable for almost everyone so DON'T try to hit the ball too far here - that is counterproductive. Once again the second shot is not easy so we need to think about what we are doing. The bunkering is very good for a short par 4 and the out of bounds long is certainly something we need to be careful about especially in the summer. So, unless you are hitting a shortish iron that you are confident of finding the green with the logical play is just short. If you can chase something longer on then great but the bunkers will get you very often.
The 18th then is not a tricky hole and does offer us a genuine birdie opportunity. The key is to not go for too much - you don't need to. A good drive, not a long one, gives all of us the chance to make a good score here. The biggest mistakes at the 18th will be made off the tee.




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