| Wednesday, 17 October 2018
About Hole 1
A nice gentle opener, the marker post is a good line for your tee shot. Any drive reaching the top of the hill or further will have an inviting approach to the green, which is guarded by three bunkers and slopes from back to front. Any putt back down the green must be viewed with caution. A par start will set you up for a good round.
About Hole 2
This hole will get your attention. It is a tough drive, with out of bounds on the right and a bunker on the left. If this is negotiated then a long second shot is required, with the green tucked close to the OOB on the right and no bail out left. A par is very welcome.
About Hole 3
Although stroke index 18, this is by no means an easy par three. The lie of the land partially obscures the green and the distance is foreshortened with its downhill perspective. However a solid tee shot will leave a birdie opportunity.
About Hole 4
Now it's time to open the shoulders, although there is a fairly wide target for the drive. The longer hitters have a real chance of reaching the green in two and making birdie. The green is protected by two bunkers at the front, so it's essential to use enough club for your approach.
About Hole 5
This is one of the toughest holes at Burnham and a long tee shot is required to reach the level part of the fairway. From there you can see the whole green. The approach is played over a valley so anything short will stop where it lands. A tough par.
About Hole 6
This is a very testing par three. At well over two hundred yards, hitting the green is the first challenge. Once there the green has some significant breaks which can be difficult to read. A par is a welcome score.
About Hole 7
After the previous two holes, seven always feels like a bit of a rest. Caution must be taken with the fairway bunkers, but avoid those and a possible birdie chance awaits. The green is well guarded but with a short iron the pin can be chased.
About Hole 8
This hole is all about the tee shot. A slight draw round the corner avoiding the fairway bunker and the hard work is done. The green has two bunkers at the front but again the pin is usually accessible with a short iron.
About Hole 9
The ninth is again about the tee shot. There is a large pit to the right of the fairway which gathers any errant shot and the second from there has little future. The green is probably the longest on the course so, if the pin is at the back take an extra club.
About Hole 10
Don't look at the big sleeper faced bunker! Actually it doesn't really come into play but does offer an impressive visual distraction. A solid shot will find the green and a par will result.
About Hole 11
Only the longest hitters can reach this in two. A drive into a valley leaves a lay up shot between two fairway bunkers. The approach to the green looks shorter than it is so trust the yardage and take enough club.
About Hole 12
Stroke index one and it deserves it. A long sweeping dogleg, right side gives you the best view of the green for your approach, but will play longer. The green slopes from back to front and any putt downhill can easily get away.
About Hole 13
One of those tricky short holes, well bunkered with a small step in the green. The bunkers seem to foreshorten the distance and tempt you to hit less club than you need. Play for the centre and you will have a holeable birdie putt.
About Hole 14
The drive will need much attention to avoid trees on either side. A slight fade round the corner will give you the best approach, but overdo it and you are staring at a bogey or worse. The approach is semi blind and the green is no pushover....take a par!
About Hole 15
This is a definite birdie hole which can be driven by the longest hitters. The green is quite generous for a short par four but has some subtle breaks, so holing out can leave you scratching your head.
About Hole 16
This is a reachable par five and another birdie opportunity. The drive has to avoid the fairway bunkers and then the green can be reached. There is a small step at the back of the green so putts can be awkward.
About Hole 17
The first of two tough holes to finish. The par three is well guarded by five bunkers and has a step running through the middle of the green. Get a par here and walk briskly to the next tee.
About Hole 18
This is another one to get your attention. There is OOB all the way down the right and over the back of the green. A copse on the right is perfect for any drifted drive. The front of the green is well guarded by two bunkers, so a par here makes that well earned drink at the bar taste even better.