For those intending to play in the Golf Magic Forum Open 2015 at John O'Gaunt GC on Wednesday 24th June I thought I'd give you a bit of a guide from my point of view to the 18 holes that form the Carthegena course.
I'll post one hole guide every few days. Feel free to comment, criticise, lambast or whatever.....it's Open season!!
Hole number 1 is a par 4, 370 yards from the yellows, 360 from the reds. It usually plays into the prevailing wind.
It's OOB down the left and there's a large copse on the right but the fairway is pretty generous - most players bail out to the right.
The approach to the green is uphill all the way so my tip is to take one or two more clubs than you think. The green is large, at least 30 yards from front to back so take the pin placement into account (we run a red/yellow/white flag system). There's a large bunker front left and another front right, between these there's a large apron so it may look like you've reached the green but looks can be deceptive.
A par on the first is a very solid start anything better is worthy of self congratulatory high five. Most of us will be getting a shot on the hole so a bogey is perfectly acceptable, unless you three-putted of course.