Hole by Hole

Hole 1

Hole 1
Professionals Tip

Select a Club from the tee to hit approximately 170 yards. Note the pin position on the 17th Green as you come down the hill.

The opening hole at Erskine is a par 4 where the tee shot should be slightly left of centre to avoid dicing with the water hazard that runs from the right hand side of the fairway parallel with the green. The green is surrounded by bunkers and although it looks straight forward, the second shot can be tricky at times depending on the pin position.

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Hole 2

Hole 2
Professionals Tip

Avoid going left from the tee. Plenty of room on the right hand side. Have a look at the 5th hole from the green.

The second hole begins with a slightly blind tee shot over the brow of the hill. The ideal line here is just left of the trees on the right hand side, as the slope will bring the ball into the middle of the fairway. The green is slightly raised with bunkers front left and front right. The green slopes from back to front, and therefore should be easier to save par from short of the green rather than over the back.

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Hole 3

Hole 3
Professionals Tip

Note the pin position on the 4th green from the 3rd tee. Don't go left from the tee.

The third hole is a par 4 and looks straightforward from the tee. The pin position here should determine whether to play to the centre of the fairway or to the right or left hand side. The approach to the green is protected by bunkers left and right, whilst there are also bunkers to the rear of the green.

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Hole 4

Hole 4
Professionals Tip

Best approach is from the right hand side of the fairway.

The 4th hole is quite a short par 4, again protected by strategically placed bunkers short of the green. The tee shot here should be towards the right hand side of the fairway, leaving a short 2nd shot between or over the bunkers. Out of Bounds to the right of the green.

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Hole 5

Hole 5
Professionals Tip

Club selection is very important from the Tee.

The 5th hole is a sharp dog leg right. Safe tee shot here is to the plateau short of the fir trees guarding the 6th green. The 2nd shot will be a short iron to the green below. It may be possible to drive over the trees at the corner of the dog leg, but carries the risk of having to negotiate trees short of the green. A tall tree protects the right hand side of the green with bunkers left and right.

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Hole 6

Hole 6
Professionals Tip

Take plenty of Club. Plays longer than yardage

The 6th hole is the first of two par threes on the course. Measuring only 134 yards, it looks simple enough, but has its subtle difficulties. Correct club selection and accuracy here are vital as the green is surrounded by bunkers and protected by the fir trees on the left. The green slopes from back to front, so best to be short of the pin, if possible, leaving an uphill putt.

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Hole 7

Hole 7
Professionals Tip

Bunker short right of Green gives illusion that hole is shorter. Play to the yardage.

The 7th hole is one of the longer par 4 holes on the course, where the tee shot should be directed towards the right hand side, avoiding the fairway bunkers, with the slope bringing it back towards the centre. The bunker to the right of the fairway will usually gather up stray tee shots, resulting in little chance of saving par. The green can also be hazardous if the pin position is towards the front, near the slope.

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Hole 8

Hole 8
Professionals Tip

If your approach shot to the Green looks to be big,its good.

The 8th tee is at the highest point of the golf course with outstanding panoramic views of the clyde estuary. Aim left here from the tee. The second shot can be flown all the way to the green or played onto the gradient short of the green allowing the contours to take it onto the putting surface. Greenside bunker to the right and mounding to the left of the green.

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Hole 9

Hole 9
Professionals Tip

Err to left from the tee, avoid hidden bunker short of the Green.

The 9th hole is the only par 5 on the golf course. There are water hazards to the right hand side of the fairway and also disecting the fairway at around 150 yards from the green. Trees left and right will catch stray tee shots. Clearing the water hazard with ones second shot is generally possible, but into a head wind can prove to be too risky. Greenside bunkers left and right will demand an accurate approach shot.

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Hole 10

Hole 10
Professionals Tip

Try to avoid the bunker to right of the green

Aim to the right hand side from the 10th tee and the contours will bring the ball back into the middle of the fairway. The second shot again requires a good degree of accuracy with the tree and bunkers guarding the left hand side of the green, another bunker protects the right hand side. Fairway bunkers left and right from the tee.

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Hole 11

Hole 11
Professionals Tip

Play to the yardage and err to the Right

The second and final Par 3 on the course. A medium long iron or a wood will be required from the tee to find the green. With bunkers short, right and left, the green is well protected, any stray shots will almost certainly require a delicate chip to save par. The bunker at the front of the green can give the illusion that the hole is shorter than the given yardage.

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Hole 12

Hole 12
Professionals Tip

Avoid trees to the Left of the Green.

The 12th hole is one of the longer par 4 holes on the golf course, where birdies are hard to come by. The best line from the tee is towards the left hand side of the fairway, opening up the green for the second shot. The green is protected by trees on the left hand side and a bunker front right.

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Hole 13

Hole 13
Professionals Tip

Take plenty club for approach shot. Little trouble over the green.

The 13th hole demands an accurate tee shot to avoid the fairway bunkers. The second shot again requires accuracy to find the putting surface, due to the water hazard short of the green and the bunkering left and right.

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Hole 14

Hole 14
Professionals Tip

Try to approach from right side of fairway.

The 14th hole is regarded as the one of the most attractive holes on the golf course, with the River Clyde lapping the shore here. Out Of Bounds directly behind the green. Fairway bunkers await the stray tee shot.

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Hole 15

Hole 15
Professionals Tip

Avoid the ditch short of Green. Accurate Tee Shot required.

The 15th hole is tree lined on both sides, so accuracy here is a must to avoid playing the second shot from within the trees. There is also a water hazard short of the green and bunkers left and right. Fairway bunkers are also to be avoided.

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Hole 16

Hole 16
Professionals Tip

Play for a bogey and you will probably make par.

The 16th is probably the most difficult hole at Erskine, its a long par four and is generally played into the prevailing wind. Reaching the green in two may be possible at times, but generally bogies are more common here than pars or birdies.

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Hole 17

Hole 17
Professionals Tip

Four club green. Make sure you are up.

The 17th fairway slopes from left to right, therefore the tee shot should be played towards the left of the fairway. Ending up on the right hand side may result in having to negotiate the large tree protecting the green on that side. There is also a water hazard short of the green.

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Hole 18

Hole 18
Professionals Tip

Chip and run to the Green, especially when the pin is on the back level.

The 18th hole is a short par 4 where the tee shot is played over the brow of the hill. Reaching the green from the tee may be a possibilty, but the green is protected by well positioned bunkers. The 18th also has a two tier green sloping from back to front. Through the green may result in being of Out Of Bounds.

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