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Bognor Golf Course hole one

Hole One

par 4 | 431 yards | stroke index 8

Darwin's Description
The first is a capital hole, with its narrow drive through a gap in the trees, and an equally narrow second shot bending to the left. Watch out to be too long from the tee, favour the left side to shorten the hole, but it will always be a long iron at least for the 2nd. Take a Par and know your off to a great start, worse and take heart most others will do the same.
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Hole Two

par 3 | 198 yards | stroke index 6

Darwin's Description
The 2nd is less fierce, 198 yards long, it is a good short hole against the prevailing wind. There are bunkers to right and left, but the green is kindly and has something of a back wall, so that a well struck ball may run pleasantly near the hole.
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Hole Three

par 4 | 321 yards | stroke index 14

Darwin's Description
For the 3rd we have the rife on our left and a fine large bunker on the right. The hole is 321 yards long - a comfortable drive and pitch - and not too difficult unless the greenkeeper is in diabolic mood and cuts the hole in the right hand corner of the green.
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Hole Four

par 4 | 343 yards | stroke index 4

Darwin's Description
The 4th does not look difficult either, but it is something of a ‘flat-catching’ hole. It is 343 yards long and appears to need just two straightforward shots that should avoid the grosser forms of error, but let us not be impetuous. There is a little stream that comes inconspicuously winding its way into the right edge of the green, and the slightest slice will mean tragedy. “See how this river comes ever cranking in” says Hotspur in Henry IV, and that is just what we shall say with an aggrieved air when we unexpectedly find our ball in that ditch.
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Hole Five

par 3 | 132 yards | stroke index 18

Darwin's Description
A little respite at the 5th, which is no more than 132yds long. Only a mashie-niblick shot but a good shot, too, with lone trees on either side as sentinels, some bunkers and not too big a green. This hole is one of the particular favourites of James Braid.
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Hole Six

par 4 | 286 yards | stroke index 16

Darwin's Description
The 6th will give the mighty driver his chance, but he must take a risk as well as hit a big shot. The hole is 286yds long, and between the tee and the green stretches an avenue of willows. The orthodox play for the ordinary man is to drive straight down and then, turning to the left, pitch between a few pollarded willows through which there is a perfectly good view of the hole. That should suffice for a four and quite an entertaining four, but he who thirsts for threes and thrills, will go straight for the green over the highest of the willows and may carry them.
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Hole Seven

par 5 | 469 yards | stroke index 12

Darwin's Description
The 7th at 469yds long is quite a good long hole, dog-legged to the right with a very straight and narrow way up to the green, and regiments of bunkers on either side. Reachable in two if your feeling strong, a birdie might set you up nicely for the next couple of holes, beware the river is approaching!
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Hole Eight

par 4 | 392 yards | stroke index 2

Darwin's Description
We draw closer to the turn at the 8th at 392yds long, with a tee shot pregnant with possibilities of woe. We can play a straight cowardly short shot to the right, but then we cannot reach the green in two. The bold shot and the profitable one is to carry the Rife, cutting off just as big a corner as ever we dare and so home with an iron onto a green of deceitful humps and hollows. It will be a good four if we do it.
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Hole Nine

par 5 | 559 yards | stroke index 10

Darwin's Description
The 9th at 559yds will be a good sound five, for there is still the Rife lurking for us on the left and rough and uneven ground for the slicer. Be brave and aim for the tall tree with a touch of fade, then finding the right side of fairway leaves a medium iron to the green and hopefully a strong finish to the front 9.
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Hole Ten

par 3 | 163 yards | stroke index 13

Darwin's Description
The 10th but 162yds long - with a quaint little hole tucked away in a corner. Behind the green is a formidable hedge, and we shall probably be so frightened of it that we shall pitch timorously short with the big bunker in front of the green.
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Hole Eleven

par 4 | 440 yards | stroke index 5

Darwin's Description
The next three holes go up, down and then up again in a rather a narrow space, and there is a little family likeness between them. Each has however, some charateristic of its own…… At the 11th at 440yds you will find a green narrowing somewhat to a point. However before you can enjoy that vista two shots of considerable length must be played, special care being taken to avoid the two large trees on the right side of the fairway.
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Hole Twelve

par 4 | 391 yards | stroke index 1

Darwin's Description
The 12th at 391 yards will probably be christened ‘The Gully’ , from the way in which the green lies like a gorge between hills that are crowned by sandy chasms. However, to enjoy that view first you must find the green in two, not an easy task though favouring the left side of fairway from the tee gives you the best possible route home, just be sure not to dabble with the ditches just where you think a good shot might land.
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Hole Thirteen

par 4 | 343 yards | stroke index 11

Darwin's Description
The 13th at 343 yards has a very picturesque archipelago of bunkers in front of the green, the front most bunker playing a cunning role in decieving the player into coming up short of the green. Be sure to take enough club to find the putting surface.
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Hole Fourteen

par 4 | 335 yards | stroke index 15

Darwin's Description
The 14th is a little shorter at 335 yards, and if we like to go for a break-neck carry over a ditch we can make it shorter still, but we had much better play, cannily, away to the left, and so comfortably home with an iron.
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Hole Fifteen

par 3 | 217 yards | stroke index 3

Darwin's Description
At the 15th we have a different type of hole altogether. This is what one may call a “long-shot” hole. It is 217 yards long, so that a good shot with a wooden club should get there, but it must be a good one because there are bunkers that will catch impartially either a long crooked shot or a short crooked shot. All varieties of mistakes have been thoughtfully catered for.
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Hole Sixteen

par 4 | 345 yards | stroke index 7

Darwin's Description
To the left of the tee, you now approach a little pool overhung with branches. It is called “The Wish” and here, once a year on a moonlit night, the village girls were supposed to come to look into the water for the faces of their future husbands. It must be admitted that today those faces would be obscured by duck-weed, but it is an engaging tradition and an engaging spot. If we were to look upon the waters of “The Wish” for the fate of our next tee shot, the result might be alarming, for it is as good and terrifying a tee shot as I have seen for some time. The hole is 345yds long. On the left waiting for a hook is a hedge and a ditch. On the right is a bunker and lone trees impede forward progress. The shot is not really as bad as it looks, but it wants some playing. So does the second, an iron shot on to a green in something of a water-hazard hollow, with bunkers on either hand and water to be negotiated in front. Altogether a capital hole.
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Hole Seventeen

par 4 | 337 yards | stroke index 17

Darwin's Description
The 17th at 337 yards gives us plenty of room for our drive. If we hit a good one, we play an iron shot a little to the right (for the hole, like a good many others, is slightly “dog-legged” onto a big wavy green guarded to the right and left. Accuracy not distance is imperative for the 1st & 2nd shots, the deceptive green means all but the shortest of putts are straightforward.
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Hole Eighteen

par 4 | 420 yards | stroke index 9

Darwin's Description
And now we are close to “The Wish” again with only one more hole to play and probably a wish for lunch. It is a good, long-driving, straightforward hole that we end with, rough grass on the left, and a diagonal range of grasy knolls and bunkers on the right and a particularly nice wavy green to putt on when we get there.
I do not think we shall have done at all an embarrassingly low score. If we have, we shall certainly have earned it by good and accurate golf, for nothing else will do.