Hole by Hole
Storws Wen Golf Club
The first hole here at Storws Wen Golf Club is a tricky par 4 approaching to an elevated green with some of the best views around. The drive from this first tee is typically into the breeze which can be a challenge. An accurate drive of 200+ yards will still leave a difficult approach shot up hill.
The second hole takes you to the one of the highest points of the course with stunning views across to the Snowdonia Mountain Range. A daunting tee shot towards a narrowing fairway and a water hazard. The preferred shot is to lay up short of the hazard leaving a more manageable approach.
With a green that is not visible from your tee position and a fairway that will run out at 210 yards, the sensible approach is to lay up to your strengths. Ideally a short iron or a wedge to yet another elevated green should secure an easy par. Players should be mindful of the breeze edging in from the North East. This will cause issues upon approach.
One of the most picturesque holes in Welsh golf, this par four should be straightforward enough. A good knowledge of the shape of your tee shot is integral as you will be driving blind. The fairway opens up to the left side, but you can play yourself into trouble there. Approach is to a beautiful green, but players should know their yardage and strike with confidence.
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The tee shot for this long par three is elevated and is sheltered from the breeze. You can expect a right to left ball flight but gauging how much will be a tricky decision. Once executed, it should be a simple up and down if the green is missed off the tee.
This long par 5 is made a little easier with a wide fairway and the wind typically being behind you, could yield an opportunity for a birdie. Ensuring your drive finds the fairway, you are left with a long approach which, for most should be an instigated lay up to the left side of the fairway. This will take the tree's to the right on approach, and the bunker front right of the green, out of play.
The 7th is a lovely par 4 playing over a lake with a tributary that runs the entire right side of the fairway. Arcing left just in front of the green, will leave a short but tricky approach for the longer hitters. A lay-up is a sensible option and play for a par. Be aware that over the tributary is Out of Bounds and could easily turn a relatively straightforward par 4 into a disaster.
Hole eight has the same issue as seven with a wayward drive leaving you out of bounds. A secure straight tee shot will leave you a chance of hitting this green in regulation but there is absolutely no shame in laying up short of the lake in front of the green. The approach will almost certainly be into the wind so know your yardage and strike with confidence.
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