Course Condition & Overview
Winter of 2015/2016
It will not come as a surprise that the course had suffered during the winter. It has rained so much and so often that it has been almost impossible to work on the course. A wheel rut takes a long time to mend. In addition it has been so mild the grass has continued to grow at a time it should be dormant and resting. What long term effect this will have we shall have to wait and see but rest assured the greens staff will do their utmost to present the course in the best condition possible. It does seem ironic that the main winter task is to build and automatic watering to the first green on the front tine and the coming summer we should see the benefit.
At 6306 yards the Newton St Cyres Golf Course represents one of the longest Pay and Play courses in the region. Combined with it’s interesting and testing design it remains a challenge for all levels of golfer. Add to that a really peaceful location in the countryside with some stunning views all add up to a complete golfing experience.
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Over time we hope to add images & video of each hole layout to show you the best way to play the hole.
Something to get you teeth into right from the start. A slight dogleg to the right on a gentle up slope, the key is to find the fairway & mind the copse on the right and the tiny pond on the left. The green is a narrow one, the right hand edge of which falls vertically into the water hazard. Fortunately the green is fairly flat so it you find it you can reap the reward
A lovely down hill par five. Keep your drive down the right hand side of the fairway and you will gain the best advantage from the slope. Try to get your second shot onto the flat section to set up your third shot to the green where accuracy is at a premium. You must first get your shot over the small stream that guards the front and then get it to stop on the right level of this undulating green.
An up hill tee shot to a tiny green set into the hillside surrounded by banks. Requires an accurate tee shot though the right length is more important than direction, as the banks around the green help the ball back to the hole. Tends to play longer than it first appears. Birdie Change.
The basis to getting a par on this tricky par 4 is putting your drive in the centre of the dogleg. From here you can see what is required, a medium to short iron over the pond that guards the front of the green but misses the steep bank to the left hand side. Over club and you will hit the bank at the back but balls seldom run down from there.
Probably one of the most difficult par fours on the course it is also one of the most attractive. With out of bounds running all the way down the left hand side and large bank flanking the right there is no option than to hit the ball straight! Even after a good drive you are faced with the challenge of a long shot for your second to the green that is masked by a bank which raps itself across the front of the green.
A bit of respite. A fairway that is nearly as wide as it is long. You can just pick out the top of the flag from the tee but it is best to aim a bit left to avoid running into the left hand rough. A well guarded green but generous in length and faces directly at the fairway. Try to make sure that you get onto the right tier for the flag.
The challenge is the same that all long par threes present and that is a long carry over trouble at the front, in this case the humps and hollows, and keeping it on the green once you have done so. Through the back in this case will leave you half way up the bank. Many choose to lay up and try to get up and down but even the green has a fairly vicious slope.
A genuine dogleg with a very generous fairway if you play down the centre line. If you try to cut the comer you will get tangled up in the rough behind the hump as well as have a very difficult angle to the green. The green itself has awkward gathering hollows on both side and is easy just to slip off.
This is a straightforward hole that isn’t quite as straight as it looks. The fairway bends one way and then the other which often means your shot will finish off the fairway. The biggest challenge though is the green with a large step and if you get the high side of the hole you can be in trouble.
The most unique golf hole for miles around this par four is not only challenging in length but also quite daunting off the tee as you are faced with a terraced hillside with five parallel strips of fairway. In truth it is a very wide fairway for wherever you hit your ball it will roll onto a flat terrace. The secret of the second shot is to get it out beyond the terraces or at least keep it on the terrace you are playing from. Beware of the dead ground between the end of the terraces and the green!
Something a little easier. Sharply uphill, the only real challenge is to hit it far enough to clear the bank in front and not so for as to clear the bank at the back.
Now for a lovely par five with stunning views. The pond extends two thirds of the way across the fairway at 220yds, the second shot needs to be threaded through the two mature oaks with a shot to the green that slopes slightly away from you. Try and pick out the Wellington Monument away to your left though you may need binoculars, the tree covered hump of Killerton is easy to pick out as is the far off Sidmouth gap half right.
A relatively easy shot to an unguarded green but what a green it is? A double green nearly the size of a football field and sloping from right to left, two putts are not easy to achieve.
A dogleg right par four around the end of the pond. Anything to far right will find a watery end but good position in the fairway will make it easier to judge your second to the half obscured green.
Along what we hope will become a fine avenue of Lime Trees you come to the challenge of the curving fairway of the 15th. Long down the left hand side gives you the best chance of a good view of the flag. Make sure you pick out the right flag because this is the other half of the big double green shared with the 13th.
Really most of the difficulty is at the green end. Your drive has to clear the hedge but there is a wide fairway beyond. Don’t aim for the gas pipeline marker in the hedge it is not a marker post for the hole but we are not allowed to take it out. Finish below the green on the left hand side and you might find the ball coming back to you if you don’t hit it firmly enough.
An encouraging down hill par 5 to get you back down into the valley. The trouble is it also slopes from left to right so the left hand side of the fairway is favoured. It is quite difficult to work out just which way the green slopes.
After all the challenges you have faced it would not be right to have any easy hole to finish on. A good drive into the middle of the gap will give you a long to medium shot over the double ponds that will have to clear the sleeper wall at the front of the green. Or you can take a five by going round the right hand side of both of the obstacles. Go on take on the challenge and finish in style!