Our Course

Hole by Hole

If you haven’t played golf at Douglas Park Golf Club before, then you can look forward to a great experience. Make the most of your trip by learning about some of the nuances to our challenging but fair test of golf as you follow our hole-by-hole tour.

Hole 1 – Kilmardinny

402 Yards, Par 4

A tough opening hole where straight hitting is rewarded. The tee shot should be aimed down the right centre of the fairway to avoid the out of bounds on the left and the trees on the right. The green is slightly raised and falls off to the left and at the back. Avoid the bunkers front left and to the right of the green.

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Hole 2 – Neck

344 Yards, Par 4

A short left to right dogleg where position off the tee is imperative. From an elevated tee, aim down the left centre with long iron or a hybrid avoiding the out of bounds on the left and the trees on the right. Depending on the direction of the wind and ground conditions, club selection is vital to avoid trouble.

A slightly uphill approach shot is required to a two-tiered green bunkered front left that falls dramatically off on the left side.

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Hole 3 – Firs

132 Yards, Par 3

A well-executed straight tee shot is rewarded and should be aimed at the right centre of the long narrow green as it slopes from right to left. Avoiding the greenside bunkers is imperative for making par.

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Hole 4 – Boclair

442 Yards, Par 4

One of the toughest and most picturesque holes on the course has a considerably downhill tee shot with a driver or less depending on the wind and ground conditions should be played to the corner of the 90-degree dogleg avoiding the trees and the out of bounds down the right side.

The approach shot is played to a large two-tiered green with greenside bunkers left and right. Favour the left side as out of bounds is only a few yards to the right of the green.

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Hole 5 – Hedge

240 Yards, Par 3

This is the longest par 3 on the course which plays slightly downhill. Depending on the wind, a driver can be needed for the tee shot to reach the gently raised flattish green avoiding the bunker front left. If you do miss the green, don’t short side yourself otherwise you will have a tricky pitch.

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Hole 6 – Victorious VI

311 Yards, Par 4

A short par 4 that requires an accurate approach shot to a green hidden from the tee. The tee shot should be aimed at the marker post or slightly left of it to leave the best angle for the approach.

Avoid the first set of fairway bunkers found on the course – two on the left and the one on the right which is hidden from the tee. An accurate approach shot, sometimes played off a downhill lie, is required to find a green bunkered front left and front right.

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Hole 7 – Dougalston

385 Yards, Par 4

A difficult dogleg left to right played to a well-guarded elevated green. A tee shot to the left side of the fairway and avoiding the burn opens up a shot to the green. Depending on the direction of the wind, club selection is vital to avoid trouble.

The approach shot is played to an elevated green with bunkers left and front right. Watch out for the Allander River just to right of the green.

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Hole 8 – Knowe

433 Yards, Par 4

Stroke Index 1 on the card and measuring 433 yards uphill making it feel a lot longer. The tee shot should be aimed at the centre of the fairway with a driver avoiding the trees either side and the bunker on the left. The approach shot is played uphill to a green with a false front and bunkered front left and front right.

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Hole 9 – Haugh

467 Yards, Par 4

Measured at 467 yards but played significantly downhill. The tee shot should be aimed at the centre of the fairway with a driver avoiding the trees either side. The approach shot is a slightly downhill shot sometimes played off a downhill lie over a burn that crosses the fairway to a green that slopes back to front with a bunker front right.

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Hole 10 – Burnbrae

483 Yards, Par 5

The longest hole on the course and reachable with two well-placed shots. Aim the tee shot at the centre of the fairway with a driver avoiding the trees on the left side, and the burn and out of bounds down the right.

A straight second shot is required to avoid the bunkers down the left and the trees which overhang on the right, though the right side of the fairway is favoured for the best angle for the approach to the green which is a slight uphill shot to a wickedly sloping green bunkered left and right. Best to leave yourself an uphill putt on this green.

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Hole 11 – Island

308 Yards, Par 4

A short tricky par 4 where position off the tee is imperative. The elevated tee position and exposure to the elements can make club selection tricky for the tee shot. Aim at the right side of the fairway to avoid the trees down the left, the burn crossing the fairway and the out of bounds down the right. A slightly uphill approach shot follows to a small green, bunkered left and front right, that falls dramatically off on the right side.

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Hole 12 – Whin Hill

110 Yards, Par 3

An uphill par 3 that plays longer than its yardage. The tee shot is played directly uphill to a long narrow green, favour the left-hand side to avoid the right greenside bunker.

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Hole 13 – Roman Wall

477 Yards, Par 5

The second par 5 on the back nine is an undulating right to left dogleg. With a driver, aim the tee shot at the marker post or slightly left of it for the most direct line. The second is a blind shot, favour the higher right side of the fairway, aiming at the 2nd marker post or slightly to the right of it to give the best line and view for the approach which, depending on the line of the shot to the green, can be either uphill or slightly downhill to a green that slopes from front to back and falls dramatically off on the left side. This is the only green on the course not guarded by bunkers.

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Hole 14 – Dyke

381 Yards, Par 4

A medium length par 4 with a wickedly sloping right to left fairway. Aim the tee shot down the right side of the fairway with a driver as this helps to avoid the out of bounds on the left. The approach shot is often played with the ball above your feet to a large green sloping from back to front and bunkered on the left and front right.

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Hole 15 – Mount

200 Yards, Par 3

A difficult uphill par 3 to the highest point on the course where the ground falls off both left and right of the green. Aim the tee shot at the left centre of the green as it slopes from left to right, avoiding the greenside bunkers both left and right. Depending on the direction and strength of the wind, club selection and strategy can vary dramatically.

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Hole 16 – Braes

399 Yards, Par 4

A downhill par 4 where choosing the correct strategy on the approach shot is imperative. Aim tee shot at the left centre of the fairway with a driver to achieve the greatest distance as it slopes from left to right. Plenty of room off the tee here, though avoid the out of bounds left. The approach is played downhill to a green that slopes from back to front and has a bunker running down the right side. An approach landing short right of the green will usually receive a favourable bounce.

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Hole 17 – Wood

136 Yards, Par 3

A tricky par 3 played over a valley that requires a precise tee shot to avoid trouble. Aim at the left half of the green avoiding the bunkers front left and front right. Avoid missing the green right at all costs as it falls dramatically off on the right side where your ball can end up in big trouble. A tricky shot when the wind is up.

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Hole 18 – Home

331 Yards, Par 4

A stunning par 4 finishing hole played from an elevated tee right towards the clubhouse which sits behind the green. The tee shot should be aimed down the right centre of the fairway to achieve the best angle for the approach to the green avoiding the bunkers and trees both left and right. With the clubhouse framed in the background, the approach is played to a large two-tiered green surrounded by three bunkers.

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