Join us for a stimulating day of golf on our world-class championship course that pays homage to the great links courses of the British Isles. Test your skill against challenges designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, one of the games most renowned strategic thinkers, as you take in stunning views overlooking the sparkling blue waters of Lake Taupo.
The approach shot is to a slightly elevated green with bunkers guarding the front. Leaving yourself a shorter 2nd shot will allow the trajectory required to stop the ball on the putting surface.
Conservative players should favour the left-hand side off the tee. This green has some serious undulations. If you go through the green you will be confronted with a tricky chip.
There will be more bogeys than birdies on this hole so hitting the putting surface is your main priority.
For longer hitters it’s a big hit to carry the left-hand fairway traps. A long tee shot on this hole will often result in a downhill lie for your 2nd shot making your approach more difficult to flight and control.
Favour the right hand side of the fairway with your tee shot as this will offer you a better view of the green for your 2nd shot.
The fairway banks form right to left. Longer hitters can take dead aim at the green but this requires a very long carry over the three traps guarding the green. Par is a good score on this hole.
However, it is well guarded with bunkers and subtle slopes. For those not pin-seeking, take dead aim at the centre of the green for a good result.
It’s possible to cut off some of the hole's distance from the tee but the further left you aim the greater the carry you’ll require.
The fairway narrows the further you drive. The 2nd shot is to an elevated green. The major trouble by the green is for a shot lost to the right. Take one more club than you think if in any doubt as a shot finishing short will leave a tough “up and down”.
Longer hitters you can aim left of this however the further left you aim the greater the carry required to reach the fairway. This green is deeper front to back on the right side so take this into account when playing your approach.
Take into account the wind direction when selecting your club. Anywhere on the putting surface is a well played shot.
Aim at the left hand traps on your second shot to leave a view of the green for your approach. Longer hitters: for those trying to get home in two, try shaping the ball left-to-right off of the left-hand fairway traps as there is a channel onto the green that will reward this shot if executed well.
If you can squeeze a few extra yards off of the tee you will have a better view of the green for your 2nd shot.
Trust the yardage on your 2nd shot as your eyes may fool you into thinking the distance is not as far as it seems.
You do not want to finish short or left of this green so bear this in mind when visualising your tee-shot and especially when selecting your club.
Aim left of the right hand fairway traps visible from the tee. For the longer hitters you may wish to have a crack over the valley in two but a 2nd shot played to the fairway on the right will leave an inviting approach for your 3rd shot.
It pays not to be short so it is worth taking one more club than you think you need. Anything short of or left of the green will make the task of making par more difficult.
Aim between the left and right hand fairway traps. For the longer hitters who feel that there is enough gas left in the tank they can attempt to fly the left hand fairway trap. A second shot to the right offers a nice approach for your 3rd- for those taking it on in two be aware that anything left short will be wet, as the slopes at the front of the green will gather your ball for an early bath!