New 9-hole loop NOW OPEN! - 18/04/2018

On Tuesday 1st May, opened up four new holes here at Basset Down, which formed part of a new 9-hole loop. Spreading across 40 acres, these new holes replaced our existing holes on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th.

These challenging new holes include 11 bunkers, one quarter of an acre lake and a substantial water feature on the first hole. They also feature 20 acres of wild flowers, seven newt houses and four reed beds, all ensuring the local eco-systems can continue to thrive under new circumstances.

The change-over of our existing loop took place on Tuesday 1st May.  Clearly, having just experienced the wettest winter/spring on record for over 20 years has set us back a little bit in terms of growth. However, nature has a way of catching up and with the forecast set to improve in May, we will continue to work really hard to present the new holes and loop in the best condition possible.

We spoke to one of our PGA Professionals, Ian Bolt, about each of the new holes, who gave us some handy tips from a golfing perspective on what to look out for.

1st Hole: White, 397 yards. Yellow, 377 yards. Red, 341 yards.

(Par 4)

The first of our new holes is a left to right dog leg. A good tee shot is required to give players a good view for the second shot. Longer hitters may take on the carry over the corner, but with water waiting to catch any errant tee shot, caution may be the best policy. An accurate second shot is required to a generous skyline green. A deep bunker awaits a pushed second shot. Par is a good score on this hole


2nd Hole: White, 137 yards. Yellow, 121 yards. Red, 107 yards.

(Par 3) 

After a tricky first hole, this short par 3 should provide a good birdie chance. But beware of the pot bunker on the left of the green.


3rd Hole. White, 321 yards. Yellow, 309 yards. Red, 258 yards.

(Par 4)

This is a challenging short par 4, with water on the left and out of bounds on the right. This hole will be played with the prevailing wind behind. A good tee shot of any length will still leave a demanding approach shot to a long narrow green.

4th Hole. White, 368 yards. Yellow, 352 yards. Red, 309 yards.

(Par 4) 

This hole requires a tee shot avoiding bunkers both on the left and right, but also the correct distance. The second shot will be made all the easier by playing from the fairway to a well bunkered green.


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