Hole 1 ATLANTIC
One of the most challenging opening holes in Bermuda. This dogleg left requires a right to left shaped tee shot to a fairway flanked by bunkers on either side. The second shot is played to a large green with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. The green is guarded by relatively deep bunkers on the left and a false front.
This hole requires utmost attention to the wind direction, which generally quarters from left to right to directly in your face. A driver followed by a mid to long iron to a large green will be a challenge to the best of golfers. In the event of a following wind, it is possible to drive through the fairway into the bushes.
Hole 2 LONG
A reachable dogleg left hole. The fairway bunker on the left requires a 276-yard carry, which leaves the player an uphill, semi-blind shot to a deep sloped back to front green guarded by bunkers on all sides.
An easy birdie hole if you drive the ball long and between the two fairway bunkers. A long iron threaded between two nasty bunkers sets up the birdie.
Hole 3 EDEN
One of the most picturesque Par 3s in Bermuda. Players must take care in judging the Ocean breeze when picking a club on the tee. The green is surrounded by deep bunkers and slopes back to front.
Wind is the dominant factor on this hole. What you feel on the tee is not necessarily what is happening at the green. Depending upon the wind, you will play a mid to long iron.
Hole 4 MANGROVE
A short, uphill Par 4 which after a long iron off the tee will leave the player just a wedge to the green. The second shot is blind to a double-tiered green sloping severely from back to front. with a tail wind, long hitters may choose to attempt to drive the green.
A long iron lay-up shot is the safest, will be short of the fairway bunkers and will allow a short to mid-iron shot from a level lie to an elevated green. There is a premium on proper club selection to this two-tiered green.
Hole 5 CAPE
This Treacherous Par 4 boasts an elevated tee perched overlooking Mangrove Lake, which makes the carry to the fairway appear much longer than it plays. A fairway metal should leave the player a medium to short iron into this uniquely designed putting surface, guarded by a steep embankment which leads down into a pair of bunkers. This long green features a steep slope on the right side which ricochets approach shots to the center of the green.
This is one of the most beautiful golf holes in the World. a good drive will permit a mid-iron shot to a narrow banana shaped green sloping from right to left.
Hole 6 BROW
A short par 4, which features a blind tee shot over an elevated ridge to the fairway below, leaving the players a short pitch to a tricky, front-to-back sloping green, guarded by bunkers long. The slope and grain running to the back makes stopping the ball from such a short distance challenging. Some players may choose to lay-up to the top of the ridge s as to hit a full wedge into the green.
A short hole with a large hill that hides the green from the tee. With a good drive left of center over the hill, you have only a 50-60-yard tricky pitch which offers a substantial penalty if you roll the ball over the green.
Hole 7 SHORT
A downhill par 3, with water fronting both sides of the green. The hole's defense are the swirling winds which makes club selection crucial for the player to find the putting surface. The green slopes back to front and is guarded in the rear by bunkers.
This short par 3 is surrounded by water on two sides and a bunker on the other two sides. Proper club selection of a short to mid-iron is essential.
Hole 8 VALLEY
A short par 4, drivable by long hitters with favorable wind conditions. A long iron off the tee will leave a short wedge into this large green which slopes quite severely back to front, making it paramount the player leaves their approaches under the hole.
A good drive and a wedge will see you to the green on this hole. It is best to be left of the pin for an up-hill putt.
Hole 9 SOUND
A straightaway par 4, with a tee shot played over water. The second shot plays uphill to a semi-blind green split into two distinct halves by a ridge which runs down the green's center. The bowl-shaped green is guarded by bunkers short and long.
An excellent straight away golf hole. A good drive will leave a mid to long iron to an elevated green well-guarded by bunkers.
Hole 10 MERCER HILLA challenging start to the inward nine. A semi-blind tee shot favoring the left side will open the green up for a short iron approach. The green is guarded by a false front and deep bunkers short and long. The hole plays significantly shorter if the players' drives catch the right leaning slope in the fairway but will force a delicate shot over a protective bunker.
A tee shot should be aimed left of center to open up the green. Depending upon wind, as little as a wedge to as much as a 3 iron is required to reach a shallow elevated green whose limited entry is guarded by the most used bunker on the golf course. A mistake long will also put you in trouble.
Hole 11 TROTTS
A par 5 hole where the fairway turns 90 degrees to the left. Most players should be able to reach the green in two with a long iron. Long hitters may choose to cut across the corner and turn the second shot into a mere short iron. The crowned green falls off in all directions, creating a challenging two putt.
An accurate drive off the tee will setup a good birdie chance on this short dog-leg par 5. A fairway wood or long iron followed by a half wedge to a very deep crowned green. Be sure to get your approach up to the pin to avoid a three putt.
Hole 12 HILLSIDE
This the most demanding of mid ocean's par 4s, a right to left shaped tee shot is needed to miss the fairway bunker on the right, which will leave the player a long, uphill second shot to a green sloping left to right. The putting surface is fronted by a shaped slope, so any approach that is short could roll back almost 25 yards.
The second most difficult hole on the course starts off with a blind tee. A perfectly placed drive leaves you a mid to long iron to an elevated green well-guarded by bunkers.
Hole 13 BIARRITZ
The longest par 3 in bermuda. The hole gets its name from the unique swale located just short of the putting surface. This hole requires a long iron or hybrid club to find the green which is framed by bunkers left and right. The green is relatively large and slopes slightly from back to front.
A long par 3 bunkered on both sides. A long iron or wood is required to reach the green.
Hole 14 LEVEN
A short par 4 which requires a drive to the left side of the fairway, leaving just a short iron to a tricky green. The subtle undulations on the putting surface provide some resistance for this short hole. The green slopes from left to right and is guarded by bunkers front, long and left.
An easy par 4 if you drive your ball straight. A short to mid iron will see you to the green.
Hole 15 PUNCH BOWL
This straightaway par 5 requires a good drive to reach the green in regulation. The green is set back atop a ridge which makes the uphill second shot blind to the players.
A straightaway par 5 and an easy birdie for the long hitter. A good drive a wood and a short iron will get you home.
Hole 16 LOOKOUT
Don't let the yardage fool you; this hole is far more difficult that it reads on the scorecard. The blind tee shot must be shaped left to right to find the fairway, which is protected by a deep gorge on the right and trees either side to catch out any errant tee shot. The green slopes severally from back to front, forcing players to leave their approach shots below the hole. Bunkers encircle the green and when the wind is up this often plays as the hardest hole on the course.
This hole reads easy and plays hard. A good drive is mandatory. Too far left will be in bushes and too far right will be in a huge depression. The wind is very tricky for the second shot, being mid to long iron. The elevated green is one of the higher points on the golf course and your shot must account for the wind.
Hole 17 REDAN
This par 3 works with the contour of the land beautifully. The hole gets its name from the unique right to left pitch of the putting surface. Players must play a medium to long iron at the right side of the green to utilize the slope and get the ball close to the pin. The green is protected by bunkers left and right.
An excellent par 3 with the wind playing an important part in club selection. Anything between a mid-iron and a driver may be required to reach a long, narrow green, sloping right to left, well bunkered on both sides.
Hole 18 HOME
The massive green allows a player to go for the green in two but he must avoid the deep bunkers guarding both sides of this bowl shaped green.
A great finishing hole, the entire length is in full view of the clubhouse. To avoid waste area to right of the fairway, drive should be aimed left of center. A mid to long iron second shot to a well bunkered green is most challenging.