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Golf Course Sutton Coldfield

Golf Course Sutton Coldfield

Lea Marston Golf Course, Sutton Coldfield

1st Hole

Par 3
Yards – White Tees – 96, Yellow Tees – 92, Red Tees – 82

This may look a simple start to your round, however be aware danger is all around this green. Two small pot bunkers left and right of the green await any shot hit off line, along with the newest addition to the course, the deep front bunker. There is also another larger bunker at the back of the green, which depending on the flag location can be perilous.

Water also protects the left side of the green, but be aware play too safe and slopes on the right side of the green can leave you a very delicate chip. The green itself is a large two tier green with a substantial slope from back to front. Two putting is never easy.

Pro’s Tip

Play for the middle of the green
And hope your putters working

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2nd Hole

Par 3
Yards – White Tees – 172, Yellow Tees – 160, Red Tees – 119

A particularly difficult par3, which depending on the flag location and direction of the wind can play anything from 8 iron to 4 iron. A large lake protects the front portion of this green with any tee shot only slightly hit off line ending up in a watery grave.There is a bail out area down the right side, but be aware Out Of Bounds awaits any tee shot too safe or too far right. Although the green may appear fairly flat, look again subtle slopes and undulations make this a real difficult one to read.

Pro’s Tip

Unless you’re feeling brave a shot down the right side or shot of the trouble is the best play. 
Hopefully your chipping and putting will be up to the task!

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3rd Hole

Par 4
Yards – White Tees – 313, Yellow Tees – 281, Red Tees – 271

The 3rd hole is the first of the par 4’s and is a real risk and reward hole. If playing conservatively, players should be looking to leave a full second shot into this slightly elevated green. However danger lurks all round on this hole.  The fairway is protected by thick rough both left and right, along with a ditch which snakes its way up the left hand side then through the middle of the fairway meeting the first of two large lakes which run up to the right side of the green.For the more adventurous golfer a driver or 3 wood over the ditch to the second portion of fairway is the play, leaving only a small pitch to the green.  However this landing area is a very narrow target and is protected by the two lakes on the right side and another ditch on the left which runs all the way past the green. The green itself is protected by two small pot bunkers left and right.

Pro’s Tips

Playing conservative and laying up is sometimes the best play, big scores have been made by being too brave.

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4th Hole

Par 3/4
Yards – White Tees – 230, Yellow Tees – 156, Red Tees – 150

The 4th is played either as a Par 3 off the red and yellow tees or as a Par 4 from the white tees.  When played from the white tees a lay up is always a sensible play, hitting a shot which is short of the small bunker on the left side of the fairway or the first of two lakes on the right.

 The green itself is very well protected with a large lake on the right, catching any shot which just misses the green.  A small pot bunker awaits any tee shot a little short while a larger bunker is behind the green waiting for anyone who is too aggressive.  A ditch and small bushes protect the left side of the green, so accuracy is imperative. The green slopes from back to front and is very difficult to read, if above the hole, the putt down the slope could be very fast.

Pro’s Tip

When playing from the white tees a conservative approach is the best play, from yellow and red tees a safe shot to the middle of the green is never a bad play.
Remember to shout fore if any shots head towards the 3rd green

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5th Hole

Par 4
Yards – White Tees – 400, Yellow Tees – 387, Red Tees – 379

This is the longest hole on the course, and depending on the direction of the wind, it can play very long and very difficult.  Internal Out Of Bounds is in play down the left hand side, and two lakes come into play for the longer hitters either side of the fairway. A good line off the tee is just to the left of the marker post.The second shot is made more difficult by the narrow fairway, the well placed bunker waiting for any poorly struck approach shot.  Two small, well placed pot bunkers help protect this two tier green, which combined with Out of Bounds all round the back edge makes this seem quite a small target.

Pro’s Tip

Tee shot just left of the marker post in the fairway and try to get on the correct tier of the green; this should make the putt slightly easier.

 

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6th Hole

Par 3
Yards: White Tees – 194, Yellow Tees – 168, Red Tees – 139

The 6th is our signature hole, and is one of the most difficult on the course.  The green is completely protected by a large lake which runs from the front edge all along the right side to the back edge.  Anything hit short will end up going for a swim, leaving you a very intimidating pitch for your third shot.

For anyone hoping to lay up, the fairway narrows in the closer to the green you get, meaning accuracy is critical. There is a bail out area to the left of the green, but go too far left and Out Of Bounds is lying in wait. Remember to shout fore if a balls is heading towards the 7th tee.

Pro’s Tip

This hole has the tendency to play longer than it looks; sometime an extra club is a good idea.

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7th Hole

Par 3
Yards: White Tees – 175, Yellow Tees – 142, Red Tees – 130

The 7th is first hole without any water on it, so enjoy the rest bite while you can. The main difficulty here is where the tee aims you, all the trouble down the right comes into play if hit where the tee aims. The green itself is protected by two large bunkers left and right and another small pot bunker behind.

When putting the green is tricky to read and has the tendency to be a bit faster than some of the others.

Pro’s Tip

Make sure alignment is checked before you hit and a safe shot to the middle of the green is the best play, too greedy and the bunkers are waiting.

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8th Hole

Par 4
Yards: White Tees – 111, Yellow Tees – 108, Red Tees – 94

Although this may look s simple par 3, be warned, is trouble is all round and big scores have been made. Three pot bunkers, Out Of Bounds and a large lake help to make this quite an intimidating tee shot. The wind can also play a big factor to club selection, it can be anything up to 8 iron.

The green is large, but all putts seem to slope towards the water. Out Of Bounds is just over the green, so any shot over hit will be lost.

Pro’s Tip

Make sure you have right club, check for which way the wind is blowing and aim for the middle of the green.

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9th Hole

Par 4
Yards: White Tees – 363, Yellow Tees – 354, Red Tees – 340

The final hole and another without any water in play. The tee shot is made difficult by the Out Of Bounds running all the way down the right side of the hole. Two fairway bunkers protect the fairway halfway down the hole.  For the conservative golfer a lay up shot of these two bunkers is the best way, this should leave a second shot of only 150 yards.

For the adventurous of you, it is possible to clear these bunkers and have only a little pitch into the green; however this landing area is the narrowest portion of the fairway. The second shot is made difficult due to the down hill slope and the green being protected by a lot of trouble. Three deep bunkers and deep rough over the green means this requires a precise shot. The green itself slops from front to back and depending on the pin location; it can be a very difficult two putt.

Pro’s Tip

The tee shot needs to be either short, laying up before the bunkers or hit straight landing in the narrow fairway. 
The middle of the fairway is never bad, as long as you can 2 putt!

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