About Hole 1
The 1st hole at Oundle is a demanding par 5. Accuracy from the tee is of most importance as any tee shot right will be blocked out by the trees. Longer hitters may be able to reach in two however, as the second shot is blind and the target small laying up is much the safer option.
About Hole 2
The 2nd hole is unusual in that the medal white tee distance is 15 yards shorter than that from the yellow tee, but don’t be fooled. The drive from the elevated white tee is across Lyveden Brook and the tall trees that border it. From both white and yellow tees the key is to keep the ball between the marker post and the trees that line the left side of the fairway. This opens up the green and will leave a shot into the pin with a short iron. Anything right from the tees spells trouble.
About Hole 3
The first of three very different par 3’s on the course. At 130 yards it is the shortest but is quite often played into the prevailing south westerly wind. The front right of the green is guarded by a large oak tree while anything pulled slightly left will find one of two bunkers. Take a little time to look behind the tee and to the right as you may see an owl in the hollowed out tree trunk keeping an educated eye on the golf.
About Hole 4
The longest hole on the course – the 4th hole measures 569 yards from the medal tee. The drive is downhill towards the farm access road with a good line being slightly right of the Oundle church spire. The second shot should be directed over the marker post to avoid fairway bunkers on the left, 150yards from the green, and on the right, 130 yards from the green. An iron to the green will need to be accurate as the green slopes right to left and is guarded by front bunkers.
About Hole 5
The 5th hole is a sharp dog-leg left and one of the toughest holes on the course. The best line from the tee is just left of the marker post. For the easiest shot into the green, aim as far left as possible towards the corner of the dog leg. Beware the bunkers guarding the front of the green the flag is often tucked behind one of them. For this reason aim for the middle of the green.
About Hole 6
The 6th hole is a challenging par 4 at 473 yards. The drive needs to be straight and long to give a realistic chance of reaching the green in two shots. Out of bounds features on both sides of the hole off the tee. In the summer it plays down the prevailing wind but when this changes the hole will show why it is rated the most difficult hole on the course.
About Hole 7
The 7th hole turns back into the prevailing wind so the drive needs to be long and accurate to miss the bunker on the right hand side of the fairway. Don’t be deceived by the length of the second shot as Members will tell you it’s further than it looks. The bunkers either side of the green entrance often swallow up the ball.
About Hole 8
The 8th hole is a short par 4 downhill, slight dogleg right. The tee shot is of most importance with trees and bunkers lining the left of the fairway and a pond to the right. The green is very difficult to read and well protected by three bunkers. This hole does provide a good birdie chance as long as you put yourself in the correct position off the tee.
About Hole 9
The 9th hole is the second par three on the course and is very deceptive. The hole plays much shorter than it looks as it is usually played with the prevailing wind. Even if you find the putting surface a par is by no means guaranteed. The shared green is one of the most difficult on the course and meaning that birdies are few and far between.
About Hole 10
The 10th hole may seem short but is a potential card wrecker. The tee shot has to be long enough to carry the Lyveden Brook that is hidden from view. Your drive should be targeted at the marker post but favouring the left side as trees to the left and right spell trouble. Once the drive is negotiated the second shot has to be accurate to avoid running through the green into grass or sand bunkers at the back . Even worse you may find your ball in the Brook behind these bunkers.
About Hole 11
The shot into the 11th green is very difficult to judge on this hole. Make sure you carry the bank at the front of the green but anything long spells trouble as the ditch and out of bounds await.
About Hole 12
The 12th hole is a short but testing par 4 which favours a slight draw off the tee to give the shortest shot into the green. Take an extra club when playing into the green in order to miss the two deep bunkers that guard the front as these can be very punishing.
About Hole 13
The 13th hole is the last of the par 3’s and probably one of the toughest holes on the course. Pin-point accuracy is needed to stay away from the trouble in the shape of Out of Bounds left and deep bunkers right.
About Hole 14
The 14th hole is a typical risk and reward hole. With a good drive the green is reachable for the longer hitters but beware of Lyveden Brook running down the right of the hole. A safe option is to play shorter from the tee leaving a full shot to the small green which has often been compared to an upturned saucer.
About Hole 15
The 15th hole can be very deceptive as the tee tends to point you towards the trees lining the right hand-side of the fairway and the shot into the green requires an extra club as it plays longer up the hill than the yardage suggests.
About Hole 16
The 16th hole is an intimidating par five rated the second hardest on the course. Many players will not need a driver from the tee as a shorter shot to the road still leaves you able to get up to the second level. For your second shot aim over the marker post or slightly left if you are brave enough to take on the bushes. The approach shot is all important and very difficult to judge with such a large undulating green which is shared with the 9th hole.
About Hole 17
The 17th hole is rated the easiest hole on the course and is easily reached from the tee for the longer hitters. You need to be aware of the two bunkers guarding the front of the green which is one of the most difficult on the course. Keep left and low of the hole with your tee shot and it becomes a good birdie chance.
About Hole 18
The setting of the 18th green is perhaps what most visitors remember of Oundle golf course. The drive should be lined up on the clubhouse clock taking care to avoid the large beech tree that over-hangs the driving line a few yards in front of the tee. The green is set in the workings of a 150 year old quarry and slopes away from you requiring care when picking the line of your putt.