Hole 6 "Riverside"
The name of the hole derives from the River Wear - providing the right hand boundary throughout its length - rather than the international cricket ground occasionally visible in the mid-distance. Yet the river itself rarely receives a visit; not so the accompanying vegetation that approaches close to the fairway, particularly where an average drive or second shot might be expected to finish. Similarly, there is little relief on the left, with uninviting territory the entire length of the hole. But waywardness is always possible with distance at a premium: this, the second of the par fives, is the longest hole on the course. And it feels that way, especially from the medal tee. One advantage, though, is that, from there, the twin bunkers on the left side of the fairway are out of reach from the tee for most players, as is a bunker on the right for second shots. The green narrow, banked to both back and right, is also well bunkered front to either side, any of the three regularly eliminating the last chance of a par.
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