Hole 8 "Bridges"
Probably the most straightforward hole on the outward half, yet still a testing par four. From the tee, looking backwards to the park, one reason for the abundance of wildlife is only too obvious: ducks, geese, swans, water-hens, being fed a never ending supply of stale bread. By contrast, the many uncultivated spaces of the Haughs provide more natural support, such as the area stretching away to the right from this tee, only thinning by the main fairway. At that distance, though, the vegetation on the left becomes more impenetratable. Yet the gap between seems wide enough; a good drive beyond the two left bunkers often helped by a gentle slope towards the green. However everything moves right, bringing a fairway bunker into play from the tee and, more significantly, the front greenside bunker. Not by chance has it become the Captain's Charity bunker. Little compensation that the green entrance is generous, and the mounds surrounding three sides prevent many shots running through.
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