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Hole Ten

Par 4, Yards 303, Stroke Index 15

Road Hole

Par 4, Yards 303, Stroke Index 15

Description

Chester-le-Street’s version of the identically named hole at St Andrews but without its own road bunker. Yet like its namesake it is praised and criticised in equal measure. The first of two holes on return to the Park, it is for most players a dog-leg right starting at river level before climbing steeply for the seventy or eighty yards immediately in front of the elevated green. Before that, a good drive needs to be far enough along the valley but not over far nor over left, to avoid the out of bounds woodland that falls away to the beck. A short drive to the right, especially beyond the road snaking its way up to the castle, is the direct route but is beset with problems. From the centre of the fairway the hole turns sharp right. The approach up the hill ought to be straightforward enough but not for anything pulled left. For the longest hitters, though, the temptation to aim straight at the green carries various risks . . . of bunkers, of approaching the green sideways and of an awkward kick off the steep slope on its right hand-side, more so when the pin is sited on the small lower tier.

Hole White
Yards
White
Yellow
Yards
Yellow
Par Stroke
Index
S.I.
Red
Yards
Red
Par Stroke
Index
S.I.
1 277 273 4 16 272 4 9
2 381 371 4 6 323 4 5
3 421 401 4 8 385 5 17
4 512 503 5 18 493 5 1
5 403 388 4 2 373 5 15
6 566 506 5 10 487 5 7
7 175 158 3 12 148 3 13
8 394 367 4 14 343 4 11
9 440 427 4 4 381 4 3
10 303 298 4 15 297 4 6
11 336 316 4 17 316 4 18
12 169 160 3 5 155 3 2
13 378 369 4 7 303 4 14
14 363 352 4 11 352 4 8
15 454 444 4 1 437 5 10
16 191 180 3 3 137 3 16
17 375 348 4 9 344 4 4
18 348 330 4 13 324 4 12
In 2917 2797 34 2665 35
Out 3569 3394 37 3205 39
Total 6486 6191 71 5870 74