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Hole Twelve

Par 3, Yards 169, Stroke Index 5

Ha-Ha

Par 3, Yards 169, Stroke Index 5

Description

This start to the Top Field – the last of the three distinct areas of the course – brings the second of the par threes. It climbs gently but steadily from a tee overlooked by the inviting clubhouse bar to a green only just outside the grounds of the castle. Hence the name, referring to an ancient hidden ditch (ha-ha) close behind the green, invisible from the tee but not to be visited – invariably resulting in either a penalty drop or, more likely, a tramp back to the tee. The ditch, originally intended to prevent livestock wandering too close to the castle, apparently provided insufficient protection from golfers when the then Earl of Scarborough sanctioned the first course design in 1909, meaning another twenty years before the hole could be brought into play. In 2017 a deep, wide swale was added which snakes up the hole and should be avoided at all costs. The slope leading up to the green leaves the flag, but not the hole, visible from the tee, although the entrance, between deep bunkers is relatively wide. The slope from the back can be beguiling with the embarrassment of a firmly struck putt running down and off never far away.

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