The following description of the 18 holes at Woodbridge Park has been compiled by one of the members, it is hoped it will help any potential visitor to gain an overview of the course before playing.
Woodbridge Park GC
Hole 1 Par 5
White 520yds (SI 7) Yellow 482yds (SI 7) Red 436yds (SI 7)
A relatively challenging but fair start to your round. From the whites a good straight drive is needed to get through the funnel of trees and bushes but once you do the fairway opens up nicely. Big hitters can try and carry the ditch with their second but most will try to play into the area between the line of trees and the ditch (called the “paddock” by members) leaving them a shot of about 150yds to a green which slopes quite severely from back to front. A deep pond awaits the errant shot on the front left hand side of the green.
Hole 2 Par 4
White 418yds (SI 1) Yellow 402yds (SI 1) Red 361yds (SI 3)
Another challenging hole especially when the wind is in its normal direction i.e. into your face, when it plays all of its yardage, and its stroke index of 1 (from either the White or Yellow tees). Big hitters will try to carry both the first and second ditches, but most are happy to carry the first leaving a second shot of about 220 yards to a green which looks quite flat but has some subtle slopes and borrows. A 5 net 4 is a score that most players would accept without question when standing on the tee.
Hole 3 Par 4
White 277yds (SI 15) Yellow 268yds (SI 15) Red 249yds (SI 15)
The first of two holes that the members call “birdie” corner. The hole has a slight dog leg to the right from about 120yds in. Drivable by the long hitters, but for those mortals amongst us a nice wide fairway for you to hit for your lay up shot, Don’t be too far left as your next shot can be blocked out by a mature tree. A lateral water hazard and a steepish bank also comes into play from this side of the fairway. If you are on the right of the fairway a mature hedge has to be negotiated to land on a green which has a slight slope from back to front. Don’t be too long with your second shot as balls landing long can easily run over the bank at the back of the green and into the ditch behind.
Hole 4 Par 4
White 271yds (SI 17) Yellow 257yds (SI 17) Red 201yds (SI 17)
A dog leg left hole which offers the long straight hitters a chance to go at the green, but beware, the carry has to be over some very penal rough and the green is usually quite firm so you run the risk of the ball pitching on and then bouncing into the boundary hedge to the side and rear of the green. As with all boundary hedges on the course this is out of bounds.
The safe route is to play to the right of the rough, leaving you about a 100yd pitch to the green. As with a number of other greens this has some subtle and in this case not so subtle slopes and borrows. But, as with the previous hole a definite birdie chance.
Hole 5 Par 5
White 522yds (SI 5) Yellow 508yds (SI 5) Red 466yds (SI 1)
A fairly long uphill par 5. The tee shot (if straight) will usually stay in the middle of the fairway, but anything slightly right will track across the fairway to end in the semi rough. This position is by no means a disaster as the hole turns slightly from right to left once you are past the 150yd marker. The second (dependant on how well or badly you hit it, your third) can be blind so ensure you wait for the bell to ring. The green slopes slightly from back to front and has two subtle tiers. A shot hit to the right hand side of the green will often run away to the fringe or beyond on the right hand side.
Hole 6 Par 3
White 179yds (SI 11) Yellow 180yds (SI 11) Red 172yds (SI 11)
The first of the par threes. Dependant on the wind conditions this can play almost any club you have in your bag apart from perhaps a putter, lob wedge or pitching wedge. It is possible to stand on the tee and feel no wind but walk down the hill about 50yds and it can be quite strong. The gap and the ditch (yes another one) between the hedges seems to get narrower and further away respectively as you stand on the tee, but a well struck shot will find the left to right sloping green. Don’t be to far left, as the hedge bordering the hole and the 12th fairway is out of bounds, even if you avoid this, the resulting chip over a bank to the green can be challenging.
Hole 7 Par 4
White 358yds (SI 9) Yellow 340yds (SI 9) Red 314yds (SI 9)
A hole which definitely favours the right handed player who can fade a ball or the left hander who can draw the ball. The hole is out of bounds along the right hand side until the hedge reaches a ditch which is some 90yds from the front of the green.
The hole is surrounded on both sides and back with a bank which can be difficult to chip over and get close to the pin. The green has a slope from back to front but two well struck shots and good putting offers a birdie or par chance.
Hole 8 Par 3
White 144yds (SI 13) Yellow 138yds (SI 13) Red 131yds (SI 13)
A hole which despite its high stroke index can be difficult to get a par on. The tee shot normally requires the ball to carry a large pond which also has a number of mature trees on its far bank. The green has a severe slope from back to front so any ball played from the back or over the back of the green requires confidence and a good judgement of pace. A small pond to the left and a hedge on the right await the shot that is less then straight.
Hole 9 Par 4
White 377yds (SI 3) Yellow 362yds (SI 3) Red 344yds (SI 5)
The third hardest hole on the course and with the wind in you face you can see why. Out of bounds runs all the way up the left hand side of the hole and the fairway (as with many others) undulates so you are more than likely to have the ball above or below your feet even if you are on the fairway. From the tee, landing somewhere near the 150yd marker gives you a chance of getting to the green in two, but beware, as there are lateral water hazards both to the left and right approximately 50 yards from the front of the green. The left one is reasonably benign (you may even be able to play your ball or take relief) but go in the right hand side, and you will be lucky to find your ball.
The green has a slight slope from back to front and right to left when viewed from the front.
Hole 10 Par 4
White 372yds (SI 6) Yellow 325yds (SI 6) Red 311yds (SI 4)
An almost straight hole played to a green which has a significant slope from back to front and is protected by a ditch some 10yards from its front. For the average player a good, well hit tee shot will land somewhere around the 130 to 150 yard mark, but now comes decision time. Do you lay up and take a 5? or go for the green and risk a firm bounce which will normally carry over the green and possibly into the ditch at the rear? The safe shot is to try to pitch into the slope at the front and allow the ball to bounce forward.
Hole 11 Par 3
White 192yds (SI 10) Yellow 178yds (SI 10) Red 133yds (SI 14)
The first of the Par Threes on the back nine. A hole which is reachable with a well struck shot, but is protected at the front by a ditch (some 30 yards from the font) which runs at an angle to the tee. The shortest route to the green is to play a slight fade (or draw for the left handed player) over or just to the right of the large tree located on the left hand side of the fairway. The further right the flight of the ball the longer the distance to clear the ditch.
The green is relatively flat but does have a slight slope from back to front. A par here is a good result.
Hole 12 Par 4
White 284yds (SI 16) Yellow 282yds (SI 16) Red 278yds (SI 10)
A hole which providing you hit your driver straight and long will result in you having probably no more than a lob or pitching wedge to the green. Be aware though, Out of Bounds extends on both sides of the fairway until about 15yds from the front of the green and can easily result in playing three off the tee.
The green is relatively long and narrow but is reasonably flat. Do not be long with your shot to the green as a boundary hedge (Out of Bounds) is located some 5yds to the rear of the green.
Hole 13 Par 4
White 420yds (SI 4) Yellow 410yds (SI 4) Red 310yds (SI 2)
The second longest Par 4 on the course. Which gives you the opportunity to “open your shoulders”. Out of bounds runs down the right hand side to the ditch. There is a large tree in the centre of the fairway so your ideal line is to the left of this tree, but be aware any thing too far to the left and not hit well can find the pond situated between this fairway and the 16th fairway. A good drive will leave you about 180 yards to a green which is protected on the right hand side by the first of the bunkers on the course.
Dependant on the length of your drive you may decide to lay up just short of the ditch, leaving you with a shot of about 90yds to the green. Most members agree that a 5 net 4 on this hole is a good result.
Hole 14 Par 4
White 417yds (SI 2) Yellow 391yds (SI 2) Red 295yds (SI 8)
A slight dog leg left hole which often plays longer than its yardage suggests. Out of Bounds runs along the right hand side of the hole until it reaches a small pond. Two large trees in the centre have to be negotiated to reach the fairway which is uphill from about 250yards in. There are also trees on the left, dividing the fairway with the 16th fairway.
The long, straight hitters will take the “tiger line” which is over the large mature trees which line the right hand side of the fairway just in front of the ladies tee. The green is protected on its right hand side by a pair of grass bunkers which can be challenging to play out of. It has a significant slope from back to front and from left to right. Offer most members a gross five when stood on the tee, and they will say thank you, lets move on to the next hole.
Hole 15 Par 3
White 204yds (SI 12) Yellow 189yds (SI 12) Red 149yds (SI 12)
The longest of the Par three’s on the course. A relatively simple hole but is usually made more challenging by the pin position which can often be found behind the bunker which is located to the right of the green.
The hole definitely favours the fader or drawer for the left hander, but does require a well struck shot to find the putting surface in one. The requirement for these types of shots can be more evident when the wind is blowing from left to right, as it usually is.
A relatively flat green but is does have some subtle ridges which can fool the unaware. So make sure you look closely at your line of putt before hitting the ball.
Hole 16 Par 5
White 551yds (SI 8) Yellow 490yds (SI 8) Red 427yds (SI 6)
A Long Par 5 hole usually played in to wind. The tee shot particularly from the white tees needs to well struck and definitely not too far right as some deep rough can be found over the trees and bushes located to the right at the brow of the hill. Tee shots from all tees are blind so wait for the bell to ring before playing.
A drive hitting the fairway will usually run down the fairly steep hill to give the player a chance to lay up their second shot short of the ditch, some 100yds from the green. A pond on the right hand side (previously mentioned on the Hole 13 description) and trees on the left (previously mentioned on Hole 14 description) await the errant shot.
The green (like many on the course) has some subtle and not so subtle slopes and borrows and is protected to the right hand side by a bunker.
Hole 17 Par 3
White 138yds (SI 14) Yellow 131yds (SI 14) Red 106yds (SI 16)
A new hole introduced due to the construction work behind the “old” 18th green The hole is played from two sets of elevated tees the rear most accommodating the White and Yellow and the forward one the Red.
The hole is fairly straight and the tee shots are played to a relatively small green which has a ridge running from front to back which creates two tiers. Situated behind the green a very deep pond which can be found if your shots are to strong. If you are unfortunate to go in the pond a “Drop Zone” has been provided to the left side of the green. An additional pond has been created on the left hand side of the hole. This pond is Red Staked.
Areas on both the left hand and right hand side of the hole have been designated as a “Lateral Hazard’s” and have been Red Staked. Red Stakes can also be found to the right hand side of the green.
Due to the uneven nature of the ground between the tees and the green. The club has introduced the rule of pick, clean and place “through the green”.
Hole 18 Par 4
White 215yds (SI 18) Yellow 207yds (SI 18) Red 168yds (SI 18)
Don’t be fooled by the lack of yardage on this hole. Players have arrived here with a good score and walked off with a disaster. The hole is a significant dog leg from left to right and is out of bounds along the right hand side.
Players are faced with two choices. Do I go for the green? Or play out to the left or short and hope for a chip and a putt for my birdie. If the decision is to go for the green the “tiger” line particularly from the white/yellow tees is over the mature trees lining the right hand side of the fairway. A bunker awaits to the front left of the green which has a slight slope from back to front and from left the right. Not withstanding the hazards described it is possible to finish this hole with at least a par or better, and go the club house for that drink you deserve.
Before playing our course and in the interest of all golfers safety & enjoyment we kindly ask you to observe the following:
Avoid slow play at all times. Try and keep just behind the group in front rather than just ahead of the group behind you. The course and club staff has the right to ask slow groups to speed up and move groups through if needed.
If you are unsure if your ball is in play after playing a shot you should consider playing a provisional ball and consider calling through players behind whilst searching for the lost ball. This particularly applies in medal type competitions.
Groups must consist of no more than 4 players, each with their own clubs.
In times of intense play 2 half groups may be made up into a 3 or 4 ball group at the clubs discretion.
Play must not start before 7.16 am without prior consent.
Please help maintain the quality of the course by repairing pitch marks, replacing divots (thru the green) and raking bunkers.
Local rules are shown on the scorecard and any “temporary” rules on the notice board outside the club house
Players are responsible for their own safety and insurance cover (personal and property including golf equipment.)
Please show consideration to others on the golf course. Show courtesy and sportsmanship and conduct yourself in a disciplined manner at all times. Always consider the safety of other golfers, staff and yourself on the course. Please be aware of all other golfers whilst out on the course.
Never play a shot unless the group ahead are well out of range.
If you miss-hit a shot in the direction of other golfers you must shout “FORE” to alert players of possible danger. If “FORE” is heard, please take evasive action if possible.
The use of mobile phones on the course as GPS and Course Planners are welcome but making telephone calls or checking emails should only be done in emergencies.
Verbal or Physical abuse towards any member of our staff, or towards another golfer, will not be tolerated.
Play safely and enjoy your game.
Players are encouraged to wear appropriate golf attire whilst on the course.
Trousers or Tailored Shorts.
Golf shoes or Trainers (Spiked golf shoes should be worn in wet or slippery conditions)
No work wear, football shirts or boots are allowed on the course
Failure to comply with the dress code may result in access to the course being denied.