CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE HOLE BY HOLE DESCRIPTIONS
At Glenbervie Golf Club, we are very proud of our championship course - see the graphics below for details on each of Glenbervie's outstanding holes.
HOLE 1 - YETTS O'BERVIE
Teeing from the hilltop, and with beautiful views out over the Ochil hills, Yetts O'Bervie is a slight dog leg left from the tee and if you place your ball far to the right of the fairway, an approach to the green for birdie is in your hands. But beware, the trees and large azalea bush bordering the right side of the fairway have caused many a double-bogey, or worse, on this innocuous looking hole.
HOLE 2 – GEANS
The first of the course par 5s, the key to success for most is a long straight drive which takes the burn crossing the fairway, around 150 yards from the green, out of play with your second shot. For those managing to clear the burn in two, a relatively short approach awaits which must get beyond the significant upslope at the front of the green or a very difficult 2 putt for par will remain.
HOLE 3 - THE MANOR
A par 4 dog leg to the left, big hitters should avoid the temptation to take on the trees down the left hand side and fire their tee shot straight toward the green. Play for the centre to right side of the fairway from the tee and, if a big hitter, leave the driver in the bag. A 2-tier green, with a steep 3 foot or so step, landing on the correct tier will obviously make for an easier par.
HOLE 4 - COPSE
The short holes at Glenbervie are all tough to make par on and Copse, despite being by far the shortest at around 150 yards, is no exception. One of the most difficult greens to hold on the course, no matter where the pin is positioned, the smart play is a high flying shot landing softly near the centre of the green. Even with this approach a difficult 2 putt will remain on a green which has many subtle borrows.
HOLE 5 - BEN CLEUGH
A par4 dog-left to the right, Ben Cleugh has out of bounds bordering the right side of the hole, and a large oak and deep bunker protecting the right side of the green. A tee shot to the left side of the fairway is therefore the optimum play, presenting a clear approach to the green. But note that from the yellow or red tee, big hitters should leave the driver in the bag to avoid cross-fairway bunkering.
HOLE 6 - SCOTCH CORNER
One of the toughest par 4s on the course, Scotch Corner is another dog-leg hole to the right. Key to making par is the tee shot which must be well left to allow an unblocked shot to the green, but having missed all the bunkering on this side. The green slopes severely down from back to front so play your approach shot to end up below the hole, or a 3 putt will likely be the result.
HOLE 7 - AUCHENGAW
The second of the course par 3s, and the longest at over 200 yards from the gents tees, and over 180 yards from the ladies tee. A long straight shot is the order of the day here, but if you plan to land the ball short and run it onto the green, the fairway tends to kick the ball towards the two bunkers on the right and so you need to aim towards the left side of the green.
HOLE 8 - BLAIRS
One of the straightest par 4s on the course, where the tee shot must avoid the fairway-crossing burn, in play for shorter hitters, and the bunkering down both sides of the fairway. With the green surface not viewable from most tee-shots, and well protected by bunkering and a roll-off area behind, the smart shot is a line and distance to the green centre. Aim for the marker post, no matter where the pin appears to be!
HOLE 9 - BLUEBELL WOOD
The toughest hole on the course, Bluebell Wood is a lengthy dog-leg to the right, where the ideal tee shot will land on the left hand side of the fairway at the top of the hill. But most second shots will be played from below the brow of the hill and here the secret is to avoid the fairway bunker located down the left side at the bottom of the hill and around 60 yards from the green. Easier said than done, however, since the fairway kicks all balls towards this hazard!
HOLE 10 - THE NEUK
The third of the Glenbervie par 3s, played uphill to a green that slopes significantly down from back to front and from right to left. Well protected with bunkers, the key to this hole is putting a tee shot below the hole in all directions, front to back and left to right. Any tee shot landing behind or right of the green will almost certainly result in a bogey 4 – you have been warned!
HOLE 11 - THE PINES
According to the card the easiest hole at Glenbervie, but this is the tightest drive on the course where accuracy of the tee is key, and leaving the driver in the bag is a strategy employed by many. Finding the fairway off the tee leaves a relatively short approach to a well-protected green. But get your approach as close as possible since this is a tricky green with significant borrows not always evident on first playing.
HOLE 12 - THE WELL
The second hardest hole on the course, and yet another dog-leg to the right. Shorter, or in-trouble, tee shots may mean laying up short of the fairway crossing burn, but a good drive will normally offer a shot to the green. Albeit a difficult shot to an elevated green with roll-off areas both front and back, 2 distinct tiers, and multiple slopes. Not an easy 2 putt unless you are on the correct tier and close to the hole.
HOLE 13 - TREETOPS
The last of the course par 3s, Treetops requires a straight shot hit between the out-of bounds tree plantation on the left and the tall tree on the right. A hollow in front of the green gathers a lot of tee shots, and can leave a lengthy pitch or Texas wedge to a back-green hole position. However, this is not a bad place to end up and typically better that being in the deep bunker on the right.
HOLE 14 - BRAIDS
Braid's is probably the best looking hole on the course, featuring the Glenbervie clubhouse in the background. Relatively lengthy, two good strikes are required to hit this green in regulation. The green is well protected but for many its 2 tier layout presents the greatest difficulty, especially the lower tier that slopes significantly down from back to front. Two putting this green from anywhere is not easy, but from top to bottom tier it's a near impossibility!
HOLE 15 - JOUG TREE
The second of the course par 5 holes, the Joug Tree hole is well protected along its entire length by bunkering. To make an easy par, you must first avoid getting behind the large oak tree on the right with your tee shot. Then if in prime position, the longer hitters can decide whether to take on the bunkering and try for the bowl-shaped green in 2 or layup short and play as a proper 3-shots par 5.
HOLE 16 - TORWOOD
A relatively innocent looking par 4 but requiring 2 straight shots to achieve par. The tee shot must thread its way through bunkering both left and right, and if successful will leave a mid to short iron to a relatively flat, but again well protected, green. The green is one of the flatter on the course but does have more subtle borrows than you expect.
HOLE 17 - THE OAKS
The last of the course par 5s and a tricky hole belying its length of up to 500 yards. While bunkering does await a loose tee shot both left and right, the key shot on this hole is the second where a clump of large trees come into play. Longer hitters must fly these trees for a line to the green, while shorter hitters must play to the right of these trees to ensure an uninterrupted approach to the green.
HOLE 18 - TODHILL
A tough finishing par 4 with an approach shot played up a steep hill to a green sloping strongly from back to front and right to left. The smart line from the fairway is the clubhouse back entrance, since a shot missing to the left of the green will find a steep drop-off and deep bunkering. And select your approach club to end up below the hole, or 2 putts for par will be a significant challenge.