Hole 1 - Halketburn - Par 4

” Named after the overflow burn from the lower reservoir. “

While not an overly long opening hole, this is still a testing initial tee shot with rough left and right.  The ground also slopes quite steeply on the right and any ball that holds up in the right first cut will be above your feet.  The green is a generous target but there is a steep drop-off left and long of this green that should be avoided.  If the ground is firm, players can take advantage of the downslope on the approach to the green by landing short and allowing their ball to bounce and roll forward and onto the putting surface. There is a flat section of ground on the left hand side of this fairway about 130 yards from the green that has been cut into the hill at some time in the past, possibly to form a green or teeing ground as part of the original layout of the course.

Pro’s Tip

Aim down the right side of the fairway with your preferred club for the tee shot, leaving you a straight forward approach shot to a fairly generous green that gathers the ball slightly from the right. Graham Ross  Golf Professional

BIO – Graham Ross – PGA

If you wish to improve your golf game let Graham Ross show you how. Graham is a PGA qualified golf professional who delivers expert golf tuition in an easy to understand style.  Having spent 20 years as Head Professional at Greenock GC and West Kilbride GC, Graham has a wealth of coaching experience to share. Graham has built up an excellent reputation coaching players at every level, with students ranging from novice to professional, old and young alike.  Coaching sessions can cover anything from basic swing technique to a more specific part of your game, including the sometimes overlooked but very important short game. Sessions are bookable in advance and are available at Skelmorlie Golf Club “Whether you are an absolute beginner or an established player I would be delighted to hear from you to help you maximize your golfing potential.”