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Ladybank Course Guide Hole 1

373 yards Par 4, SI 11
373 yards Par 4, SI 11
352 yards Par 4, SI 11
331 yards Par 4, SI 9

The ridge that runs across the fairway from left to right can be reached with a good drive. The ideal shot is to the left half of the fairway, just short of the ridge.

The bunker in front of the green can make the second shot appear shorter than it is - club selection is important.

There is a blind bunker that sits at the back right of the green.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 2

587 yards Par 5, SI 7
545 yards Par 5, SI 7
528 yards Par 5, SI 7
450 yards Par 5, SI 13

This is a tight driving hole and out of bounds runs the whole way down the right side of the fairway.

The decision on the second shot depends on how brave you feel - keeping the ball on the right half of the fairway allows the best approach to the green for your third shot - but it takes you close to the bunkers and the out of bounds. Favouring the left half of the fairway will leave a harder approach to the green.

This two-tier green slopes from back to front and getting on the right level is crucial or a two putt will be a challenge.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 3

391 yards Par 4, SI 5
382 yards Par 4, SI 5
373 yards Par 4, SI 5
362 yards Par 4, SI 3

This dog-leg, left-to-right is tempting the golfer to cut the corner. It can be done but don’t cut off too much - it is deceptive!

The traditional route is to take a line on the two trees to the left centre of the fairway that is 221 yards off the white tee. Take care not to over-club and run through the fairway.

The green slopes into the player for the second shot. Take a club more than you think to get pin high.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 4

164 yards Par 3, SI 13
164 yards Par 3, SI 13
147 yards Par 3, SI 13
134 yards Par 3, SI 17

The second bunker on the left-hand side of this green is blind until you are virtually on the putting surface.

This hole often plays into the prevailing wind and your club selection should take this into account - it can often play one club more than its length.

The left-hand slope into the middle of the green can be used to your advantage but beware of the slope at the front.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 5

344 yards Par 4, SI 17
344 yards Par 4, SI 17
334 yards Par 4, SI 17
320 yards Par 4, SI 11

A challenging drive on this short par 4. The landing area is narrow, protected by three bunkers waiting to catch anything off centre. It is a risk and reward hole for the longer hitter. Accuracy is essential from the tee and judgement of distance is the key on the approach shot to the green.

The ridge that runs across the front of the green can deceive you with your choice of club for the second shot.

The green has two levels and sits 4 yards back from this ridge. Pitching into and around this green is challenging because it is two-tiered. The green falls away at the back and if you are big it will leave you with a delicate return pitch to what is a fast green.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 6

374 yards Par 4, SI 9
374 yards Par 4, SI 9
351 yards Par 4, SI 9
348 yards Par 4, SI 7

With the prevailing wind behind you, you may be tempted to go for a big drive. However, three bunkers protecting the righthand side of this fairway present a challenge for this tee shot. Although they are spaced well apart, they need to be taken into consideration when making club selection.

The line from the tee for the perfect shot is left of centre.

The putting surface slopes off sharply on the left-hand side of this well-guarded green.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 7

576 yards Par 5, SI 3
546 yards Par 5, SI 3
527 yards Par 5, SI 3
521 yards Par 5, SI 3

A great par 5.

The ideal drive is a drawn shot taking a line on the two trees on the right-hand side of the fairway landing area. This opens up the next part of the journey down this zigzag par 5.

The second shot should follow the middle of the fairway.

The approach into this big green, which slopes uphill to the back then falls away sharply, is safest if played with a traditional pitch and run. Long is not good!

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 8

178 yards Par 3, SI 15
156 yards Par 3, SI 15
137 yards Par 3, SI 15
139 yards Par 3, SI 15

Trees guard this small green as well as a cluster of bunkers, all close to the putting surface.

It is a very delicate pitch from the left side of the green because it is sloping away and you are coming in over a bunker that is blind from the tee.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 9

431 yards Par 4, SI 1
431 yards Par 4, SI 1
387 yards Par 4, SI 1
377 yards Par 4, SI 1

A great dog-leg from right-to-left with magnificent old trees all the way down the fairway.

A big hitter needs to pick a line off the tee carefully - you can run out of fairway on the right-hand side. A tee shot beyond the last tree on the left gives a clear view to the green.

Two natural hazards sit between you and the pin. A low ridge runs across the fairway from left-to-right at 73 yards from the green. Just short of the green there is a pronounced grassy hollow and anything short will roll into it.

This is a large green with two levels from front to back and has wonderful contours.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 10

172 yards Par 3, SI 18
172 yards Par 3, SI 18
151 yards Par 3, SI 18
144 yards Par 3, SI 18

A fun par 3 with the wind at your back.

The leading bunker hides a fair amount of dead ground before the front of the green - don’t be deceived by the architect’s trick.

Smallest green on the golf course with no pronounced slopes. Don’t imagine breaks that aren’t there!

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 11

412 yards Par 4, SI 4
412 yards Par 4, SI 4
404 yards Par 4, SI 4
367 yards Par 4, SI 4

This is a straightforward tee shot. Favouring the left-hand side of the fairway gives the player a better approach to the well-guarded green.

A large, lone tree guards the right side of the green while on the left a bunker awaits the over-cautious approach.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 12

211 yards Par 3, SI 14
200 yards Par 3, SI 14
186 yards Par 3, SI 14
153 yards Par 3, SI 14

The longest par 3 on the course.

The green is well guarded with bunkers left and right.

The back of the green falls away and too bold a tee shot could leave you with a delicate pitch down the green that slopes back to front.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 13

528 yards Par 5, SI 10
528 yards Par 5, SI 10
515 yards Par 5, SI 10
495 yards Par 5, SI 12

Two bunkers, one behind the other, on the left side of the landing area can be carried from the tee by the big hitter.

The more traditional line from the tee is the right half of the fairway.

The challenge of this long par 5 is to avoid the bunkers left and right awaiting a wayward second shot.

The run into the green slopes slightly downhill giving a ball landing short the chance to run on.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 14

452 yards Par 4, SI 2
417 yards Par 4, SI 2
408 yards Par 4, SI 2
353 yards Par 4, SI 10

The fairway is treelined and demands concentration no matter how troublefree it looks.

The landing area has some undulations through it, so the further you drive, the flatter the lie for your second shot.

The run into this green can make clubbing a challenge. The two bunkers on the left-hand side sit close to the putting surface, so take your distance to the flag, not the front of the green, to take them out of play.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 15

390 yards Par , SI
390 yards Par 4, SI 12
375 yards Par 4, SI 12
372 yards Par 4, SI 8

A wonderful dog-leg from left-to-right invites you to drive over the cross ridge that runs from left-to-right diagonally across the fairway from the tee.

The ideal tee shot keeps to the left side of the fairway giving a flat lie for your second. Take care not to run out of fairway on the left if you are a big hitter.

There is a pronounced slope from the right greenside bunker running all the way into and across the putting surface. The ideal shot needs to land on the right side of the green letting the natural contours feed the ball down to the pin.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 16

392 yards Par 4, SI 8
392 yards Par 4, SI 8
372 yards Par 4, SI 8
329 yards Par 4, SI 2

A tight and challenging dogleg from right-to-left.

The line off the tee is the tree with a “V” fork trunk on the right side of the fairway. Both the tee shot and the second feed through a tree-lined fairway. The second shot has to skirt close to the large tree guarding the left-hand side of the green.

It is a big green and there are several clubs’ difference in length from front to back. The green slopes from left-to-right so read the line carefully.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 17

417 yards Par 4, SI 16
391 yards Par 4, SI 16
367 yards Par 4, SI 16
347 yards Par 4, SI 16

Keep right of the trees in the middle of this sloping fairway. Sometimes it is better to be short of the trees to ensure your second shot lands on the green.

The green has two bunkers at the front, one left and one right, so take sufficient club to hit for the middle of the green.

A deceptively big green with lots of subtle undulations. Two putts are good here.

Ladybank Course Guide Hole 18

438 yards Par 4, SI 6
407 yards Par 4, SI 6
389 yards Par 4, SI 6
364 yards Par 4, SI 6

An interesting last tee shot. You have to carry across some very wild terrain but it is more an optical illusion than a real threat to a well-hit ball - unless you let the architect’s ploy unsettle you! The line from the tee is the large birch tree on the right-hand side of the fairway.

A bunker sits in the middle of the fairway 43 yards from the putting surface but with the correct club you will fly over it without difficulty.

The 18th green is big, gentle and relatively flat for holing your final putt!

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