Most golf courses start you off with a relatively benign opening hole to allow you to find your swing before tackling the rest of the layout. Not so at Ould Newbury.
The first hole requires a long and accurate drive from an elevated tee, avoiding the out of bounds and Route 1, which runs down the entire right hand side of the fairway. You also need to stay away from the large willow trees that guard the left hand side of this hole. A good tee shot leaves you with a mid to long iron approach to a green guarded by traps to the right and a severe drop off to the left and rear. A par is an excellent start but don't be disappointed with a bogey.
1st Fairway looking back towards the teeing ground (upper left)
If there is a birdie hole at Ould Newbury, this is it.
A good drive followed by a reasonable fairway second shot should leave you with a wedge for your third shot to the elevated green of this short par 5. The longer hitters usually have a go at the green on their second shot. This green is relatively flat and free of bunkers but slopes from back to front and at times can be “sneaky quick” to putt so try and keep the ball below the hole.
2nd Fairway: Whatyou will be facing on our second shot
View from the 2nd Green looking back over the second fairway
Ould Newbury is well known for its small greens and this sharp dog leg left par 4 presents you with the first one.
You can cut as much off the dog leg as you dare from the elevated tee but don't get too far left or you will be blocked by a group of large pines that protect the left side of this hole. A drive down the center will leave you with an approach shot of 150 to 160 yards to a small green protected by a bunker on the left. Be careful not to over club yourself coming in to this green - better to be ½ a club short than long.
View from the 3rd Green down the fairway