It will come as no secret to our members and regular visitors but the third hole on The Montgomerie Course has been selected as one of 5 Holes You Must Play in 2014 by Your Golf Travel in its latest blog post.
The scenic and dramatic downhill par-5 was the only inland hole chosen for the list, which featured other selections from the celebrated links courses at Kingsbarns, Turnberry, Castletown and Nefyn.
Here's what our PGA Professional and Golf Academy Manager Alex Davies had to say about the Monty signature hole when Your Golf Travel came calling...
What makes it the stand out hole on the course? Views, difficulty, design?
The third hole on The Montgomerie Course features in a book called 1001 Golf Holes You Must Play before You Die and it’s easy to see why; this is a true bucket list experience.
After driving to the crest of a hill, this spectacular par-five plunges steeply downhill, making the green an inviting target to reach in two shots and set up an eagle chance. The thrilling test of golf is only part of the drama presented by this hole. As you walk down a fairway which resembles a snowless ski piste with tall pine trees flanking either side, you are presented with a magnificent view up the Usk Valley and towards Wentwood Forest. This vista is only surpassed when you get close to the green and past the tree line, and look down to your left over the lakes and manicured fairways of the Twenty Ten Course.
What tip would you give to someone playing it for the first time?
Watch out for a sizeable mound in front of the green which will kick your ball away on both sides. Longer approach shots seeking to reach in two may be forced to take this chance with the contours but any mid or short iron approach should resist the temptation to run the ball down the slope and instead aim to land on the green.
What is the most common mistake made by golfers playing this hole?
Like most reachable par-fives, the most common mistake made by golfers playing this hole is getting too greedy. This hole is a particular tempter because, as soon as your drive gives you a view of the green, you feel the downhill approach will give you all the run required to reach the green. The awesome view makes the hole feel deceptively open when in fact it is quite tight with trees on either side and a bunker and thick rough lurking on the right and a slope ready to kick anything left into oblivion.
Read the full blog on the Your Golf Travel website here