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Hole No. 9


Like the 4th, one of the most photographed holes in world golf, but its breathtaking scenery should not allow us to overlook its great strength as a golf hole.

A blind tee shot needs to hug the large dune on the left of the fairway to set up the best approach to the green. There is little room for error on the left as any shot drifting too far will be trapped by the large dune. There is more room to the right for the shorter hitter, although this is not the best line for the second shot. There are two well placed cross bunker some 50 yards short of the green, but even when these obstacles are successfully negotiated the player must look out for a greenside bunker on the right and two pot bunkers on the left.

This is one of the more undulating greens and requires great care and attention when putting from back to front. Once again there is a great premium on hitting the target, as pitching from around this green is particularly difficult.
 
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Championship: 486 yards
Medal: 428 yards
Stableford: 428 yards
Ladies: 434 yards
Men’s Par: 4
Ladies Par: 5
Men’s Stroke Index: 5
Ladies Stroke Index: 11

The Royal County Down Golf Club Hole 9