CROSLAND HEATH TOUR CONT
The bruiser 5th plays along the same line as the 4th, that is sideways up the hill. I always feel these old courses which are a bit shy on length absolutely need some longer holes to test fairway wood play. Below is the approach after a few wayward shots. To the right is an observatory open to the public; one of the main benefits of Huddersfield Astronomical Society. Built in 1979, the dome is 15 feet in diameter and holds a telescope which can magnify up to 1200 times.
The blind 6th is a difficult uphill drive with heather on both flanks of the fairway. Below is a look at the fairway from well in front of the tee.
7 turns back down the hill and is a reachable par 4, but heavy rough and heather will grab any loose tee shots. #8 heads uphill toward the quarries and features mounding in the fairway and near the green.
Back at the quarries, the 9th is a bit more demanding than the 2nd, but a similar shot. In fact, this is the main problem with using the quarries for four short holes, they are all basically the same shot, a forced knob to knob carry. That said, they do play to three different directions so crosswind and headwind tee shots are fairly likely.
We run back down the hill for the modest length par 4 tenth. The tee shot is blind and the green is protected by a pond which doesn't look as if it belongs. The photo is from the ladies tee...I wonder if the hole isn't better from here?
You guessed it, we turn back and climb once again! I did find this constant up and down routing a bit annoying. The 12th takes us out of the quarry with a par 3.
Similar to Moortown, there are some well forward tees which are very small! The 8th green is in the background.
Time for some big hitting, the three-shot 13th is a good hole with a sloping fairway. Perhaps a bit more fairway could be on offer down the left as in firm conditions it can be hard to hold the fairway. Crosland Heath is generally light on bunkers, especially in fairways. Perhaps the use of a few more would break up the similar visuals of holes.
The only par 3 not around the quarries, the diminutive 14th weighs in at 107 yards. This photo is well in front of the tee.
More to follow.