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I think I'd say the first. I don't necessarily think it is the absolute best hole on the course, but the scale of the fairway movement is like nothing I had ever seen before. It smashes you in the face right from the start. It was, I think, a very brave piece of design to offer that golfer as the opening shot.
I liked #1 a lot, but really wasn't prepared for it(either time )But I gotta say the 10th-we saw some pretty cool pins the two times I played it..Amongst the par 3's I liked the 5th best.
All good points on 5, 9, 10, 17, for me though it is another vote for 1 as the best hole. All the reasons Adam mentions, and that's not even getting into the slow reveal as you get up to the corner! A gorgeous approach, beautifuly framed, subtle green, and loved the gentle trap door left (even though I teetered through it). I also enjoyed the easy flow of 1 into 2 into 3, the 3 holes have a lovely rhythm to get things under way.
Mike, those two bunkers at 16 green gather everything short and right of centre. That’s a harder green to bounce one on than you would suspect given the downhill nature.
it is usually easy to reduce the number of candidates on a course by immediately discounting holes that aren't really in with a shout which on most courses is most of them.
This thread just proves how good the course is. So many different holes named and I’ve read through it like a nodding dog thinking “yep, that one’s great”. Yet my favourite is one not mentioned by anyone else, the 6th.It’s suits a slightly longer hitter and I’m just long enough to get the thrill of going for it in two off the right tees. I couldn’t carry the drive over the fairway so had to place a 4-iron into the far left corner of the first part of the fairway, risking going long or pulling it. From there is a thrilling shot with a 3-wood, trying to draw it in. It needs that shot to get over the front ridge and onto the green but avoid the left bunker. The course has countless of these shots and they’ll be different for different players. Loads of fun.