07 May 2019

Drone view of Hillside Golf Club – Home of the 2019 British Masters

Here is your bird’s eye view of Hillside Golf Club, arguably one of the greatest British Courses not to stage an Open Championship.

HOLE 1. 396 YARDS. Par 4. The railway dominates the left-hand side of the hole and the well bunkered fairway requires an accurate drive. If you manage to stay on the fairway, the approach to the green should be relatively straightforward.
HOLE 2. 526 YARDS. PAR 5. A substantial par 5 requiring a drive over an open ditch. Once again, the railway dominates the entire left side of the hazole, where you reach a severely sloped green from back to front.


Hole 3. 397 YARDS. PAR 4. Not the longest par 4 on the course but it always plays as one of the toughest. The drive needs to avoid fairway bunkers and an open ditch, leaving a tricky short iron to a well-protected green – note the pond to the right of the green!
HOLE 4. 195 YARDS. PAR 3. Into a prevailing wind this becomes a tough par 3. A long green requires careful club selection and there are bunkers waiting for errant shots!


HOLE 5. 562 YARDS. PAR 5. From the back tee there is a 230-yard carry to the fairway, with punishing bunkers lying in wait. A long carry is required to make the green in 2 or an accurate lay up is needed to avoid the dunes and bunkers.


HOLE 6. 444 YARDS. PAR 4. A strong par 4 from the championship tee requiring a long drive to the right side of the fairway to reveal a view of the green for the tricky approach shot to a slightly elevated green.


HOLE 7. 170 YARDS. Par 3. An attractive, straightforward par 3 played to an inviting green set on the edge of a pine wood.


HOLE 8. 393 YARDS. PAR4. A generous landing area awaits your drive, providing you don’t attempt to bite off more of the dog-leg than you should. Anything short of this green will gather towards the right-hand greenside bunkers.
HOLE 9. 419 YARDS. Par 4. Another generous landing area, however, for those tempted to dive over the road the carry is 300 yards. Another well bunkered green awaits as the course heads back towards the Clubhouse.
HOLE 10. 172 YARDS. PAR3. Now this is where it starts to get interesting! The following nine holes are set amongst spectacular dunes and this hole is no exception. A very tight green will reward an accurate shot, the front half of the green can be very slick.
HOLE 11. 509 YARDS. PAR 5. Many regard this as Hillside’s signature hole, certainly the view from the tee is well worth lingering over, as on a clear day the fells of the Lake District can be seen to the North. This majestic par 5 meanders through dunes to an elevated green which is just in front of the pine wood.
HOLE 12. 400 YARDS. PAR4. A pond on the right of this shortish par 4 must be avoided to leave a short iron approach into a green sloping from front to back.
HOLE 13. 402 YARDS. Par 4. A great looking par 4 played uphill and generally into the wind. The tall dunes give a marvellous sense of isolation.


HOLE 14. 419 YARDS. HOLE 4. The elevated championship tee once again affords a spectacular view with Snowdonia to the South and to the East to the fells of Lancashire. The hole is dominated by huge dunes.
HOLE 15. 421 YARDS. PAR 4. A significant dog-leg to the left with 4 fairway bunkers at the elbow. It’s a pretty approach to a green which is surrounded by dunes.
HOLE 16. 218 YARDS. PAR 4. Now this is one of the best par 3s you will play. Over 200 yards from the back tee, the green is set at a slight angle to the line of play. A huge ‘Mackenzie’ green awaits that sheds any errant shot away – no bunkers required here!


HOLE 17:. 547 YARDS. PAR 5. A majestic par 5 played from a spectacular high tee that entices the golfer to open their shoulders – but beware as trouble awaits along the entire length of the hole.
HOLE 18. 480 YARDS. PAR4. A spectacular new championship tee provides a fitting finish to a memorable round. At 480 yards it is a demanding par 4 with a well-protected green just yards away from the 19th!



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