“The opening tee shot is testing, as it is usually into the prevailing wind. Particular attention to alignment is necessary as the tee points you left of the centre and ideally you should be up the middle or right of centre about 220/240 yards avoiding the left side mounds. The approach shot too, needs care as the green has a narrow entrance – this is one hole that a shorter accurate drive is much better than a longer wayward drive.”
A big feature of the hole. The original first hole was a short blind hole over the top of the sand dunes to a green in a hollow just to the right hand side of the current practice ground. Following a report proposed by Harry Colt in 1913 to remove all the blind shots and to make the course more challenging by replacing the poor holes. His initial idea was to build a new first hole running north of today’s 1st to a green close to what was the original 3rd tee (Todays 2nd tee). But by 1920 when the new hole was built, the design had changed and required the removal of part of the sand hill which forms the gap up the present fairway.