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Hole Sixteen

Par 4,  Yards 390,  Stroke Index 18

Old Kent Road

Par 4, Yards 390, Stroke Index 18
Pro's Tip

“For long hitters, unless you are going for the green, a fairway wood will be better from the tee playing left of the fairway bunker that catches many a drive. The approach is much easier when the pin is on the lower tier but if on the back, a pitch and run in dry conditions is the most successful play.”

Hole Description

In 1891 a sandy track ran from the Berrow Church to the Berrow Inn across what is now the 16th hole. In those days it was the fifth hole and was similar to today’s 16th but with the tee much further back and right of today’s tee and the green fifty yards further on from today’s green. At 417 yards, bogey 5, it was the longest hole on the course. This sandy track ran across the 5th fairway and along the side of a huge sand hill to the right of the 5th green called “Majuba”. At this point it was a very unpleasant and unplayable track with deep pot holes and scrub. It was called “The Old Kent Road” and was an integral part of the course. The “Old Kent Road” is highlighted on Leach’s map of the course in 1894.

The hole was shortened by moving the tee forward when it was extended to 18 holes in 1897 to keep away from the line of the new outward holes, and shortened again with a new green in the 1901 extension when the tee for the 17th hole was moved. The hole has changed very little since then.

Hole Burnham Blacks Brassie Spoon Baffy Cleek Par Stroke
Index
S.I.
1 381 381 373 366 360 4 / 5 9
2 422 395 387 381 371 4 / 5 3
3 369 369 354 333 311 4 13
4 515 499 493 482 423 5 7
5 194 157 144 135 122 3 15
6 434 417 396 390 344 4 5
7 451 451 443 438 418 4 / 5 1
8 516 479 451 446 422 5 11
9 182 168 156 141 124 3 17
10 399 379 365 359 324 4 10
11 455 419 410 378 373 4 / 5 4
12 202 202 195 108 108 3 12
13 572 559 544 532 476 5 2
14 192 181 167 154 119 3 16
15 477 443 436 365 341 4 / 5 6
16 390 350 340 330 320 4 18
17 201 201 182 144 142 3 14
18 450 450 442 388 377 4 / 5 8
In 3338 3184 3081 2758 2580 34 / 37
Out 3464 3316 3197 3112 2895 36 / 39
Total 6802 6500 6278 5870 5475 70 / 76