Today's course has a number of features to put your skills to the test, including three bunkers of varying depths and a water feature, the cundy (or small stream) on hole 7.
Slightly uphill and often into the prevailing westerly wind, the opening shot is important if you are going to have a line into the green for your second. Aim just to the right of the oak left of centre in the fairway. Be careful not to go through the green as the ditch in front of the ha-ha is deep.
Straightforward longish par 3. Don't take too much club or you could go over the drystone dyke behind the green.
Taking its name from the Kingarroch Inn at the bottom of the valley, this is the only 'blind' shot on the course. Wait for the bell if there are players in front. This is a short par 4 that requires accuracy off the tee and punishes the slice or hook. Play within yourself. Anywhere on the fairway and the green is easily within reach for your second.
The shortest hole on the course. Don't overshoot or you could easily become entangled in the trees at the back of the hole.
The longest hole on the course and sometimes a birdie opportunity if you get the line right and don't try to cut the corner. The two 1920s-style inland bunkers are clear to see in front of the green. Getting over them is important, but beware the long rough beyond.
Hit your drive left of centre in order to have a safe approach for your second. The cundy lies in wait to catch any ball in the light rough either left or right of the fairway at the lowest point of the hole.
Judging distance is everything. Too short and you are in the cundy or the bunker. Too long and you are in the deep grass on the bank behind. Is it a full niblick or mashie niblick, or do you go down the shaft on a mid mashie? Good luck.
If your tee-shot doesn’t go the distance to see the flag on this dogleg left, don’t risk going over the trees. Play up short and hope to chip and putt for your par. If you are not going to chip in, leave your ball below the hole as there is more slope to deal with than on any other green.
A wonderful hole to finish your round with, well chosen by Frederick and Hugh Sharp all those years ago. Do you play safe and take a mid mashie for the centre of the fairway or select the spoon and go for the green? It all depends on the condition of your match!