High Post Golf Club
Played 04.04.2017

Weather & Course Condition

Overcast with some sunny intervals, this course is on top of a hill and as such it could suffer from strong winds on the day of my visit there was a strong breeze. The course was in very good condition with wide fairways but on some holes the rough could be a little testing, all the greens were large and quick and the ball ran smooth and true.

Review

Turning in from the main road the club house is on the right with the course on the left, there is a good large car park with a overspill area. There are good practice facilities for you to loosen up before your round, a driving range, couple of nets, pitching and bunker area and a large putting green. The pro shop is large, clean and well equipped with everything you would expect and I was warmly welcomed and professionally dealt with. The clubhouse is more than adequate and the members I met were so friendly and welcoming it made my visit a joy.

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All yardage is from the yellow tee’s
Hole 1 – Par 4 – 376yds

From the first tee you look down to the green in the distance below, the fairway is wide without too many problems but do not put your drive over the hedge on the left as the main road runs the other side. A reasonable drive should leave you with a shot into the green which has bunkers to both sides of it but there is a large space between them.

Hole 2 – Par 5 – 484yds

Once again a wide fairway welcomes you from the tee, with bunkers on the left hand side unless you know you can clear them as the hole does turn to the right the sensible drive is up the middle which if you have driven well could leave with the opportunity to reach the green in two. This is a relatively easy  par 5 and after the hole your confidence should be high to get a par.

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Hole 3 – Par 4 – 413yds

A good par 4 which seems to kink a little right then left to a large green, although the fairway is wide there are a couple of bunkers waiting on the right about 200yds away. If you are just short of these it will leave a shot to the green which for me was just reachable with my 3 wood but beware of the bunkers.

Hole 4 – Par 4 – 327yds

A shorter par 4 which is slightly below you means it is reachable from the tee for the longer hitters, as for the rest of us there is once again a wide fairway but there is long rough on the right hand side of it which is where I ended up but even so depending on your lie the green is still reachable with a wedge.

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Hole 5 – Par 3 – 155yds

As can be seen from the photo this hole should not cause to much of a problem, the green is large and slightly raised so good club selection and a good line should leave you on the green.

Hole 6 – Par 5 – 468yds

Another par 5 whereby the green is reachable in two, as the fairway rolls down towards the green from around 180yds a good drive will leave you with a shot to the green. There is a fairway bunker on the right hand side so try to keep left of it, the green although large is longer than it is wide and trees and bushes wrap around it’s better to be short of the green than long.

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Hole 7 – Par 4 – 402yds

This hole is stroke index 1 and if it’s your first time playing here although it is short in length it can spoil your round. It is a dog leg left and the green is not visible from the tee, the fairway is wide but from the tee does not feel too wide as any shot pushed will be in trouble and there are problems on the left, if you are full of confidence a drive over the bushes on the left would be ideal, otherwise a straight drive will leave a blind shot to the green.

Hole 8 – Par 3 – 124yds

A short par 3 with bunkers all round the green and trouble outside of them, if like myself you are struggling on the par 3’s this hole can cause you to shed shots and as this is one of the smaller greens the better player would have to be very careful, a good hole that will test you.

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Hole 9 – Par 4 – 377yds

From the tee it is a blind drive over a few bushes in front of the tee, this is one hole where anything but a reasonably straight shot could be in trouble but even a drive down the fairway you may still end up searching for your ball as the hole drops quite steeply down and curves to the right so it could roll a lot further than you may expect. Your approach shot will be up to a raised green but good club selection is required as over hitting this one will be a problem.

Hole 10 – Par 4 – 332yds

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Hole 11 – Par 3 – 145yds

Hole 11 – Par 3 – 145yds
A straight forward par 3 this one, make sure you take enough club to reach the green, a chance for a birdie here if you take more than four you’ll be kicking yourself.

Hole 12 – Par 4 – 412yds

The fairway slopes gently right to left so aim to the right of the fairway and hope the ball follows your planned line not like me sent mine left of middle and ended up nearly on the 13th fairway in the rough. If you are on the fairway a good second should see you on or near the green however beware of the bunkers some 70yds short of the green waiting for the duff shot, if like me your in the rough, play the safe game get it back on the fairway rather than going for it. The large green is slightly raised and is large but beware of the bunkers around it I’m sure many a player has been in them.

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Hole 13 – Par 4 – 309yds

A shortish par 4 that goes gently uphill, from the tee you will see a couple of bunkers on the left of the fairway and a couple more on the right which are waiting for you should you hit a good drive, for me it was a 3 wood which left me just short of them leaving a mid iron shot upto the green, for me my rescue wood was perfect and as the green slopes from back to front you can attack the green but don’t overshoot it as trouble lurks behind and you could shed shots. Once on the large green your putting skills will be well challenged.

Hole 14 – Par 4 – 358yds

I can hit my driver about 200yds and this hole was ideal for me, or so I thought with plenty of room on this hole as long as you don’t pull it to the right it’s not to bad, for the longer hitters you will have to be accurate or better still leave the driver in the bag, for myself I hit one of the best drives of the day ended up in a great spot in the middle of the fairway but a duffed 2nd left me in what I thought was a bunker short of the green on the right of the fairway, luckily once I got there it was not a bunker but there was a large bank in front of me. A large flat green awaits your approach shot without too much trouble around it, a most enjoyable hole this one.

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Hole 15 – Par 4 – 337yds

Another straight par 4 hole, wide fairway with room on the left a good tee shot should leave you in a good position for your 2nd into the green, if your not a big hitter the sensible shot is to play just short of the green leaving a simple pitch & putt and a par is still possible.

Hole 16 – Par 4 – 435yds

Loved this hole as I managed to birdie it, you need to aim down the right hand side as your ball will roll back into the middle of the fairway you will be then left with a second uphill to the green, for me I hit a 3 wood which landed just in front of the green and hopped up on to it, the pair in front of me on the next tee started to shout at me and I thought I may have hit them but once upto the green I found my ball no more than 2ft from the hole (what luck) nice hole this one, especially if you get a result like mine.

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Hole 17 – Par 3 – 165yds

From alongside the tee there is a fence that runs all the way down so you don’t want to go left, to the right some 80yds out there is a group of trees  so you will need a reasonably straight shot from the tee, the sensible shot here is to play your shot just short left of the green leaving a easy chip on but should you go for it beware of all the bunkers waiting there and if like me you end up in them they can be a little tricky.

Hole 18 – Par 4 – 404yds

This is some finishing hole, the fairway slopes from left to right so aim left but not to far as trouble is waiting for the errant shot. For us normal players it is still a long way upto the green but take good aim at the marker post and hope your ball follows that line. The green is flat and large so if you are short of it which most will be it is a relatively easy chip shot onto the green.

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