Staddon Heights G C
Weather & Course Condition
Dry sunny day with a gentle breeze, course was in very good condition well manicured.
This clubhouse sits on top of a high hill and overlooks Plymouth sound and Plymouth, a great view when you have your pint and meal after your round. There is a small pro shop which stocks all that is needed, the club house is welcoming and all the staff are friendly and very helpful. Car parking is plentiful with a putting area by the drive as you enter with a driving net nearby. On the day of my visit I was playing in a doubles open competition and the organisation on the day was first class.
All yardage is from the yellow tee’s
Hole 1 – 308yds – Par 4
Crossing the main road to the first tee you pass a tee box just in front of the putting green which has been used as the first tee in opens before but as your drive crosses the main road is not used often nowadays. From the 1st tee the fairway turns slightly right from about 150yds out from the green. Ideal drive is to be on the fairway just past the 150yd marker but be careful of the trees on the right of the fairway which have seen many a drive land amongst them. Your second should get you on or near the green which is protected both sides by bunkers but beware of straying too far left as the fence line is O.O.B.
Good first hole which is possible to par for the higher handicappers or even better.
Hole 2 – 202yds – Par 3
A long par 3 that needs good club selection, I’ve used various clubs in previous rounds with different results depending on how I am playing on the day, on this day things were not going well and taking my rescue club knowing there are no problems on this hole to worry about duly messed it up and pulled it left leaving a 100yd shot from the rough to the green. The green rolls from front to back so holding the front of the green can be a little difficult unless you can intentionally put spin on the ball. Today I scored six my previous visit I birdied it, a simple hole that can give different results, nice hole.
Hole 3 – 453yds – Par 4
A long par 4 this one where two good shots are required just to get close to the green for us normal golfers, From the tee you will not be able to see the green but your line is at the marker post in the middle of the fairway and with no trouble to worry about you can let rip. Anywhere on the fairway is a good result leaving a good 3 wood for your second. The green is slightly tucked behind a group of established trees on the right of the fairway so the ideal position is on the left of the fairway leaving a shot into the large green which should you overshoot (as I did) there is plenty of room to play back from. This green as with all the others is a test on your putting skills but is smooth and runs well.
Hole 4 – 252yds – Par 4
So glad it was a nice day as from this tee you can look out over the breakwater and take in the great view, as this is a short par 4 big hitters will reach the green while most of us will hope to land on the fairway leaving a short pitch to the flat green which has bunkers around it. Sounds easy but any shot going left will be lost and as most will aim down the right hand side to compensate for it there are bunkers waiting for you.
Hole 5 – 490yds – Par 5
From the tee your drive has to carry over the 4th green clear the brook that is around 130yds before reaching the fairway which goes uphill as can be seen in the photo. Sounds easy until your there and you may well try harder on your drive that can leave you in the bad stuff on the left or even in the brook, most annoying when you know that if this hole was level you would clear everything with no trouble but because the way the land is it appears further and you try harder. Should you reach the fairway a good second shot is required straight up the hill which hit well may leave you at the dog leg right and around 100yds from the green but should you not get the distance your third will be either a safe shot round the corner leaving you on the fairway short of the green or over the small trees and bushes to the green which may not be visible from where you are. The green is kidney shaped and well protected all round by bunkers so avoiding them is a challenge.
Hole 6 – 350yds – Par 4
Coming back down the course your tee shot needs to be between the two groups of trees that are both sides of the fairway preferably past them and on the fairway. Your second will need to carry the water hazard with the green just behind it, my advice is better to have too much club for your second even if you fly the green rather than put it in the drink. Green is large but a lot higher at the back than the front so coming from behind the green will still be a challenge as it could still roll all the way across the green into the water.
Hole 7 – 368yds – Par 5
Wide open fairway rising gently to the large green in the distance, no real problems here as long as your drive does not go into the water hazard from the previous hole but lands on the fairway.
Hole 8 – 414yds – Par 4
Another wide open fairway but green is not visible from tee, anyone who gets on the green in two is playing well as this is a long hole, I am happy to get on in three. A few bunkers around the large green but watch out for the two that are in front of the bunker on the right of the fairway, green is huge and although flat is not level so can be challenging to putt on.
Hole 9 – 423yds – Par 4
Straight uphill hole but trees line both sides and can either attract balls or block off your second shot to the green so staying on the fairway is the preference here. Large green awaits that sits on a small plateau, getting on in three is a good result for most of us.
Hole 10 – 359yds – Par 4
From the tee the green is blocked off by the trees on the right, as the fairway drops down slightly to the right turn so a drive to the turn is ideal leaving a second upto the large green but be ready to shout fore if you go to the left of the green as the 11th tee is just by it.
Hole 11 – 350yds – Par 4
A challenging hole this one, a dog leg left to a raised multi-tier green, when on the tee be aware of any wayward approach shot on the 10th that may come your way. As you can see from the photo there is a large bush about 50yds in front of you, ideally you will land up at the dog leg on the right of the fairway as should you be on the left you will have a blind shot over the trees to the green or opt to play back to the middle of the fairway, from the right the green is in view and depending on which tier the flag is on gives you a chance of getting on the green in two. There is quite a large difference in height of the tiers on this green so being on the right one is the result as there is a hard putting challenge waiting for you if not. I love greens like this prefer them to flat greens.
Hole 12 – 312yds – Par 4
This hole is a lot easier now they have cleared the large bank that use to be on the left of the fairway, you can now see the green from the tee but a good drive is still required and your second needs to go over the group of trees in front of the green. This is another hole that can reward of punish you depending on how you are playing on the day.
Hole 13 – 385yds – Par 4
Crossing the main road and a short walk down to the 13th tee leaves you looking down the fairway with Plymouth in the background, the green is not visible from the tee so a drive that stays on the fairway is all that is required, the second to a green that is below you can be very deceiving, I have played with a few players and the line is not just right of the green but well right is the line as the ball when it lands will turn a lot to the left. This is probably one of my favourite holes on this course.
Hole 14 – 352yds – Par 4
Normally I’m getting tired at this point and make a right mess of my drive also the last hole was one of my favourites but this hole is one of my least favourites, from the tee the fairway rises up with the green in the distance, the line should be the group of trees on the left as everything will roll left to right. Your second to the green will still be a blind shot but there is a tall marker post behind the green that is visible and aiming slightly left of it is a good line to take. Two good shots should leave you near to the green which is slightly smaller than previous greens and a challenge to boot.
Hole 15 – 138yds – Par 3
After a short walk through the bushes you will come to the 15th tee, from here the large green awaits with a large bank behind it but to get there you have to clear the rough area and with the right club selection you will be on it. More likely than not you will be short leaving an interesting pitch up the steep slope to the green or you will be off to the right leaving another interesting pitch to the green or reloading your tee as your ball has gone in the rough never to be seen again.
Hole 16 – 342yds – Par 4
This drive will test you as the fairway goes uphill and turns slightly right and is quite narrow, anything left is trouble and should you go right the bushes and trees will come into play. I tend to go with a 3 wood here and usually I am on the fairway, your second shot may still be a blind shot to the green and can be a challenging shot as the narrow fairway runs along a ridge which drops sharply down on the left and sharply rises on the right where the bushes and trees await. Take a club you know you can hit straight rather than going for the green, sooner be on the fairway short of it than lose your ball. Green is large but should you overshoot there is a steep bank going down at the back and your ball could end up O.O.B.
Hole 17 – 185yds – Par 3
Good par 3 this one, with bunkers waiting for you around the green club selection is vital, 7 iron to drivers can be used here depending on wind conditions. I normally use a 3 wood and my line is well left of the green as I rely on the ball landing on the bank and rolling onto the green which for me is ideal for if I go to far left I can still pitch onto the green.
Hole 18 – 321yds – Par 4
The final hole which is uphill towards the clubhouse, my line here is the group of trees that are by the houses on the right this should leave me around 150yds uphill to the green. Beware of going left as O.O.B runs close to the left hand side of the fairway. Now for your second, putting aside that you are being watched by all in the clubhouse and O.O.B. is only a few yards behind the green (no pressure then) I usually take a easy rescue wood and either land on the green or make a mess of it much to the amusement to all watching. The green is large and bunkers are on the left and right of it which have been visited by me many times in the past, the green rises quite a lot from front to back so keep it in mind if you are on the front and the pin is near the back you will have to putt a lot harder than expected.