Dainton Park G C
Weather & Course Condition
Dry bright day and course was in perfect condition, close mown fairways, great greens and level tees.
You will find this course on the Newton Abbot to Totnes road in the village of Ipplepen.This is possible the best course to play in Devon although it is let down by their booking system that seems to have a few issues as my booking did not show when I arrived at the pro shop but they did let me out some half an hour after the tee time I had originally booked then tried to make out that they had done me a favour when in fact their system caused the problem, hopefully this is now sorted out. As I said earlier this is one if not the best course to play in the county and you will want to come back. The clubhouse is one of the best also and they have a great menu, on a personal note the only thing I didn’t like is that the range is uphill and it is quite a steep one, it just doesn’t work for me.
All yardage is from the yellow tee’s
Hole 1 – Par 4 – 337yds
A straightforward hole to start with from the tee as long as you don’t go to far left or right, for the long drivers the water that is in front and to the left of the green could come into play as it is downhill from tee to green, for the rest of us depending on how far you have driven will mean either a lay up or shot to the green for your second. The green is large and hopefully the water to the left will not come into play.
Hole 2 – Par 4 – 335yds
From the raised tee there is a right angle dog leg left some 160yds out, to the left of the fairway is a large body of water that will come into play should you decide to cut the corner but if successful will leave you very near the green. If you decide on the more conventional route you should be on or near the green in two and with a large flat green waiting this should give you a good chance for par or even a birdie.
Hole 3 – Par 5 – 442yds
As with most of the holes here this one is wide and open and it will take two very good hits to be near the green even for the best of us. Not a hard hole this one but it will certainly punish you if you are not striking your ball well, this hole is slightly uphill to start with but the last 150yds is steeper to the long smooth green.
Hole 4 – Par 3 – 126yds
A short uphill par 3 but as you can see from the photo club selection is paramount if you want to reach the green, for me a 9 iron would have normally worked but as it is so steep I went with 7 would love to say I reached the green but eventually duffed the drive but others in the group I was playing with used from pitching wedge to a 3 wood.
Hole 5 – Par 4 – 389yds
This is a great hole to play as it is downhill, for the big hitters who can get over the slightly flatter area some 120yds from the green there is a possibility that you may reach the green in one! For the most of us to end up on the flatter area will leave a good distance to the green for your second but beware of the bunkers around the green.
Hole 6 – Par 4 – 380yds
A long uphill par 4, for anyone who’s handicap is in the 20’s and they get on the green in two then your handicap is wrong as there would be a lot of lower handicap players who will struggle to do that. The best that I could hope for was to get on the green for 3 and a single putt, but that didn’t happen and a bogey was recorded but I was still happy with the result.
Hole 7 – Par 4 – 339yds
Yet another great looking hole which can reward or punish you depending on how you are playing. As long as you stay on the fairway the green is reachable for your second shot. With large fairway bunkers down the right as long as you don’t stray that way the only other ones to be careful of are near the green.
Hole 8 – Par 3 – 175yds
When leaving the 7th green you will see a small building just to the right of the 8th tee which houses a toilet and food and drinks machines so make sure you have some loose change in your bag.
Another hole which need good club selection as the large green is surrounded by many bunkers, this green is smaller than most of the others so landing and staying on it is a challenge.
Hole 9 – Par 4 – 305yds
From the raised tee there are two bunkers on the righthand side that are reachable and I suspect have come into play quite regularly. From the fairway the green is reachable but be careful of the hedgerow that is just to the left of the green and the bunkers front left and right of it.
Hole 10 – Par 4 – 342yds
Now for the back nine which I found harder than the first nine, from the 10th tee it is all out of bounds down the left and with a sharp dog leg left about 120yds from the tee club selection is vital, if you take on the dog leg with a driver and can produce a draw you could be left in a good position but a lot of trouble abounds if you miss hit. A straight shot that is too long can leave you in the trees, I used a recovery wood that left me just short of them but it was still a long way to the green with trouble all down the left hand side and bunkers just in front. The green is big and taking 3 or even more putts is possible.
Hole 11 – Par 4 – 371yds
This hole looks easier than it really is, from the tee the first part is downhill but then the fairway rises quite steeply upto the green. As long as your on the short green stuff you will struggle to see the green as it is so far above you, the green itself is large and flat the hard part is reaching it in two.
Hole 12 – Par 4 – 371yds
This hole is the same length as the 11th and returns back alongside it, it is narrower than the 11th and your drive does not want to be down the right as the trees in the photo will come into play. As you will see the fairway does narrow here and any shot left will leave you in the lap of the gods. A reasonably drive will leave a shot uphill to the large green.
Hole 13 – Par 4 – 312yds
This hole goes gently downhill then upto the green with water in the dip and trees on the right means it will punish a bad or miss hit drive although should you hit it well and hold the fairway it will turn a hole that can shed you shots into a possible birdie chance.
Hole 14 – Par 5 – 457yds
Returning in the opposite direction to the 14th it drops slightly downhill then gentle rises uphill to the green but once again with water waiting in the dip it is a driving challenge that can reward or punish you. If you are not a big hitter then look to play just short of the water, if you want to take it on then beware of the bunkers on the left just over the water. Once clear of the water it is still a long way to go to the green so will require two good shots but beware of the trees running both sides of the fairway. There are a couple of bunkers just in front of the green but clear these and get on the green is what you are looking for.
Hole 15 – Par 3 – 142yds
A straightforward hole this one as long as you don’t go left as these trees will eat your ball. This is one of the easier holes on the back nine.
Hole 16 – Par 5 – 456yds
Love this hole, from the tee is is all downhill to the green, as long as you hit a straight drive you will find you will be hitting possibly your longest drive of the round, anything left will put you in trouble or even Out of Bounds and your ball may go bouncing down the lane which runs alongside this hole. With plenty of fairway bunkers that still come into play for you second and anything left can be a issue you will still need a couple of good shots to get on the green.
Hole 17 – Par 3 – 152yds
With a large tree just to the front right of the green and trees on the left a good straight drive is needed to leave you with a chance for par or better. A good par 3 this one as long as you get club selection right.
Hole 18 – Par 4 -340yds
A good drive just to the left of the fairway bunker or even over the bunker will leave you hopefully just short of the leat that crosses this fairway.The green is uphill for your second and just in front of the clubhouse which on a nice day you can guarantee there will be a audience watching (no pressure then) The green is well protected by bunkers and a good second is needed to get on it or you can play just short of the green and play a pitch up and hopefully a 1 putt for par.