The 9 holes of the Sea course
SEA COURSE: HOLE 1
Pro tips: given the shape of the green, undulating and with a high step, and a reduced drive landing area for long players, it is best for them to play a 3-shot hole to reach the shallow green, surrounded at the back by a challenging rough.
Par 5, 508 metres, dogleg right, with tee-shot surrounded by a small obstacle on the left and the out of bounds of the driving range on the right, bordered by large mounds and grass bunkers making for a picturesque hole with plays of light and shadows at certain times of day; slightly elevated green, very wide but shallow, not always reachable in 2 shots, even by powerful players.
SEA COURSE: HOLE 2
Pro tips: for safety, look for assistance from the hill to the left of the green, which often returns the ball close to the green, even with the most off-centre shots.
The signature hole of the Sea Course thanks to its enticing conformation, with a green over 50 metres long, protected by a deep bunker on the right, with very varied and difficult flag positions possible, given the slopes that feature here. Players will need to get past the generous lake that lies between the tee and the green, with a long and accurate shot.
SEA COURSE: HOLE 3
Pro tips: beware of the out of bounds on the right and the small pot bunker, which come into play on days with northerly winds in particular, since the elevated tee leaves the ball airborne for some time and exposed to the breeze.
Par 4 with a high, panoramic start, dogleg right, fairly large landing area, defended by bunkers on three sides. Powerful players can get very close to the green with a long and accurate drive.
SEA COURSE: HOLE 4
Pro tips: for less experienced players, a conservative strategy, reaching the green in three shots and avoiding the drive from the tee may be wisest.
Rather long and narrow par 4, hcp 2 in the 18-hole course, surrounded by a penalty area on the left and right for the entire length of the hole. Challenging tee shot and second shot towards a green full of micro-slopes, with the lake just steps away on the left.
SEA COURSE: HOLE 5
Pro tips: short par 3, great for starting and aiming for a birdie, but beware of the flags on the right, locations where the ball tends to slide off the green to the right and exit due to the slope of the green.
Short par 3, with the green positioned sideways with two bunkers behind and one in front of the green, reminiscent of the famous hole 12 in Augusta, and also replicating some of its challenges in the presence of strong wind.
SEA COURSE: HOLE 6
Pro tips: due to the shape of the green and the long shot to be made from the tee, it is advisable to aim for the left part of the green, without ending up beyond the two large mounds to the left of the green itself, a position which would result in a difficult approach.
Medium-long par 3 of 165 metres for yellow tees, a good shot will reach a particularly long green leaning from left to right all the way, with a protective bunker on the right side.
SEA COURSE: HOLE 7
Pro tips: on the second shot, avoid the deep pot bunker positioned in the centre of the green to defend it. Use an extra iron on the second shot, to compensate for the climb.
Par 4 straight uphill in the final part, with a very wide green and a wide range of flag positions. Penalty areas all along the left and right side make this hole very interesting. Spectacular design with some big grass bunkers at the end of the fairway, with marvellous plays of light and shadow at certain times of the day.
SEA COURSE: HOLE 8
Pro tips: it is best to avoid the bunkers defending the green if you have not passed them with the second shot, then a lay-up shot in front of them could be a great option.
Par 5, dogleg right, can be completed in two shots by the most powerful players, but has a delicate tee shot with penalty area on the right (bordered by the outer edge of the cart track) and on the left, with a bunker at the arrival of the drive. Large green with a central bank, defended by two large bunkers that do not allow the second shot to reach the rolling green.
SEA COURSE: HOLE 9
Pro tips: recovery hole where everyone can aim for a birdie, pay attention however to the steep slope from right to left, and therefore also to approaches from outside the green to the right, which are all downhill.
Short uphill par 4, powerful players can get close the green or even reach it with the first shot. You then reach a wide and deep green, defended by a bunker to the left. Hole located in front of the Clubhouse terrace, which boasts a full panoramic view.