Course Open, 1 temporary green, buggies ok. (updated 21 November at 08:19)
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1st Hole - Casterbridge
435 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 9

Standing on the first tee you have a beautiful view of Dorchester. This view gives the hole its name 'Casterbridge' taken from Thomas Hardy's name for Dorchester. A straightforward hole that plays downhill. The approach shot demands attention as you play downhill to a green that slopes away from you.
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The first hole from the tee

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2nd Hole - Linden Lea
156 yards Par 3 Stroke Index 17

Named after a poem written by the Dorset poet William Barnes. This short par 3 is well bunkered. A good tee shot is required if you don't want to be left a difficult up and down; especially if you go left.
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View from behind the 2nd green

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3rd Hole - Spinney
279 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 15

Spinney meaning small wood; thicket. This short par 4 is a great test. Two accurate shots are needed to leave yourself with a realistic birdie chance. Anything from a 4 iron to a three wood takes you up level with the bunker and leaves you with a precise wedge to the hole. Stay below the hole in summer as the slick putt from above can take you back off the front of the green.
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View from the 3rd tee

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4th Hole - Woodside
579 yards Par 5 Stroke Index 11

The hole plays downhill with more views over Dorchester. Out of bounds down the right hand side. Two bunkers waiting for the big hitters.
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Second shot into the 4th green

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5th Hole - Valley
402 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 3

Back towards the clubhouse now and uphill through a valley. A long hole off the whites into any wind. A tough blind approach uphill to the green.
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View from behind the green

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6th Hole - Westward Ho
231 yards Par 3 Stroke Index 7

A great par three playing across the valley you have just played up. Beware the well placed bunkers to the left and right.
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View from the 6th tee

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7th Hole - Maiden Castle
407 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 5

Named after the largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe. Situated just 2 miles south of Dorchester it covers an area of 47 acres. 'Maiden' derives from the Celtic 'Mai Dun' which means 'great hill'. A blind, but straight forward tee shot. The approach is a feature of the course. Played from above to a green sunken into a side slope below. A great approach and a buzz when you knock it stiff.
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The approach to the 7th is a feature of the course.

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8th Hole - Hardy
335 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 13

Named after the Dorset poet and novelist 'Thomas Hardy'. The fairway is dominated by a large pit to the centre/left though some big hitters may decide to go over the pit. The fairway leads to the right of the pit but the further right you go the more you bring the large right hand greenside bunker into play on the second shot. Great hole from the white tee.
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Great hole from the white tee.

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9th Hole - Tweil
411 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 1

This hole leads back up to the club house. Stroke Index 1 on the card, it plays uphill all the way and requires two solid hits.
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The 9th plays uphill all the way and requires two solid hits.

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10th Hole - Fred May
141 yards Par 3 Stroke Index 18

The short 10th hole, Fred May, is played in the summer. Shots to the left can get a lucky bounce onto the green off the bank whilst shots to the right will run down into the trees.
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The short 10th hole

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11th Hole - Moonfleet
386 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 8

An accurate tee shot over an ancient mound, up the left hand side of the fairway rewards you with the best position from which to approach the green. Drives off the tee to the right of the fairway will run off into the rough.
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Keep to the left hand side of the fairway

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12th Hole - Diggory Venn
194 yards Par 3 Stroke Index 8

Named after a character in Thomas Hardy's book 'THe Return of the Native'. A great par 3 with a green set in a bank that slopes left to right, well guarded by two front bunkers.
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The 12th green is well guarded by two front bunkers.

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13th Hole - Greenhill Barrow
512 yards Par 5 Stroke Index 14

Named after the barrow situated halfway up the fairway. This is a staight forward par 5. Big hitter can reach in two if they can negotiate their way past the barrow.
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Big hitters can reach in two.

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14th Hole - Mistover Knapp
489 yards Par 5 Stroke Index 2

Named after a location in the book by Thomas Hardy 'The Return of the Native'. This is another straight forward hole. The approach to the green is made more difficult by a mound to the left hand side.
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The approach to the 14th green is made more difficult by a mound to the left hand side.

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15th Hole - Who's a Afear'd
179 yards Par 3 Stroke Index 12

As the name ( which is a motto of the county of Dorset) suggests, a dangerous hole with out of bounds around the back of the green. The hole, being at the top of the course, is made even more difficult if the wind is blowing.
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A dangerous hole with out of bounds around the back of the green.

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16th Hole - Slingers
404 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 4

The tee provides one of the best views on course. It overlooks Weymouth and Portland. Named Slingers in reference to Thomas Hardy's name for Portland 'The Isle of Slingers', due to the fact that Portlanders used to throw stones to keep Kimberlins (strangers) away. Out of bounds down the right hand side and grass bunkers on the left. The green is also bordered with out of bounds and has a well placed bunker guarding the front right hand side of the green.
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The 16th hole overlooks Weymouth and Portland.

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17th Hole - Polly's Pit
258 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 16

The hole takes its name from the large pit to the right of the green, which itself is named after the last Pony to be used to work on the course. A short risk and reward par 4. If you are going for the green off the tee, the pit to the right or the deep rough to the left await you if you miss the narrow entrance to the green.
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The 17th, A short risk and reward par 4.

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18th Hole - Home
446 yards Par 4 Stroke Index 6

A good finishing hole. The fairway runs off to the right. After two good hits you will have hopefully missed the pot bunker to the right and landed on the new USGA specification green, built recently in 2003 and opened in June 2004.
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A good finishing hole.