Whitley Bay Golf Club

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Hole by Hole Tour

Our course is one of the finest tests of golf in the North East. At 6579 yards (par 72, SSS 72) it has hosted many National and County events over many years including a European Tour event in 1977.

Significant improvements to the lay out including a bunker renovation programme have taken place over recent years adding to our policy of continuous improvement.

Whitley Bay – Hole 1

A par 5 gentle opener regularly played into the prevailing Westerly breeze. Out of bounds all down the left hand side is protected by trees and two bunkers at driving distance encouraging golfers to keep to the right side of the fairway.

Approaching the green the two bunkers to the left makes a shot to the right half of the green the sensible option. The slope of the green from front to back requires early concentration.

Yardage  White 476   Yellow 465   Red 375

Pro’s tip

Keep to the right side of this hole all the way up to the green to avoid all the trouble. On your approach to the green try and leave the ball below the pin as the green slopes severely from back to front.

Whitley Bay – Hole 2

A tough second hole with out of bounds down the left and a bunker right at driving distance. For those long enough to make the green in two, beware the bunker right of the green.

The green is much larger than it looks from the fairway and players walking off with a par should be well satisfied.

Yardage White 422 Yellow 406 Red 388

Pro’s tip

Nowhere to hide on this tough tee shot, long and straight is the only option here. If you have found the fairway then make sure you take plenty of club to a large green that sits above you.

Whitley Bay – Hole 3

The first view of the famous St Mary’s Lighthouse. A short hole protected by out of bounds on the left, a gully in front and 3 strategically placed pot bunkers to the right of the green

Yardage White 172 Yellow 157 Red 149

Pro’s tip

Usually plays down wind to a green that slopes away from you. Land your ball towards the front of the green to release to the hole.

Whitley Bay – Hole 4

A raised tee gives a good view of a slight dog-leg left. A good drive to the right side of the fairway for the best short iron shot to a green protected by bunkers left and right

Yardage White 377  Yellow 368 Red 310

Pro’s tip

Drive down the right side of the fairway to leave yourself a straight shot up the green to a well guarded green. If the pin is at the front try to leave yourself below the pin as the front portion of this green slopes towards you.

Whitley Bay – Hole 5

The first sight of the Briar Dene. A good drive required to clear the hazard keeping to the left side of the fairway.

After a picturesque walk over the Dene on the pedestrian bridge a slight dog-leg right requires a mid-iron shot to the green protected by a bunker to the right.

Yardage White 391 Yellow 374  Red 3740

Pro’s tip

Favour the left side of the fairway to leave yourself the best view and line up the green

Whitley Bay – Hole 6

Good par 5 with out of bounds close down the right. Drive to the marker post on the left of the fairway (with an iron if a long hitter!).

With a good view of the hole, an accurate second shot will result in a short iron to a split level green protected by bunkers on either side. Playing to the right level avoids a tricky put from above or below the hole

Yardage White 515 Yellow 501 Red 458

Pro’s tip

Long hitters can drive over the fairway bunkers with plenty room over the top, otherwise its a 3 shot par 5. Try and leave your approach short of the pin if its on the top section of the green as the green slopes severely from back to front. DON’T GO LONG!

Whitley Bay – Hole 7

Very testing par 4 where a good drive leaves a tricky second shot to a bunkered green. The normal mistake here is under-clubbing to a green that is significantly higher than the second shot. A par is always a good score on this hole.

Yardage White 374 Yellow 356 Red 358

Pro’s tip

Fairway bunker can be cleared by the bigger hitters to leave a very short iron in, if not it’s a mid iron to a raised green. Again a green that slopes severely from back to front so keep your ball below the pin.

Whitley Bay – Hole 8

A short dog-leg right with a bunker at long driving distance right. Very long drivers beware of the cross ditch. A short second shot to a green well protected by bunkers.

Yardage White 352 Yellow 334 Red 332

Pro’s tip

Favour the left side of the fairway to open up the small but tightly guarded green. Only a short iron in but easier not to be coming in over the bunkers.

Whitley Bay – Hole 9

An excellent finish to the front nine. This hole is normally played into the prevailing breeze. This hole requires an accurate shot to a well protected narrow green.

Yardage White 155 Yellow 146 Red 142

Pro’s tip

Only a good shot will find the green on this tough short par 3. Miss the green and your going to be left with a tricky bunker or chip shot.

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Whitley Bay – Hole 10

The start to the back nine with an elevated tee to a slight dog-leg right shaped hole. Beware the ditch around 60 yards from the green.

A good drive leaves a mid-iron shot to a bunkered green sloping down from front to back

Yardage White 356 Yellow 337 Red 319

Pro’s tip

A drive to the left side of the fairway will open the green up and take the front bunker out of play for your approach. Front ¾ of the green flat but back ¼ slopes down to the back of the green.

Whitley Bay – Hole 11

A testing par 4 which is a slight dog leg to the right with an uphill drive to the left of the fairway to ensure a good view of the green.  A long green protected by a bunker right finishes off a tough hole where a par is a score to be proud of.

Yardage White 414 Yellow 401 Red 340

Pro’s tip

As above

Whitley Bay – Hole 12

The signature hole of the course, a magnificent par 5 which meanders its way West along the side of the Dene. A drive to the right of the fairway misses the bunker left.

For the mere mortal a second shot to the right of “Charlie’s Folly” and short of the Dene gives a testing third to a two tier green, for once without any bunkers.

A brave long hitter may decide to take on the Dene to leave a short shot for risk and reward. Not many walk off unscathed with a par.

Yardage White 582 Yellow 566 Red 522

Pro’s tip

A drive down the right side of this fairway will catch the down slope and could give you a good extra 20 yards on your drive.

The 3rd shot is played to a green that sits well above you so best take plenty of club to get the  ball up the hill.

Whitley Bay – Hole 13

A good view from the tee while resting from the exertions of the 12th. A good par three with bunkers to the left and right.

Yardage White 162 Yellow 156 Red 161

Pro’s tip

Par 3 that is just as you see it. But don’t go long if the pin is at the back of the green as you wont be left with a very nice 2nd shot to try and save your par.

Whitley Bay – Hole 14

Now for the tough part of the course with probably the most difficult finish in the North East. From a tee tucked into the trees, drive to the left of the fairway avoiding the valley to the right and finishing just before the continuation of the valley over the fairway.

Longer hitters will play to the bottom leaving a blind shot to the green. The green is protected by the valley continuing on the left and a bunker to the righ

Yardage White 390 Yellow 381 Red 372

Pro’s tip

Play to the top of the hill to leave yourself a clear view of the green. Green sits below you and slopes away from you so less club is needed than you think to stop going through the back.

Whitley Bay – Hole 15

A very picturesque hole with a slight dog-leg right. A big drive to the left of the fairway over the dene and gorse required (especially from the white tee).

A drive to the right will result in a blind shot to the green protected by a bunker right. A very difficult green requires the right club to help avoid a three putt

Yardage White 382 Yellow 364 Red 326

Pro’s tip

Drive to the left side of the fairway to leave you a view of the green. Long green from front to back so you need to be sure of your yardage, so as not to leave yourself in 3 putt country.

Whitley Bay – Hole 16

Probably the toughest drive on the course to begin a very difficult up-hill par four. Choose the line carefully depending on the weather and the length of shot to ensure that the dene is cleared.

Only the brave will take the right hand line. The second shot is always difficult to judge with the green over the horizon. Take one more iron that you think. A par on this hole is unusual to all but the best golfers.

Yardage White 409 Yellow 400 Red 370

Pro’s tip

Trouble left and right on this tough tee shot, only a good drive will leave you a chance of going for the green in 2. Another green that sits well above you so plenty of club required to make the flat green at the top of the hill.

Whitley Bay – Hole 17

A good up hill par 3 where club selection is important. Take plenty of club and avoid the bunker right of the green.

Yardage White 189 Yellow 176 Red 118

Pro’s tip

As above

Whitley Bay – Hole 18

One of the toughest finishing holes in the North East with magnificent views of the sea, the lighthouse and surrounding areas. A good drive to the rise in the fairway will allow the small chance of getting up in two.

An elevated green with a bunker right makes the approach even more testing. A closing par is a fine achievement.

Yardage White 459 Yellow 406 Red 384

Pro’s tip

A good drive needed to a generous fairway to be able to reach in 2. For your 2nd shot favour the left side of the green so if your off target you will be at least chipping back into the slope of the green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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