The REIMAGINED Himalayas NINE BY MARTIN EBERT
9 Holes | Par 36 | 3201 Yards
The members favourite nine has undergone a major upgrade. Renowned architects Mackenzie & Ebert have reimagined the Himalayas course. These changes are most visible on the 2nd hole, which has been combined with 3rd hole to produce a sweeping par 5 around wetlands to the old par 3 green. The 3rd, previously a short par 4, sees the addition of 3 new bunkers down the left hand side and the ditch on the right hand side has been enlarged into a wetland. the jewel in the crown is the new par 3 'Bloody Point' located at the far end of the course, this short hole, set against the backdrop of the sea requires an accurate tee sot to the raised green. the walk from the 5th green to the 6th tee alongside the beach, gives the golfer a little respite before taking on the mammoth par 5. The 7th Himalayas sees a slight tweak with a sand scrape added on the left side but this par 3 which affords a swift return to the Clubhouse after seven holes as well as nine. It is the shortest nine only because it have just one par five. From the first tee the ball should be positioned just to the right of the left hand fairway bunker and the dog leg second incorporates the most steeply sloping of all 27 holes.
The 4th and 8th share of one of the dew Championship double greens outside the Old course at St. Andrews. The 6th is the courses longest hole at 580 yards, a genuine par 5 for all golfers with a new marshland water feature. The tee of the par 3, 7th affords a spectacular view across Pegwell Bay. From elevated tee to elevated un-bunkered green, into the prevailing south westerly wind the tee shot can require a drive if the wind is strong yet only a short iron with a following north easterly breeze. The closing tee shot from the highest tee on the course is similarly affected but the wind and the green, positioned almost underneath the Clubhouse balcony is protected by the Sarazen bunker that collects any overdrawn shot.