Hole by Hole

Hole 1 - Out

A wide fairway awaits the first drive of the day. Aim at the trees in the middle to set up a good approach shot to the bunker free green – and maybe the first birdie of the day. 'The name of the hole relates to the fact the golfer is heading out on his round. On many old links courses the golfer plays 9 holes in one direction before heading home in the other direction.'

Hole 2 – The Old Nursery

Deceptive par 3 where club selection is important as the green slopes away on the front. Don't be short of the green. 'The green area used to be very close to where all the heather for the course was collected and nursed.'

Hole 3 – Dire Straits

Decision time! The easiest tee shot is right of the trees in the middle of the fairway, but it leaves you with a more difficult approach. If you dare, go left of the trees for a better approach angle to the green. 'The name of the hole is inspired by the two different fairways which the golfer can aim at from the tee. Both have advantages – but can also lead to trouble. '

Hole 4 – Heather Hills

A tee shot to the left side of the fairway gives you an ideal angle and view of the green. From the right side of the fairway the approach shot is blind. 'The heathery hills/mounds between the landing zone and the green has inspired the name of this hole. Heather Hills also almost became the name of the golf club.'

Hole 5 - Troubled Water

The fairway slopes from left to right. Depending on the pin position this hole can play very differently. A difficult green to hit as anything short is in the water and everything long is in trouble. 'This hole is named by the lake which borders the fairway and the green. The lake offers potential trouble to everyone who plays this hole.'

Hole 6 – The Wall

Depending on your ability, visually it can look intimidating or easy but with an elevated green just over the lake behind the wall, think carefully about your choice of club, especially if the flag is at the front.

Hole 7 – The Long

Hit it long and straight and there should be no problems. Try to avoid missing this long green on the right side as the recovery is difficult.

Hole 8 – The Siren

One to remember! Don't be seduced by the beauty of this hole as this short and spectacular par 3 still puts up a fight! Be careful attacking a pin on the left side of the green. 'The name of this hole is inspired by the Sirens who used their beauty and songs to captivate the interest of men. As a golfer you must be careful not to be distracted by the beauty – but keep focussed on the challenge that lies ahead!'

Hole 9 – Taurus

Don't let the beautiful view of the heather and the Taurus Mountains distract you from the challenge that lies ahead. A tee shot to the right side of the fairway is a must to get a good view and angle to the green.

'This hole is named by the spectacular Taurus Mountains which can be seen in the distance on a clear day.'

Hole 10 – The Plank

Long hitters can reach the green in two – but be careful as water is always close! A good birdie chance if you can keep dry. 'The old pirate stories tell about how people had to walk the plank as punishment for their deeds. As the 10th hole is straight, narrow and surrounded by water this is a fitting name.'

Hole 11 – The Kraken

Spectacular tee shot to a fairway that sits between the forest and the lake. Finding the fairway is a must to set up a good birdie chance - and as this is a short hole there is no need to hit the driver. 'The name of the hole is inspired by the Kraken which is a legendary sea creature that would emerge from the sea to pull down entire ships. As the fairway sits very close to the lake it is almost like balls too close to the edge will be pulled down by the Kraken.'

Hole 12 – The Square

A beautiful and natural golf hole which doglegs across the ridge. Keep the tee shot just right of the bunkers in the center of the fairway for the shortest route to the green. 'This hole is named after the square green. Many old heathland courses had square greens and it is from them that Carya is inspired.'

Hole 13 – The Centaur

This downhill tee shot plays into a fairway which is split in two by a step. Keep on the higher right side of the fairway to get the best angle and view of this tricky green. 'The name of the hole is derived from the legendary Centaur, which was half horse, half human. As the fairway is characterized by a big step – it is almost like this hole has two different characters.'

Hole 14 – The Coffin

This uphill par 3 requires an extra club as you do not want to be short. All short shots will roll back into the 'coffin' like hollow short of the green. 'This hole is named after the coffin like hollow in front of the green that will collect all shots that are short of the green.'

Hole 15 - Greed

A true risk and reward hole. This short par 5 is reachable in two but demands great accuracy. Don't be too greedy or lose your concentration!

'The name of the hole is inspired by one of the cardinal sins – greed. As it is a true risk and reward hole the golfer should be careful not to become overly greedy as it might get them in to trouble.'

Hole 16 - Bosphorous

A tee shot close to the bunkers on the right side of the fairway leaves an easier angle into the green away from the deep greenside bunkers. 'Like the Bosphorus Strait physically separates Turkey in two, this hole is characterized by crossing the water before heading home towards the club house.'

Hole 17 - Javelin

A pretty straightforward hole which ends in a green that slopes in all directions. Be careful not to get drawn to the water or blocked by the tall trees on the left.

'As the hole is almost dead straight, the name is inspired by the Javelin which was an ancient type of spear. It could be thrown with great accuracy – and as this hole calls for straight and accurate shots, 'Javelin' is a fitting name.'

Hole 18 - Home

Almost home. There is room enough on the fairway to hit a big drive, but you must favour the right side of the fairway, to avoid rolling into the water. Your second shot demands focus before trying to reach the final green which sits slightly elevated in a beautiful natural green location surrounded by old pine trees.

'As the first hole is 'Out', the last hole must be 'Home'. It is a tradition on many historical clubs to have 'Home' as the name for the final hole.'

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