The Cut : The Cut - Spring 2016
146 THE CUT line for a tee shot. A great hole that typifies Royal Copenhagen is the par-4 15th, with Eremitage Castle, a charming hunting seat (built in 1736 for King Christian VI), in the background. www.royalgolf.dk HOLE 16 Par-4, 408m – Ganton, England Gary Player once said that Ganton, in the county of Yorkshire, is the only inland course worthy of holding the Open Championship. Impenetrable gorse lines the fairways of this testing heathland track and provides a strong defence, in addition to the 111 bunkers positioned aggressively around the 18 holes. Ganton’s strong finish picks up steam on the 16th with a daunting tee shot played over a massive bunker running across the fairway about 135m out, then continues through an avenue of trees to a large green guarded by more sand traps. www.gantongolfclub.com HOLE 17 Par-4, 456m – County Sligo, Ireland County Sligo Golf Club has one of Ireland’s great courses, located on the Rosses Point peninsula 6km from Sligo. Established in 1894, the present championship links were redesigned in 1928 by the famous golfing architect, Harry Colt. County Sligo has been the venue for the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship since 1923 and notable winners include Padraig Harrington and Rory McIIroy. From the back tees, the 17th has to be one of the toughest holes to par in all of Ireland. A severe dogleg sweeps uphill and to the left on the second shot, with a green that is large but slopes severely from the back. www.countysligogolfclub.ie HOLE 15 Par-4, 335m – Royal Golf Club, Denmark What makes the Royal Golf Club special are the more than 2,000 deer (mainly red but also sika deer) that roam freely over the fairways and greens. Indeed, the deer are so abundant they can sometimes be a hazard or provide the ABOVE: Royal Golf Club, Denmark.
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