Our Deeside Juniors are playing the semi finals of the Pennant League this Sunday at Murcar Links. My guess is at least half of the team will never have played Murcar before.
The following is a hole by hole guide to study before you play which will help you navigate your ball around Murcar Links. This is a conservative way of playing Murcar however simply playing for par (or even at times bogey) will be the difference between winning or losing a hole.
You have the World to the left of the right fairway bunker so utilise it. Aim down the left and hit a 185 yard shot (drivers aren’t always needed).
Approach is a tricky one but long and right is dead. Going for the front and left side of green (towards the green side bunker) is safe play.
Left side of fairway again here. Anything 240 yards or longer could get in gorse trouble so for the bigger hitters maybe club down (especially if wind is behind).
Approach is front left and shortish all day as the green slopes left to right.
Again the World to the left so left side of the fairway is the shot.
Approach is front left again often getting a kick off the slope onto the green.
Again left side of the fairway here with your tee shot.
If your laying up short of the green aim left side. If you can reach in two, three or four shots favour right side of green.
Right side of green all day long. I’ve even stood on this tee aiming for the right hand bunker.
Right side of bunker with tee shot. If wind is behind longer hitters should think about clubbing down.
The conservative play here with your approach is aiming right side of green. If you miss right no big deal and if you miss slightly left you’ve pulled off a fantastic shot.
For the longer hitters not necessarily a driver (wind dependend) however aim for the right tip gorse in the distance (left fairway).
Approach is right side of green all day long.
Middle of fairway is line laying up short of far bunker.
Approach is short and right (trouble long and left).
Again not necessarily driver (wind dependent) however laying up to the slope in middle of fairway is the play.
Approach is short and left all day long. Anything right and long is game over.
Off the tee it’s up the right side of the fairway.
Approach is going short right of green. However if you can comfortably get to green in two there’s more room than it may look left (within reason).
Left side of fairway here with the tee shot as everything slopes right. I’d be aiming a fraction left of the target post on the hill.
Approach is LEFT!! Left side of the green. Did I say Left?
Par 3 and again go LEFT!! Left side of the green. Aim left!! Did I say Left?
Left side of fairway off the tee. If the wind is behind for the longer hitters maybe club down.
Again left side of green here plenty of space for the approach shot.
Again left side of fairway here off tee almost towards the bunkers.
On the approach if you can’t reach in two aim left (more room than you would think).
Into the green and I’d be favouring short and slightly left.
Tee shot is slightly left of the right hand fairway bunker as everything slopes left. If wind is behind longer hitters club down to hybrid/long iron.
Approach is left side of the green. Take an extra club!!!!
Middle of green but get it there. Might even be worth taking an extra club.
Off the tee the aim is between the two sets of trees as illustrated by the blue circle.
Approach into green favour left side of green.
Left side of fairway off the tee here to avoid the right hand bunkers.
Approach is middle of green.
Take a note of all the above or print it off. The slightest bit of wind at Murcar makes this course a great challenge so knowing where the safe parts of the course are is pivotal.
Best of luck team!!