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Bom Sucesso Golf Guardian Pro Overview

by the Course Professional(s)

Hole Professional Tips
1 A great opening par 4, the drive plays to the right side of the fairway, encouraged by the left trap and the barrier of Olive trees between holes 1 & 9. The drive is slightly uphill, whilst the second shot has a more accentuated slope up to the green, which is raised above the fairway. 90% or more of players will fall short of the flag with their approach shot, however, there is a reward for playing long, as the rear bank is steep and will stop all shots, with the chance that the ball will run back onto the green. The green is large and undulating and will test the putting skill of any player.
2 Having passed through the tunnel under the resort road, the panorama which greets you is spectacular, and this hole will certainly become one of the 'signature' holes of Bom Sucesso. The fairway is 'dished' so that balls hit left or right will tend to roll back to the centre of the landing area. The fortunate house-owners left and right, who are golfers, will have the pleasure of looking down on the struggles of the players, from the safety of their terraces. For most, the second shot will be a matter of judging which club is needed to reach the dog-leg and to avoid running into the lake on the corner. This lake then runs the whole length of the fairway and green on the right. The very long hitter may be tempted to try to carry the lake, but will tend to 'bale-out' to the left where their ball will remain 'dry.' The approach to the green is not easy, apart from the lake to the right, bunkers, mounding and Pine trees to the left are all in play. The green is in a bowl open only at the front and to the lakeside and is another test of putting skill.
3 A mid-iron shot with a carry over the lake, from tees ringed by Pines and set below the level of the road passing behind the back tee. There is a very short tee for the 'length challenged' player, which eliminates the carry over the lake, but still leaves the test of the frontal traps. The green has groups of trees situated left, right and behind the green complex, making this a very well defined hole.
4 The tees for this very long par 5 run down a slope, with the back tee being the highest and the front tee being down near to fairway level. This is a fairly straight hole, with a generous fairway, semi-rough and then rough, populated by groups of trees. Some of these are near the tees, which will block any really wild shots before they can rise in flight. Groups of trees and the nests of traps will force the player to navigate a line of play controlling both length and direction. For the very long hitter, this can be a straight hole, but the ordinary mortals will need to try to position each shot well, to make the subsequent shot easy. The green is set in a slight bowl guarded by traps, any shot running over the green will collect in a hollow, giving a testing pitch or pitch and run shot back on to the undulating green.
5 A very god par 3 hole, with the green target set into a gentle slope providing banking behind the green and run-offs left and right at the sides and front, which are augmented by traps, not a green to miss! The tees are slightly elevated above the green, giving a good view of the shot required, the fairway slopes down to the left, where many balls will be swallowed by a depression. This is another well defined short hole, with severe punishment for the inaccurate player.
6 A long, testing par 4, initially, the limit on the left of the green was tight, but the purchase of more neighbouring land, for a next phase, has solved this problem. With an extra 15-20 metres and dense tree planting both left and right, this has become a wide hole. The drive is slightly uphill, with a bunker at 240 metres from the back tee forcing play to the left. The second shot is very gently uphill to a tricky green, which is gently mounded and protected by frontal traps. Most players will be happy to play this as a par 5, having a short third shot to the green.
7 The tees are on similar levels, with the White Tee being the highest. Groups of trees, add protection to the left and right, these are close enough to the tees, that balls hit off line, will be trapped before they gain height. Two traps, one in the centre and one to the right will test control of distance and direction, there is a lot of room to the left and a zig-zag course, left-right-left is the safest way to reach the green in three shots. For the ambitious and long hitters, a drive between the traps and a high carrying second shot, may reach the green in two. A large trap on the right, at 70 metres from the green front, will catch pushed or faded shots. The green is slightly raised and balls can run off on all sides into hollows, from which only a very good shot will put the player near the pin.
8 A short, dog-leg right, two-shot hole. Despite its lack of length, no player will be tempted to hit straight for the green. Dense tree planting to the right and the slope to the left, will encourage all to play to the centre of the fairway and then play an approach shot to the elevated green. A large tree planting to the right will catch any player who pushes their second shot. Banking around the right of the green will catch any pushed or over-hit shots. This hole is a 'respite' hole, after a run of holes of testing length, and a good chance for a par for the higher handicap player.
9 Another short par 4, but littered with testing sand traps. The drive is gently downhill, with all the problems in full view, the first is a trap on the left at 200 metres, followed by another on the right at 240 metres. The professional player will play a fade at the left hand trap, drifting to the centre right, to set up an approach straight down the green. This is an advantage, as the green is slightly elevated and is fronted by two traps on the left and one on the right. Good distance judgement is needed to land a shot near the pin. The green is undulating and will test the putting touch.
10 The original design of this hole was ferocious, with a carry over a ravine with a stream running through it. During construction, the stream was piped under the fairway, which now runs around the right side of a much shallower ravine. A wide selection of tees, gives every player a chance to hit the green in one shot and the wide space of beautifully landscaped garden to the right gives a 'bale out' route for any player. For the brave, this is a carrying shot, to a green trapped to the right and with the danger of rolling down into the ravine on the left. Those passing on the road to the right, can look down on the plight of the golfers struggling on the hole below. The green is large and undulating and a par here will send the player on their way with a smile on their face.
11 Once the player has crossed the resort road between the 10th. green and 11th. tee, they will be on a 'plateau' of tees, with a view of the sea in the distance. With the tees much higher than the road behind, players will find themselves picking a distant target for this testing tee shot. The ideal tee shot is a fade off the left side, which will set up a simple approach to this well-guarded green. The fairway is slightly mounded and balls will run towards the left, a trap on the right at 225 metres and another to the left at 240 metres will catch many good hits, which are not well-directed. The second shot requires good length judgement, with two traps at the front left and right, catching under hit shots. However, few will go through this green which is receptive once it is hit, any balls rolling through will come to rest in the rough behind the green, leaving a difficult pitch back over the rear mound. Once shots reach the green surface, the undulations will provide another test.
12 A totally different hole to it's predecessor. Having crossed the resort road and walked down to the tee, the player has a view of a very large lake, which runs along the right side of the hole to 30 metres short of the green, dog-legging to the left at 230 metres. Large groups of Olive trees on the left, will stop any thoughts of 'cutting the dog-leg.' The fairway is mounded and balls will tend to run towards the lake, many will find that a driver is not the best choice here. The ideal shot is a soft draw away from the lake to set up an approach to this well trapped green, in a hollow. Over-hit balls will avoid the frontal traps and may be lucky enough to run back on to the green, but if they stick on the hillsides, the pitch will be testing. From a good tee shot, a high carrying shot which pitches the green may gain the reward of a birdie putt, but the green is full of subtle slopes, so do not lose concentration!
13 Playing from elevated tees, across a gentle valley to a green below you, this is a great par 3 hole. The green sets into a hillside, higher on the left and dropping away to the right, where two traps lie in wait. The trick here is 'carry', once the tee shot passes the traps, the hole is less fearsome, however, the two tier green will test the player until the ball hits the bottom of the cup.
14 With its tees set down well below the resort road, this hole is 'framed'. The drive is up a dished valley, where balls will run back to the fairway from both sides. The hole gradually gains height all the way to the green, making it play longer than its written distance. The tee shot is generous, but the second shot to a green set in a bowl, needs to be carried well onto the green, to avoid the frontal traps, where a very undulating green provides another test of putting ability.
15 Having climbed up to the tee, this is a direct contrast to the previous par 4 hole, driving across a small gulley, to a straight fairway, lined by hundreds of Olive trees left and right. Once the drive is in position, the long second shot is across another gulley to a raised green trapped front, left and back, with a severe fall off to the left. Again this green has two levels and position is a must, to have a simple putt. The back of the green is elevated and the rear trap adds to the punishment if a ball is hit long.
16 Having crossed the resort road, the tees are set down more than 10 metres, providing another drive up a dished fairway, where balls will run down to the centre from both sides. A large trap on the right at 230 metres is well worth avoiding, as the uphill shot to the green needs height and being in this trap adds considerably to the difficulty of this stroke. The green is set into a hill-side, with banking around the left and rear. Any shot left short will offer a testing uphill pitch, to a sloping green. Again the green will test the ability to putt, with putts from back to front being fast, from front to back being slow and from either side being very sloping.
17 This spectacular par 5 will certainly be another signature hole. When standing on the tee, the whole vista of the surrounding area is spread below you, the lagoon of Obidos and the distant mountains to the east, the resort to the north and the sea to the west and an out of bounds forest to the south! The tee shot is fearsome from any tee, the fairway falls of to the right into an environmental area of a large ravine, where the only option is to play another ball. The forest to the right is out of bounds and hitting the fairway is further challenged by a large trap on the centre left, leaving only a narrow passage of land down the right centre. Once having negotiated this shot, the second is a downhill shot to the corner of the dog-leg, with the ravine threatening all the way down the left to the green. An over hit second can end up in wild land, as the fairway runs out as it curves left. The third is downhill to a green set on a ledge, on a hillside, a trap short of the putting surface on the right, 40 metres before the green, ensures that the player must fly the ball to the green. Where a trap front left, hollows, and then a severe bank on the right and a green that runs to the back, where a ball going over may travel some 30 metres down hill, leaving a difficult pitch back, adds to this incredible hole.
18 Most players will be in shock from the previous hole, but having walked down to the final tees, below the 18th. green, a new challenge, possibly as hard, comes into view. The drive is downhill, but must reach far enough to see around the left hand dog-leg and preferably hugging the left side of the fairway, to shorten the second shot. Once on the flat landing area, the view of the second shot will increase the pulse rate. The green will be some 170 to 200 metres away, with a river crossing in front of the green, which many will choose not to challenge. Once over the river, the green is protected by a trap front right and is banked gently up to the back, which will test those whose third shot goes long. This green is similar to most greens on the course, providing a test of putting skill to sharpen the appetite for a long, cool drink, after reaching the Clubhouse high above, where many who have already failed will watch with joy the failure of others and regard as 'Gods of Golf,' those who make a par on this tough finishing hole.
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