Hillside Golf Course Review

Hillside has many elevated tees that provide great views out over the Irish Sea - fine on a good day, but extremely challenging when the wind decides to howl across the links. You need to be able to manipulate the ball to play this course well. High drives will simply be blown away. And you need to stay away from the deep bunkers. Greg Norman once described the second nine as "the best in Britain".

Once again, it starts with a tough opening hole. The 1st measures 392 yards but hook the ball and you can say goodbye to it, with rough, trees and the railway line on that side of the fairway. Oh yes, and there are three fairway traps on the right side of the short and prepared. However, if you can miss all that trouble then will have a reasonably easy second shot. 

The 2nd is a par five measuring 526 yards. A stream runs across the fairway and down the left side, with the railway just beyond. On the right, there are two more well-placed fairway bunkers. The green, which is protected by two bunkers, slopes from front to back.

From the championship tee, the 6th is a brute, measuring 444 yards and regarded as the hardest hole on the course. The visitors' tees are fully 60 yards forward and if you avoid the trouble on the left with your drive you should have a straightforward second shot.

The finish is stirring. The 16th is a 203-yard par 3, the 17th a 547-yard par 5 and the 18th a glorious 439-yard par 4. The 16th often plays with the wind at the golfer's back to a two-tier green. There are no bunkers, but you don't want to be on the top tier if the flag is at the front of the surface. There are lots of bushes and mounds on the left and right side of the fairway at the 17th, along with out of bounds. A terrific par 5. And the 18th is played from an elevated tee to a fairway with plenty of bunkering on the right. Two deep traps protect a large undulating green.


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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.