The opening hole at Sedbergh Golf Club is a gentle one to start the round.
The hole is a short right-to-left dogleg, which is driveable from the tee, although the aggressive approach is a risky play. The green is heavily guarded with bunkers left and right and there is out of bounds down the left, and beyond the green.
The conservative approach of long iron off the tee and a wedge to the green should yield a solid opening par.
The second hole at Sedbergh is the first of our feature holes a lovely little par 3 over the river Dee.
Measuring just 118 yards it is the easiest hole on the course, although a three is always a good score. A huge Mountain Ash tree sits on the far side of the river bank obscuring most of the green, which again is guarded by bunkers. The green has a variety of subtle slopes, providing some interesting pin positions.
The first of the par 5s offers chance of a birdie, but also comes with a bit of a bite. Like many of the holes at Sedbergh it is not long but there is plenty of trouble.
It is the approach which makes the hole with a Victorian railway bridge providing a fabulous backdrop to the green which is protected on all sides. The pond on the left runs the full length of the green before snaking round the back and the river Rawthey is just a few yards away.
A dog-leg par 4 which provides a stern test from the back tees. The ideal tee shot is down the left half of the fairway, opening up the green for the approach, although be wary of the out of bounds left of the hole.
The green like most on the course is only a small target with two bunkers on the right hand side. Don't go chasing the pin when it is in the back-right position as the bunkers will swallow anything slightly miss-hit.
The fifth hole is the toughest on the course and probably one of the hardest golf holes you are ever likely to play.
The river Dee disects the hole at driving distance which only the longest of hitters will have the length to carry. Mere mortals must lay up short of the river, which leaves an approach shot of over 200 yards to a severly sloping green, which is extremely well guarded with water on the front and right and out of bounds to the left and the back.
The sixth hole is a par 3 played to an elevated green, making good club selection essential. It is 164 yards on the card but normally plays some 10 yards longer due to the change in elevation.
A good strike to the centre of the green should set-up a birdie opportunity, but you can expect to walk off with a bogey should you miss the green.
A tough par 5 played uphill with a sloping fairway and out of bounds running all of the way up the left side of the hole.
From the tee the first obstacle is a large tee on the left side of the fairway which must be avoided. A fairway wood is the preferred option to get the ball in play and find the narrowing fairway.
Both the second shot and the approach must be played to the right hand side to allow for the slopes.
Consistently one of the hardest holes on the golf course, the par 4 eighth is played down hill but into the prevailing wind. The tee shot is blind, played over a ridge to a generous fairway in the middle of which sits a large Oak tree which must be avoided.
The approach is also played downhill to a large green which narrows at the back. Don't miss the green on the right hand side as there is a severe slope which makes getting up and down very difficult.
The ninth is a par 3 played back to the clubhouse to a McKenzie green, which again makes club selection crucial. Find the right level of the green and you will have a makeable birdie putt, but find the wrong one and you will be grateful for a two putt.
If you are going to miss the green the best place is short as this leaves a straight forward chip up the green. Any miss on either side provides a stern short game examination.