European Amateur
Team Championship

7 - 11 July 2020

Hilversumsche Golf Club
The Netherlands

Hole 1

Par 5
Tee shot:  Off the tee there is more room on the left side than you think; don’t let the tall pines on the left make you aim to the right.
What to look out for: This green slopes off on both sides so if the pin is located near the edge, think twice about taking it on.  

Hole 2

Par 4
Tee shot: The ideal tee shot should leave you on top of the ridge past both bunkers: be careful not to hit it too far to avoid running out of fairway. (Check the pin position on green #12 behind this tee; it could help you later on!)
What to look out for: The shot to the green always plays a half club longer than the yardage because it’s slightly uphill.

Hole 3

Par 4
Tee shot: If you can get to the clearing on the left, that’s about 140 meters from the green, it will make your tee shot much easier.
What to look out for: If the pin is short of the ridge that runs through the middle of the green, it’s better to be short of the hole and if the pin is over the ridge, it’s better to be past the pin.

Hole 4

Par 5
Tee shot: A good tee shot here can set up a good chance of birdie. Be aware of the tee that aims you out to the right into trouble.
What to look out for: You could be presented with an uneven lie on this fairway, so remember to adjust to the lie the way your P.G.A. pro has taught you in his lessons.

Hole 5

Par 3
This beautiful short par 3 is another birdie opportunity. However, missing this green usually will result in a bogey or worse. Try to control the backspin on your ball because it’s easy to spin the ball off the front of this green.

Hole 6

Par 4
Tee shot: This long par 4 simply requires a great tee shot to get yourself in range of reaching the green with an iron.There is slightly more room on the right for your tee shot than there appears to be.
What to look out for: If you are not 100% sure you can get it over the heather for your second shot, don’t be foolish because it is very easy to lose your ball in that ‘beautiful looking purple stuff’.

Hole 7

Par 4
Tee shot: This fairway slopes from left to right and that results in a bounce to the right especially when the course is firm. Allow for this by aiming down the left side of the fairway.
What to look out for: Don’t be fooled by the way this second shot looks shorter than the yardage indicates.Trust the number and make a committed swing.

Hole 8

Par 4
Tee shot: What you see is what you get on this ‘straight forward’ par 4.The longer you hit it off this tee, the narrower it gets but if you can keep it straight you will be rewarded with a shorter shot to the green.
What to look out for: Make sure you know where the wind is coming from because you won’t feel it on the tee or the fairway.

Hole 9

Par 4
Tee shot: The ideal line for this blind tee shot is the right half of the fairway, try to avoid the left side.
What to look out for: When in trouble, take your medicine; not doing so may result in a high score. Bogey is not too bad on this tough hole.

Hole 10

Par 3
This long par 3 requires an accurate tee shot. If you miss the green, a little short and left is not a bad place to lie.

Hole 11

Par 4
Tee shot: You will have to decide if you are taking on the narrow part of the fairway or laying it up short of the very penalising bunker on the right and leaving yourself a longer shot into the green.
What to look out for: This is arguably the toughest hole on the course so don’t be too disappointed if you make a bogey.

Hole 12

Par 5
Tee shot: A lot of humps and bumps in the landing area for this tee shot. However, if you know this is a three shot par 5 for you, you might want to consider playing safe off the tee and keep the driver in the bag. What to look out for: This is a good scoring opportunity after a tough 3-hole stretch. Be careful not to lose your focus though because this hole can ruin all the hard work from the last few holes in a split second.

Hole 13

Par 3
This short hole has the narrowest green on the course. Playing to the front green-yardage leaves you an uphill putt and should take the big swale left of the green out of play.

Hole 14

Par 4
Tee shot: Try to avoid the bunker on the left, which has a very penalising high lip.There is more room on the right side than it appears off the tee.
What to look out for: Missing this green left will cause you to consider maybe playing just 9 holes today.When in trouble, laying it up about 10-20 meters short of the green is not a bad leave and gives you a good chance to get up and down to save par.

Hole 15

Par 3
After a recommended visit to the bar in the clubhouse for the necessary refreshments this tough par 3 requires a solid tee shot. The second half of this hole is very exposed to the wind, so make sure you are aware of which direction it blows.

Hole 16

Par 4
Tee shot: Favour the right side of this fairway to avoid the big bunker on the left. It also gives you a little better look at the green for your second shot.
What to look out for: When in trouble, don’t forget about your option to lay up short at the end of the fairway because bogey is not a terrible result on this tough par 4.

Hole 17

Par 4
Tee shot: This short but tricky par 4 has bunkers on each side of the fairway. Make a decision to lay up short of those or be sure to clear them because finding yourself in one could make for a long walk to the 13th tee.
What to look out for: If you paid attention on the 2nd tee, you will know where the flag is on the green. Hitting it past this flag leaves you a slightly easier putt coming back up the hill.

Hole 18

Par 5
Tee shot: If you can get on top of or over the hill from the tee, you might be able to get home in 2. Aim for the tall silver birch in the distance.
What to look out for: When laying up, stay short of all the trouble so hit it no further than 80 meters from the green. When going for it, GOOD LUCK!