Hole 1 – 176 yards Par 3
A testing Par 3 to start, it doesn’t play as long as you think, if you go in the front bunker take your lunchbox you may be in there a while. Pitch short right and see the ball roll into the flag
Hole 2 – 343 yards Par 4
It is a straight hole but the medal tee tucked close to the OOB changes the hole. The green is not as big as you might think watch out for the bunkers either side they are deep and a challenge in their own right
Hole 3 – 380 yards Par 4
Fairway bunker left will catch a pulled tee shot, keep it straight, a long tee shot will leave you a mid iron into the green depending on the wind direction. Anything right off the tee will make the second shot a tricky one over a tough green side bunker
Hole 4 – 418 yards Par 4
Long Par 4 and into the wind it will take two good hits and a bit more. Between the bunkers is the target. No bunkers green side but an up and down will still be difficult
Hole 5 – 189 yards Par 3
This long par 3 is stroke 4 for a reason, requiring a long iron or wood to heavily bunkered long narrow green. The green is a good three clubs difference from front to back and then there is the wind.
Hole 6 – 518 yards Par 5
Out of bounds all down the right side forces tee shots and second shots left into the wispy rough and towards a standalone bunker. It’s downhill after the rise so plays a lot shorter than you would think. Play your approach shot short and see the ball roll into the middle of the green
Hole 7 – 459 yards Par 4
Stroke index 2 with no bunkers! You can expect this hole to bite if you have a wayward tee shot, its usually only a long to mid iron depending on the wind. Weather vane behind the green gives you the line.
Hole 8 – 485 yards Par 5
A good par 5, a straight drive will leave a long iron or wood to the green. However beware, you can only see the top of the flag, the green is a true Mackenzie, two tiers with many undulations. Going for the green is a line slightly over the left side rough with a ball landing in the semi-rough and falling away onto the green. Or play it as a 3 shot approach but beware of the two bunkers ready to catch the ball short of the green
Hole 9 – 342 yards Par 4
Two holes in one here and depending on the wind , provides a real risk and reward tee shot if you hit the big stick, most lay up short of the bunkers and accept they hit one or two clubs more into the green. Hit the two tier green in the middle and a birdie awaits. With a strong following wind the green is reachable off the Yellow Tees. Watch out you think your in with a birdie chance and can walk off with a six
Hole 10 – 170 yards Par 3
Tough little Par 3 with a green that bowls in the middle. A more open shot to the green without the central gorse but with stunning views also come strong winds. With a following wind it can be as little as a wedge iron into wind in the winter it is probably a 6 or 7 iron
Hole 11 – 322 yards Par 4
Risk or reward depending how brave you feel. The green is reachable for the long ball, most play an iron between the bunkers and leave themselves a mid-iron into a well protected undulating green . If the flag is back right make sure you aim for the left side of the green as it all runs away to the right.
Another great Mackenzie green to test your short game skills
Hole 12 – 490 yards Par 5
Big Par 5. Into the wind this hole is a beast, fairway bunkers are there to trap a miss hit, a tight green entrance makes the approach shot tricky. With no wind it can be reached in two and an easy birdie awaits or even an eagle opportunity. It is a make or break hole for sure.
Hole 13 – 156 yards Par 3
Protected by 7 bunkers this Par 3 plays easiest from the right hand tee box which happens to be the highest point in South Shields you can see Sunderland and Newcastle footballs grounds on a clear day and as far as Blyth to the North and Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors to the South
Play from the left tee and the tee shot calls for pin point accuracy as you fly it over 4 bunkers
Hole 14 – 456 yards Par 4
Stroke 1 and its two big hits into the wind the green is unseen but for the flag so aim for the lollipop . OOB left over the wall so the natural shot is right and you have two beasts of bunkers ready to catch your ball to the right of the fairway and another two near the green
Hole 15 – 279 yards Par 4
Short Par 4 easiest hole on the course but with OOB on the left and a bunker to the right it has ruined many a card. The green is driveable with a favourable wind. Played under the shadow of the famous Cleadon Tower this Victorian landmark can be seen from miles around
To the side of the Tower are 6 old Mackenzie holes handed back to nature during a course re-design this area is a favourite for ramblers due to the flora, fauna and wildlife the occasional Blue Parakeet can be seen as they habitat this area of the course
Hole 16 – 369 yards Par 4
You have to cross the 17th approach to get to this hole so be careful, On the tee you are faced with a dog leg or a long ball over 2 big fairway bunkers with a third ready to catch you out if you go too long. Ideal line is to the left of the first set of trees. Be wary of the practice ground! it is now OOB past the white posts or line, as everything runs towards it , but it does open the green up.
This hole is not called Mackenzie for nothing a two-tier green with heavy sloping to the front and a reverse slope at the back make par on this hole an added benefit to your round. Watch out for the bunker to the right side of the green you may not come out.
- This hole has a public right of way, please let them pass in peace
Hole 17 – 392 yards Par 4
Aim for the water tower, but please be careful of the walkers as the yellow markers identify a public right of way so please give way to walkers. Bunkers to the right will catch a wayward drive as will anything to the left. Once you’re ready to hit your approach play the hole a little shorter than you think as the ball usually runs on as the green was relaid in 2006 and the approach is heavy bedrock with a thinner layer of soil.
Anything left of the green is in danger of never being seen again in the bushes and trees.
Hole 18 – 351 yards Par 4
Get to the White tee from the path at the back left of the 17th green as you walk towards Cleadon Tower. Or to your right for the Yellow and Red tees. The medal tee offers one of the best visual tee shots in Tyneside with the mouth of the Tyne in the background behind the clubhouse with heavy gorse and OOB to the left you need a straight tee shot as there are also three fairway bunkers to the right ready to catch you out. Practise area to the right is OOB’s
Line of site is the left patio window of the clubhouse, as the green slopes heavily from right to left your approach will best be placed front right of the green. A birdie awaits to finish your round and the Bar Staff are ready to help you celebrate and relax.