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FRONT NINE 3,583 yards, par 35 1st (354 yards, par 4): Four bunkers at 225, 252, 281 and 304 yards from the tee guard the left side of the fairway at this short par four. Another four surround the green. Those hitting driver have to be extremely accurate, so plenty might lay up in front of the bunkers before firing towards the wellguarded green with a mid-iron.

2nd (428 yards, par 4): Like the first, the fairway of this long right-to-left par four is well-protected by four fairway bunkers, but they should not come into play unless there is a following wind. A drive down the left gives the best angle into the green, which slopes to the left and is guarded by a large bunker on the right.

3rd (489 yards, par 4): The longest par four on the course with 27 yards added since the 1994 Open. Two fairway bunkers on the left at driving distance have to be avoided but there is punishing rough if you go right. Miss the fairway and a par is a big ask. Two greenside bunkers can gobble up any second shots that stray to the right. 4th (166 yards, par 3): The first of the par-threes is guarded by a deep pot bunker front-right and a steep run-off to the left of its tricky green. The trick is landing on the green and staying there as coming up short can see your ball roll back into the trap. Missing the green left also leads to a difficult chip from below the hole.

5th (474 yards, par 4): With an old back tee resurrected, this long right-toleft par four has been lengthened by 33 yards. Four bunkers flank the fairway at between 253 and 319 yards from the tee, and four more surround the green. The best view of the green is provided by a drive down the right, but wayward approach shots are in danger of finding sand. The contours of the putting surface mean that birdies are no formality.

6th (231 yards, par 3): A long uphill par-three that requires both accuracy and nerve: A large bunker front-right and three more to the left of the green make for a very intimidating tee shot. Selecting enough club is crucial and even if you miss the bunkers, it is difficult to make par if you miss the green to the right. The green slopes severely from back to front.

7th (538 yards, par 5): A right-to-left dogleg that has been lengthened ten yards since 1994 and bunkers await both wayward tee shots and approaches. However, it is still a good birdie opportunity as a decent drive would leave about 250 yards to go. The danger then is straying into one of the two greenside traps. Deep rough lies down the left. 8th (454 yards, par 4): Two new bunkers on the right-side of the fairway at 300 and 325 yards add difficulty to the tee-shot. Three bunkers short of the green await under-hit approachshots to the two-tiered green. The sloping fairway makes it difficult to hold the ball on the left.

9th (449 yards, par 4): No bunkers but a very narrow fairway. Plenty of rough to the left and the ground falls away on the right which make it a big challenge. Approach shots have to be accurate because there are few easy chip shots around a difficult green.

BACK NINE 3,621 yards, par 35 10th (456 yards, par 4): Following a dramatic tee shot by the lighthouse, new fairway bunkers introduce different options and will determine whether it's a mid-iron approach to this green, or merely a wedge. Approach the green from the right side of the fairway as the contours on the right of the putting surface will gather the ball towards the centre. Players approaching the green from the left will have to contend with an awkward hollow.

11th (175 yards, par 3): Two bunkers protect the sloping putting-surface. It slopes from back to front and right to left, so there will be considerable break on any putt.

12th (451 yards, par 4): Long and straight, this par four has had a fairway bunker added on the right at 320 yards to accompany the existing one on the left at 285. Bunkers and run-offs surround a green which is always difficult to read, so taking enough club with the approach is vital. Severe rough ensures both sides of the fairway are protected and anyone finding the fairway bunkers will really struggle to reach the green in regulation. 13th (410 yards, par 4): Aggressive players will be tempted to take on the corner of the left-to-right dogleg. There are two fairway bunkers on the left at 247 and 268 yards but none around the green. A fairway wood or long iron from the tee leaves a full shot into the green. A sharp rise will prevent misjudged shots from reaching the doubletiered surface.

14th (448 yards, par 4): Two new bunkers on the right at 297 and 320 yards add difficulty to the drive. If players find these bunkers from the tee they will not be able to reach the green in regulation. The fairway is difficult to hit with a ridge running along the centre that throws tee shots off to the edge of the fairway or first cut of rough. The approach shot is uphill and the green runs from back to front and right to left. It also usually plays into the wind 15th (206 yards, par 3): Requires a shot of around 200 yards to a green protected by three bunkers along the left side and a steep run-off to the right, which will leave a difficult up-and down. A shot to the left of the green can fall down the slope into the centre, but that brings the pot bunkers into play.

16th (455 yards, par 4): Has been extended 45 yards so the former straight hole becomes a left-to-right dogleg. The tee shot should be aimed down the right to provide the best angle for approach. The burn can catch anyone who takes on too much and shots that fall from the front of the green which slopes from back to front. 17th (559 yards, par 5): A total of 61 yards have been added, but big hitters should still have the chance of reaching the green in two. The best approach is from the left. For those not going for the green in two, the lay-up shot has to be precise as there are three hazardous fairway pot bunkers that must be avoided. The green is strongly protected by two traps on the left and two on the right.

18th (461 yards, par 4): A left-toright dogleg that can be taken on, although it is a long carry over the three bunkers on the left, while rough is ready to catch anything that strays right. The green is slightly elevated and balls landing short will be thrown to the left of the incline leaving a difficult chip. The putting surface is relatively flat but hides a few subtle undulations that will catch players out.

TOTAL 7,204 yards, par 70


Justin Leonard tackles the tough drive on the ninth in practice at Turnberry yesterday
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2009
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