Sanctuary Cove Golf & CC - The Pines
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  • Rank
    77
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    Rank
    77
    • Par 72
    • 18 holes

Course


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Hole 1

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 371 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 359 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 359 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 280 m

A good starting Par 4 but watch out for the Out of Bounds line in the trees on the right when teeing off. With the approach shot to the green note that the front bunker extends further towards the middle line of the fairway than is apparent from a distance. Plan to either carry this bunker or run up to the right side of the green.

 
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Hole 2

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 360 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 343 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 343 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 302 m

Even though this hole is a moderate dogleg to the left, the best line is wide of the corner as the bounce is normally to the left. The green is hard to hold so use a bit less club on approach to avoid running through.

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Hole 3

Black

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 472 m

Blue

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 439 m

White

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 439 m

Red

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 392 m

A dogleg fairway to the left again calls for accuracy off the tee.

The best line off the tee is down to the right hand side to the left of the fairway bunker. This hole can be reached with two well struck shot but beware of the bunkers right and left. Any shot that runs through the green ends in difficult country below the green.

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Hole 4

Black

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 172 m

Blue

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 158 m

White

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 158 m

Red

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 118 m

The wind at the green is normally stronger than is felt at the tee, so if it is a headwind take plenty of club.

To be sure of avoiding the creek to the right, many players end up down the left side of the green. The chip back up is hard to stop so swing easy. When putting from the front to the back, both the grain and the slope are against you so strike the ball solidly, and conversely watch for slippery conditions when putting from back to front.

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Hole 5

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 387 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 364 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 364 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 282 m

From the tee aim left of centre down the fairway: the mounds to the right kill distance and often give a very tight line for the approach shot.

The approach shot needs to land on the green itself as there is no run the front right verge and bunkers protect the left side. For many golfers this means the smart play is to lay up short of the bunkers for an easy wedge on.

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Hole 6

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 325 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 311 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 364 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 285 m

Off the tee, water left and bunkers right. Go for accuracy, not length.

The tiered green is guarded by bunkers left and back and an under hit approach shot may roll back down the slope. However, try to find the green and leave an uphill putt as putting from the back of the green is fast, and side hill putts have considerable break.

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Hole 7

Black

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 155 m

Blue

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 130 m

White

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 130 m

Red

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 100 m

The Par 3 over water is one of the most picturesque holes on The Pines. 

There is a central ridge on the green and it is important to land on the same side as the flag. Check the wind and don’t underestimate club selection.

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Hole 8

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 419 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 406 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 406 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 358 m

This difficult Par 4 regularly plays into the wind.

The perfect tee shot is a slight draw to give that extra roll leaving a fairway wood or a well hit long iron into the large green which is bunkered right. The impressive high pine trees effectively block out any wind within 150m of the green, so headwinds are not an issue on approach.

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Hole 9

Black

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 550 m

Blue

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 526 m

White

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 526 m

Red

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 483 m

This hole is a monster Par 5 dogleg to the right.

A big lake guards the right and pines line the left side of the fairway. Loosen up and relax for a well hit drive and aim the second shot to the right of the fairway. This allows an approach shot along the longest line of the green between the front bunker and the right hand bunker.

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Hole 10

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 428 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 391 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 391 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 304 m

The hole is reputed to be the hardest par 4 in Australia. Water guards the right all the way to the green, while any shot left will find the pine forest. The prevailing wind is left to right, and the bounce in the neck of the fairway also goes towards the water. Trust your swing and drive down the middle of the narrow undulating fairway. Subsequent shots need to stay to the left to avoid rolling into the water. The green is one of the longest from front to back so adjust your club selection.

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Hole 11

Black

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 522 m

Blue

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 496 m

White

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 496 m

Red

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 444 m

This is a beautiful hole with pines all the way down the left and a creek right which snakes in and out of the fairway and crosses in front of the green. Your tee shot will need to be placed between the fairway bunkers on the left and the creek on the right. Placement is a priority on this difficult tee shot. The approach to the green is over water and into mounds which stop a ball quickly. Take plenty of club but try to leave an uphill putt.

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Hole 12

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 324 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 310 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 310 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 301 m

A short par 4 where there is no benefit in hitting it more than 210m off the tee. There is water left and long and trees right. The fairway bunker to the left has a high lip and will cost a whole shot as it is not generally possible to hit to the green from the bunker. The green slopes upward from front to back and is easy to hold, but downhill putts can be tricky.

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Hole 13

Black

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 201 m

Blue

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 154 m

White

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 154 m

Red

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 121 m

One of the most photographed and talk about holes in Australia. From any of the tees it is all water carry to a tiered, well bunkered green. There is an option to lay up on the right so shorter hitter can still play the hole from the back tees. It is better to be in the bunkers at the back than in the water at the front so take plenty of club. The grain runs uphill so downhill putts are not as fast as one might expect.

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Hole 14

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 390 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 353 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 353 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 323 m

A dogleg right par 4. Pine trees on the right and water all down the left to catch an approach shot. Ideally, off the tee play for a slight fade with the driver. With the approach shot never aim to the left side of the green as balls on the left can run off and continue to run to the water. The green has the steepest slope of all the holes on the Pines so downhill pus and chips over the right hand bunkers are hard to hold.

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Hole 15

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 390 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 374 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 374 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 356 m

This par 4 can only be reached in regulation by a long drive and a straight second shot. The green is so well protected by bunkers that for many players it is best to play the second shot short of the bunkers and use a short iron to find the heart of the green. The green is long and breaks more towards the water than is apparent.

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Hole 16

Black

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 163 m

Blue

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 146 m

White

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 146 m

Red

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 116 m

Over half an acre of treacherous bunkers, some with island rough, surround his kidney shaped green like a pearl necklace. Select a club to carry all the trouble as the penalty for being a little long is not harsh, and the green slopes up so it is easy to stop the ball. The large green has a few vices so long putts are very makeable.

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Hole 17

Black

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 517 m

Blue

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 487 m

White

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 487 m

Red

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 452 m

This hole is an easy par 5 after a solid tee shot. There is a wide landing area for the tee shot, and good length leads to an easy second and approach shot. However, if the tee shot is short, the landing area for the second shot is narrow and the safe play then is to take three sort irons to reach the green is four. Very long hitters can reach the green in two, but they must watch out for the water to the right off the tee and be prepared to carry a long way over the water.

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Hole 18

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 371 m

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 400 m

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 400 m

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 347 m

One of the world’s greatest finishing holes. Accuracy off the tee is a must. The lake all along the left penalises a hook, but a raw is the ideal trajectory. The water to the right penalises a sliced draw and there is no stopping a ball which rolls over the path to the right. The safest second shot is down the right as the lake intrudes into the fairway just short to the green. The green is large and breaks to the water more at the back than the front. The bunker at the back of the green has many visitors so take care not to go long.

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