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View the album FIRST – The Warrior (317 yards, Par 4)

FIRST – The Warrior (317 yards, Par 4)

A straight-forward start with the magnificent backdrop of The Sleeping Warrior on the mountains of Arran across the Kilbrannan Sound the only distraction.

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View the album SECOND – Stravannan (330 yards, Par 4)

SECOND – Stravannan (330 yards, Par 4)

A tricky challenge particularly in a brisk west wind. The adjacent Stravannan Bay, which is out of bounds, can come into play from the tee with the preferred shot left of centre. Ditches, which provide hazards on the right of the fairway and about 140 yards out from the tee, have to be avoided … and a dry-stane dyke has to be cleared to reach the shore-side green.

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View the album THIRD – The Trap (156 yards, Par 3)

THIRD – The Trap (156 yards, Par 3)

A well-named as a hidden burn snakes left of the approaches and across the front of the green with the shoreline on the right forming a lateral water hazard to add to the challenge of this signature hole.

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View the album FOURTH – The Dyke (402 yards, Par 4)

FOURTH – The Dyke (402 yards, Par 4)

Players are first confronted with a wall – from which the hole takes its name – stretching across the route to the fairway. There are ditches to the right and directly in front of the putting surface which leaves the choice of approach: Go for the green or play safe and lay up!

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View the album FIFTH – Largizean (300 yards, Par 4)

FIFTH – Largizean (300 yards, Par 4)

has a hidden ridge running at an angle across the fairway about 180 yards out from the tee. Often a drive down the middle can end up in the longer grass of the ridge. Again the choice is clear: drive to carry the hazard or lay up short leaving an approach of just over 100 yards.

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View the album SIXTH – Heathery (223 yards, Par 3)

SIXTH – Heathery (223 yards, Par 3)

The longer of the two par threes and requires a strong hit from the tee into a west wind. A ditch runs down the right-hand side of the hole and awaits the ball from a sliced drive.

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View the album SEVENTH – Dunstrone (313 yards, Par 4)

SEVENTH – Dunstrone (313 yards, Par 4)

Fairly straight-forward although whins provide a hazard to the right of the fairway. It is named after the historic vitrified Iron-Age fort with its rugged outline to the south of the course. The fort sheltered a community up to the thirteenth century.

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View the album EIGHTH – The Peaks (286 yards, Par 4)

EIGHTH – The Peaks (286 yards, Par 4)

A whin-festooned ridge protecting the green which is hidden from the tee. Big hitters can carry the trouble, but the safe route is to play short and approach from about 100-120 yards. The hole takes its name from the rugged grandeur of Arran’s skyline.

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View the album NINTH – Quochag (272 yards, Par 4)

NINTH – Quochag (272 yards, Par 4)

provides a birdie-opportunity finish with the green reachable for the big-hitters. There is a carry of about 155 yards from tee to fairway, however, and whins along the left side of the fairway and to the right of the green have to be avoided.

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