The Most Difficult 1st Holes in the UK

By: Golfshake Editor | Wed 15 Jul 2020 | Comments


Getting off to a good start is often vital for a successful round, but that can be easier said than done at certain courses. Two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw famously said that the Old Course at St Andrews begins and ends with two friendly handshakes, but there are many layouts that greet you with a knuckle-crushing grip.

We love a good stat and there is a vast collection of data within the Golfshake Score Tracker, which has enjoyed record demand since the game resumed following the height of lockdown in May. After looking at the Most Difficult 18th Holes in the UK, we have flipped that around to identify the Most Difficult 1st Holes in the UK, those tricky openers that have challenged a fair number of the Golfshake Community.

Analysing 2020 rounds added since the game returned post-lockdown, these scores have been measured from rounds between 68 and 110 by golfers with handicaps between 5 and 23, with at least 30 rounds having been tracked on that particular course during that limited period.

Discover some of the earliest card-wreckers in the game!

Chichester Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 374

Average Score: 6.35

Score Over Par: +2.35

Scraptoft Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 420

Average Score: 6.25

Score Over Par: +2.25

Allerton Manor Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 423

Average Score: 6.25

Score Over Par: +2.25

The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club - Championship

Par: 4

Yards: 410

Average Score: 6.17 

Score Over Par: +2.17

Basildon Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 443 

Average Score: 6.16

Score Over Par: +2.16

Three Locks Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 382

Average Score: 6.10  

Score Over Par: +2.10

Dale Hill Hotel & Golf Club - Ian Woosnam Course

Par: 5

Yards: 581

Average Score: 7.09 

Score Over Par: +2.09

Marland Golf Course

Par: 4

Yards: 367

Average Score: 6.07

Score Over Par: +2.07

Wexham Park Golf Club - Blue Course

Par: 4

Yards: 330

Average Score: 6.06  

Score Over Par: +2.06

Chilworth Golf Club

Par: 5

Yards: 500

Average Score: 7  

Score Over Par: +2

Ravensworth Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 451

Average Score: 5.92  

Score Over Par: +1.92

Catterick Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 394

Average Score: 5.91  

Score Over Par: +1.91

Hinksey Heights Golf Club - Championship

Par: 4

Yards: 322

Average Score: 5.89  

Score Over Par: +1.89

Linden Hall Golf & Country Club

Par: 4

Yards: 382

Average Score: 5.89  

Score Over Par: +1.89

Wishaw Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 427

Average Score: 5.87  

Score Over Par: +1.87

Crews Hill Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 414

Average Score: 5.85  

Score Over Par: +1.85

Scarthingwell Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 420

Average Score: 5.85  

Score Over Par: +1.85

Hillsborough Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 423

Average Score: 5.83  

Score Over Par: +1.83

Dunton Hills Golf Course

Par: 4

Yards: 409

Average Score: 5.80

Score Over Par: +1.80

The Cambridgeshire Golf Club

Par: 4

Yards: 355

Average Score: 5.80  

Score Over Par: +1.80


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