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The 54 Toughest Golf Holes of 2020

By: Golfshake Editor | Fri 18 Dec 2020 | Comments


It's been a year that none of us will forget, but one thing that hasn't changed is that there are many evil holes dotted around the world that will trip you up and ruin a scorecard!

The Golfshake Score Tracker was busier than ever before in 2020, with thousands of golfers tracking their scores in record numbers, especially throughout the summer golf boom.

Consequently, we have a vast database of stats to reflect upon from the past season, including discovering some true card-wreckers across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

From the iconic 18th at The Belfry to Auchmill Golf Club in Aberdeenshire, we have identified 54 of the Toughest Golf Holes of 2020! 

However, we have collated this data with a twist, going through each hole on a scorecard to showcase the most difficult 1st holes, 2nd holes, etc.

Each of these holes saw at least 30 rounds recorded in 2020 by golfers with handicaps less than 15. 

So, sit back and consider how many of them you have played, or plan which venues you're going to challenge yourself at next season!

The Belfry 18th

1st Holes

Wishaw Golf Club

Location: West Midlands

Par: 4

Yards: 427

Stroke Index: 3

Average Score: 6.39

Chichester Golf Club - Cathedral Course

Location: West Sussex

Par: 4

Yards: 374

Stroke Index: 9

Average Score: 5.83

Oake Manor Golf Club

Location: Somerset

Par: 4

Yards: 380

Stroke Index: 5

Average Score: 5.83

2nd Holes

Lickey Hills Golf Club - Rose Hill Course

Location: Worcestershire

Par: 4

Yards: 340

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 5.91

Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club

Location: Wiltshire

Par: 4

Yards: 420 

Stroke Index: 3

Average Score: 5.86

Thornhurst Park Golf Course

Location: South Yorkshire

Par: 4

Yards: 383

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.74

3rd Holes

The Shropshire - Gold/Blue

Location: Shropshire

Par: 4

Yards: 394 

Stroke Index: 4

Average Score: 5.70

The Grove

Location: Hertfordshire

Par: 4

Yards: 410 

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.68

Hurtmore Golf Club

Location: Surrey

Par: 4

Yards: 448 

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 5.66

4th Holes

Palmerston House Estate

Location: Kildare

Par: 4

Yards: 407

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.76

The Darenth - Darenth Valley

Location: Kent

Par: 4

Yards: 460

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.71

Garforth Golf Club

Location: West Yorkshire

Par: 4

Yards: 444

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.70

5th Holes

Chichester Golf Club - Cathedral Course

Location: West Sussex

Par: 5

Yards: 597 

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 6.97

Gotts Park Golf Club

Location: West Yorkshire

Par: 4

Yards: 332

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.84

Crondon Park Golf Club - Championship

Location: Essex

Par: 4

Yards: 408

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.72

6th Holes

Saltford Golf Club

Location: Gloucester

Par: 4

Yards: 430

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.68

Dummer Golf Club

Location: Hampshire

Par: 4

Yards: 418

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.68

Ashbury Golf Club - Kigbeare

Location: Devon

Par: 4

Yards: 401

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.62

7th Holes

Harleyford Golf

Harleyford Golf Club

Location: Buckinghamshire

Par: 4

Yards: 442

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.74

Batchwood Golf & Tennis Centre

Location: Hertfordshire

Par: 4

Yards: 418

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 5.63

Chichester Golf Club - Cathedral Course

Location: West Sussex

Par: 4

Yards: 406 

Stroke Index: 3

Average Score: 5.51

8th Holes

Royston Golf Club

Location: Hertfordshire

Par: 4

Yards: 366

Stroke Index: 3

Average Score: 5.71

Beaconsfield Golf Club

Location: Buckinghamshire

Par: 4

Yards: 378

Stroke Index: 5

Average Score: 5.67

Dunton Hills Golf Course

Location: Essex

Par: 5

Yards: 532

Stroke Index: 7

Average Score: 6.64

9th Holes

Wishaw Golf Club

Location: West Midlands

Par: 4

Yards: 433 

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 6.39

East Sussex National Golf Club - East Course

Location: East Sussex

Par: 4

Yards: 466

Stroke Index: 4

Average Score: 5.93

Styrrup Golf and Country Club

Location: South Yorkshire

Par: 4

Yards: 444

Stroke Index: 4

Average Score: 5.83

10th Holes

Top Meadow Golf Club

Location: Essex

Par: 5

Yards: 550

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 6.93

Lickey Hills Golf Club - Rose Hill Course

Location: Worcestershire

Par: 4

Yards: 428

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.85

Ramsdale Park Golf Centre - The Seely Course

Location: Nottinghamshire

Par: 4

Yards: 391

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.79

11th Holes

West Derby Golf Club

Location: Merseyside

Par: 4

Yards: 428 

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.79

Alresford Golf Club

Location: Hampshire

Par: 4

Yards: 460

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 5.74

Caird Park Golf Club

Location: Tayside

Par: 4

Yards: 442

Stroke Index: 7

Average Score: 5.65

12th Holes

Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club - Abbotts Course

Location: Essex

Par: 4

Yards: 433

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 5.71

Alnwick Castle Golf Club

Location: Northumberland

Par: 5

Yards: 565

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 6.71

Oak Park Golf Club - Woodland Course

Location: Surrey

Par: 4

Yards: 362

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.70

13th Holes

Basildon Golf Club

Location: Essex

Par: 4

Yards: 377

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.89

Ramsdale Park Golf Centre - The Seely Course

Location: Nottinghamshire

Par: 5

Yards: 497 

Stroke Index: 7

Average Score: 6.77

Etchinghill Golf Club - The Leas Course

Location: Kent

Par: 4

Yards: 406

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 5.72

14th Holes

Rodway Hill Golf Club

Location: Gloucester

Par: 4

Yards: 368

Stroke Index: 3

Average Score: 5.71

Fulford Heath Golf Club

Location: West Midlands

Par: 4

Yards: 455 

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.66

Colne Valley Golf Club

Location: Essex

Par: 4

Yards: 413

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.64

15th Holes

Top Meadow Golf Club

Location: Essex

Par: 4

Yards: 433

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.87

The Addington Golf Club

Location: Surrey

Par: 4

Yards: 420

Stroke Index: 2

Average Score: 5.69

The Manor House Golf Club

Location: Wiltshire

Par: 4

Yards: 436

Stroke Index: 12

Average Score: 5.57

16th Holes

Dunston Hall

Barnsley Golf Club (The Limes)

Location: South Yorkshire

Par: 4

Yards: 431

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.64

Dunston Hall Golf Club

Location: Norfolk

Par: 4

Yards: 385

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.63

Littlestone Golf Club

Location: Kent

Par: 4

Yards: 464

Stroke Index: 3

Average Score: 5.60

17th Holes

Paultons Golf Centre - Championship

Location: Hampshire

Par: 4

Yards: 448

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.70

Droitwich Golf Club

Location: Worcestershire

Par: 4

Yards: 426

Stroke Index: 4

Average Score: 5.69

China Fleet Golf Club

Location: Cornwall

Par: 4

Yards: 455

Stroke Index: 1

Average Score: 5.61

18th Holes

The Brabazon 18th

Auchmill Golf Club

Location: Grampian

Par: 4

Yards: 451

Stroke Index: 9

Average Score: 6.02

Dunton Hills Golf Course

Location: Essex

Par: 5

Yards: 498

Stroke Index: 8

Average Score: 6.99

The Belfry - Brabazon Course

Location: Warwickshire

Par: 4

Yards: 418

Stroke Index: 4

Average Score: 5.75


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