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Course Details and Playability - Highland Nine
Hole 10
 
The opening hole is the longest par 4 on the course. 468 yards from the tip, this beautiful opening dogleg left hole runs parallel to the South China Sea. To carry the dogleg from the back tees requires a tee shot of 280 yards, therefore the best approach is to aim for the mound in the middle of the fairway. From there a long precise second shot is required to avoid the fall off on the left and bunker on the right of a deceptively long green.
     
Hole 11
 
Club selection and accurate reading of the wind is crucial to negotiate par on this long well-bunkered par 3. The green features a deep false front that guards a front pin location. The narrow portion of the green is the right side where a deep bunker awaits. The back of the green features a slope that helps prevent balls from going through into the trees.
     
Hole 12
 
Featuring a bunkered landing area from the tee and a semi island green, this is the most difficult hole on the back nine. The prevailing wind is from the left bringing the right rough and bunker into play off the tee. Unless you are close enough to carry and stop the ball on this semi island green, it is advisable to play the ball to the right and allow the undulations on the approach area to bring the ball towards the middle of the green.
     
Hole 13
 
This tee box offers one of the course¡¦s most spectacular ocean views with Chai Wan and Hong Kong Island visible on a clear day. A tee shot of 180 yards is required to clear the ravine, however, that is only part of the challenge as the prevailing wind will push the ball towards the bunker and water on the right side of the hole. The second shot will require a mid to long iron into a green that features a long tongue and multiple undulations.
     
Hole 14
 

Take a good look around as this tee box is the highest point of the entire golf course. From here the Ocean Nine and the clubhouse are clearly visible. The wind plays a big factor in the yardage of this hole. Be mindful of a steep ridge that guards the centre of the green making it difficult to get it close. The green also features fall-offs right and left, go over the green and it is most definitely a lost ball!

If you get a chance, try and sneak a look at the pin location of the 16th hole to the right of the tee box!

     
Hole 15
 
Hole 15 boasts one of the most demanding tee shots on the course. The fairway doglegs and narrows to the point where the bunker cuts into the fairway. After negotiating the tee shot one can either choose to attack the green or lay up and try and play down the left side as it is the safe side of the fairway and also offers the best approach angle to the green. This par 5 offers the chance to make a birdie but is definitely a risk reward hole.
     
Hole 16
 
The green is settled under a steep natural slope upon where the 14th tee is perched. The tongue makes the green long so be sure to accurately determine the pin location. The prevailing wind will push the ball towards the bunker and drop off on the right.
     
Hole 17
 
To carry the bunker requires a precise 250-yard tee shot against the prevailing wind. The landing area must be on the right half of the fairway otherwise the natural slope of the fairway will take the ball into the left pot bunker. The second shot will leave a mid to long iron into a two tier green with some protection from a raised back edge. Any shot that misses the green left, right or long will leave a tricky chip.
     
Hole 18
 
The journey home concludes with one last test of discipline and shot making. From the back tees only take on the bunker and dogleg if you can carry the ball 300+ yards, otherwise aim 20-30 yards right of it. One must be 100% committed as this blind landing area is narrowed by the ravine that comes into play. Keep the second shot short of the deep pot bunker in the middle of the fairway. The approach will test your club selection and accuracy as the green is severely elevated and features three tiered sections.