• 1st Hole - 142 m Par 3 -  Russell Vale Golf Course
    1st Hole - 142 m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Course

    Your first shot of the day is always tough but this hole will definetly wake you up for the rest of the round. The green is elevated but it is not that apparent, so take an extra club to make sure you get on top. Be careful - you don't want to go past the hole as the green slopes from back to front and you will be left with a very tricky downhill putt especially if the greens are running quick!

  • 2nd Hole Tee Shot -  249m Par 4 - Russell Vale Golf Course
    2nd Hole Tee Shot - 249m Par 4 - Russell Vale Golf Course

    A driveable par 4 for the longer hitters, but you better make sure you keep it straight or the sloping fairway will take your ball to the left in amongst some small trees, leaving you with a tough shot to an elevated green. The trees on the right will also grab your ball. Ideal tee shot would be just left of the trees on the right, pitch in the rough and it will run down to near the green or even on if you are long enough.

  • 2nd Hole  -  249m Par 4 - Russell Vale Golf Course
    2nd Hole - 249m Par 4 - Russell Vale Golf Course

    The green is perched on an embankment so the approach to the green should favour the right half of the green for safety or your ball could be taken down a steep bank on the left side. Too long over the green and you will also have troubles with an uphill shot.

  • 3rd Hole - 142m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    3rd Hole - 142m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club

    The 3rd hole is an interesting one depending on the hole position. There is a down hill  slope from front to middle and then up hill slope from middle to back. If the pin is on the left side you want to avoid missing the green to left as there will be very little green to work with and vice-versa if you miss it on the right side. You dont want to go over the green if the flag is on the back - an impossible up and down! There is a bunker short right of the green to be avoided. The ideal shot would be in the middle of the green or just off the front left. That should give you the option to play to any pin.

  • 4th Hole - 185m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    4th Hole - 185m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club

    The 4th hole is one the trickier holes on the course - rated 2. It is a lengthy par 3, 185m and is slightly uphill. Like most holes at The Vale, you dont want to go long as the sloping green from back to front will make it a very tricky par save.The better way to play this hole is to be short of the hole and chip or putt up the slope. Shorter hitters should aim to left side to avoid going down into the trees on the right.

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  • 5th Hole - 163m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    5th Hole - 163m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club

    The 5th hole is slight downhill tee shot to a fairly large green. The dangers are a bunker of the left side that can be a tricky shot to save par if the pin is close the left side. There is quite a severe mound at the back right of the hole where the flag can be tucked behind. You dont want to be right of the hole when the flag is on the right side of the green as this will leave a very tricky up and down. Favouring the left side, without going into the bunker, is a good way to play the hole. When the greens are running fast a putt from the right side maybe tricky to stop, especially when the flag is towards the back of the green.

  • 6th Hole - 155m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    6th Hole - 155m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club

     

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  • 7th Hole - 153m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    7th Hole - 153m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club

     

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  • 8th Hole - 202m Par 3 / Ladies 4 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    8th Hole - 202m Par 3 / Ladies 4 - Russell Vale Golf Club

    The mens stroke 1 and a ladies par 4. Walk off with a a 3 or 4 and be happy! It is a tough long par 3 hole for the men, with mounds at the front the green to stop balls running up onto the green and the out-of-bounds the entire right side of the hole. Any tee shot to the right is in trouble, and if it does not go out of bounds trees will most likely block your recovering shot. Favouring the left side of the hole is the prudent play but make sure you are past the small garden on the left. Too far left and there are trees to hamper your approach.

  • 8th Hole - 202m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    8th Hole - 202m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club

    Photograph showing green position and the slopes behind; you definitely don't want to be long! The green is quite a large saucer shape sloping front to middle and back to middle. The ball does not run down the back slope as much as players believe it will, an infact and can even turn towards the sea, seemingly up the hill! This has caught many players before - even regular players each week! Favour the left side to leave a putt uphill to any part of the green.

  • 9th Hole - 173m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    9th Hole - 173m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club

     

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  • 9th Hole - 173m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club
    9th Hole - 173m Par 3 - Russell Vale Golf Club

     

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The design, setting and relaxed atmosphere of The Vale makes is a great place to play, whatever you age, experience or handicap. There is a mix of par 3’s, 4’s and a 5 which provides a great challenge to experts and novices alike.

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