With a stroke index of 3, Hole 9 Par 4 presents golfers with casuarinas hazards, it is a challenge to score a birdie for average players.
Montgomerie Links uses four different tee locations on each hole Gold / Blue / White / Red. This allows us to have the ability to vary the length that the hole plays and also vary the challenge for the golfer on each visit. In this series of hole descriptions, we will look at the playability of the holes from two perspectives: First from the viewpoint of the average player from the Blue tee player and then from the grade or professional's perspective from the Monty or gold tees.
I. HOLE 9 PAR 4 AT MONTGOMERIE LINKS GOLF CLUB
1. BLUE TEE - HOLE 9 AT MONTGOMERIE LINKS GOLF CLUB
9th hole, Par 4 (440 yards) Blue tee
At 440 yards the 9th hole is very difficult to reach in two for the average player, standing on the box the player is faced with a straightaway drive through a shoot of Casuarinas trees. The fairway is protected by two fairway bunkers left and right but it is the right-hand bunker that attracts the most players. The bunker is deep and around 50 yards in length. Usually, any player in this bunker will certainly be playing for a layup rather than for the green in two.
The average player who finds the fairway is now faced with two options, if they feel they are in range of the green they will need to hit a well-struck shot that is shaped from right to left, working up into a huge green. The green is well protected by two bunkers on the left and a water hazard on the right-hand side awaits any shots sliced from the fairway.
Those players with higher handicaps may consider using a smarter approach here and play a layup second to around 70 yards from the green. This option will leave them a relatively short shot to this very large green.
The 9th green at Montgomerie Links is huge covers 900 square meters and is 51 yards from front to back, players may well be satisfied to reach the green in two shots but the challenge is certainly not over. The green slopes from the middle to the front of the green and then slopes away from the player the further back into the green you go. All in this hole is fitting of its rating as the second most difficult hole at Montgomerie Links.
2. GOLD TEE (MONTY TEE) - HOLE 9 AT MONTGOMERIE LINKS GOLF CLUB
Gold Tees (Monty Tees) 499 yards (PGA or A grade golfer)
From the back tee, this hole measures 499 yards the tee shots need to be as long as possible but also require accuracy as the two fairway bunker are certainly in play at around 280 yards from the tee.
After negotiating the tee shot players are faced with a classic long iron or fairway wood into the long green. The fact that a water hazard is clearly visible on the right edge of the green just adds to the difficulty of the second shot. In my opinion, Colin Montgomerie has designed this hole with his own game in mind as he has always been known for his magnificent long iron play that has the ability to bring the ball in high and soft.
II. TIPS FOR HOLE 9 AT MONTGOMERIE LINKS GOLF CLUB
There are many players of all different standards and this is why we use a handicap system in golf, it allows us to play as equals and makes the game more fun. The 9th hole at Montgomerie Links is a great hole and yes it is difficult but remember if you have a handicap you can use it to your advantage. Think your way around and if you can’t get on the green for two then make a plan to get on in three and use that handicap of yours.