A formidable opening hole which can play deceptively long when played into the wind. Two deep bunkers short of the putting surface demand an accurate approach to a long green, which can prove harder to hit due to the sloping surrounds.
Hold the fairway and you are left with a direct route to the green. Judging the approach will require good distance control particularly in a crosswind as the hole runs parallel to the shoreline.
An extremely challenging short hole for all standards of play. Greenside bunkers left and right swallow even the slightest miss-hit and a par here is highly regarded.
The longest hole on the course, the 4th is marshaled by a series of bunkers along the right-hand side. A solid par five off the back tees, it demands an accurate third to a fairly shallow green.
Turning back southwards, another par five somewhat shorter in length, with a gentle dog-leg to the right. Avoid the Rife along the right side of this hole and whilst the bigger hitters can reach in two, a sloping green ensures they still have to work hard for a birdie.
The second of 5 par threes at Littlehampton, the sixth requires both accuracy and distance control. Come up short and you will encounter a raised green, go too long and you may be left with a tricky downhill chip or putt. Bunkers on both sides can also snare seemingly good tee shots.
Avoid the imposing fairway bunker off the tee and you should be left with a straight forward approach to the green. Take a brief moment to enjoy views across Clymping beach, the English Channel and the famous South Downs away in the distance.
A delightful par three, the longest on the golf course, demanding a crisply struck tee shot. Don’t relax when you do find the apparent safety of the putting surface, as this is a notoriously tricky green on which to hole a putt.
With the wind off the beach, avoiding the bunker on the right off the tee is paramount here if you are to have a comfortable shot in to another well-guarded green.
The tenth hole approaches the furthest point from our Clubhouse with Out of Bounds running along the left-hand side. Find the fairway and avoid the greenside bunker, and this can yield a good birdie opportunity.
A short par three where, if you miss the target, you will face a testing up and down from the hollows, or from one of three awaiting greenside bunkers.
Now turn for the long march home, and you are about to be severely tested. A good drive is required to miss the bunker on the right. A long par four for the men, with a rolling green, a par here is very welcome.
A good drive down the left of fairway leaves the ideal approach route into number thirteen. Though by no means a long hole, many a golfer can succumb to a well-placed pin position on the top level of another very challenging green.
Finding the fairway is of enormous benefit here, where you will require a precise second to a long green. The positioning of the bunker in the middle of the fairway can cause many to come up short, and if that does not get you, there are two more well placed bunkers waiting at greenside.
An excellent opportunity to pick up shots presents itself on this short par four, but so to does the chance to derail a good round. Big hitting can get you very near to the green, but go left off the tee and the bunkers and out of bounds are in play, go too far right and the Rife offers a watery grave.
Miss the short sixteenth and you are most likely to find one of five bunkers. Worse still, the Rife runs in front of the green and the nearby road and out of bounds on the left can enter your mind as you glimpse the sanctuary of the Clubhouse.
A real birdie chance for the better player, but into wind this hole can prove a drastically different proposition. Coming in from the left with your second offers the greater angle as you can play away from the three greenside bunkers.
A fitting eighteenth hole where anything is possible and the right hand side fairway bunkers need to be respected. An accurate approach is required to hit the final green, the longest on the golf course. Miss the target and you will need to work hard to get up and down, often watched by the inhabitants of the imposing triple aspect Clubhouse.