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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
Hole 14, Hilbre
Hole 14
Duncan Frazer
By Duncan Frazer
Royal Liverpool, handicap 12

One of the signature holes on the course, this is a demanding par-four.

From the professional tee it is a mighty blow for we amateurs to even reach the fairway - on a calm day.

The medal tee, over 40 yards ahead, still offers a challenging drive. The hole dog-legs left to a hidden green from the tee, tempting the player to drive the three bunkers that protect the left-hand side of the fairway. Not many achieve this!

The right-hand side of the fairway is also protected by a string of bunkers, so a straight drive is recommended. The second shot will be anything from a four to six-iron, and appears an inviting and friendly shot.

But a slight fade will see the ball bounce unforgivingly off a slope leaving an almost impossible shot back onto a thin green. A pulled shot will end in deep rough, and if you aren't careful could land you near the pond that is home to Hoylake's celebrated community of natterjack toads.


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