The opening is a rather gentle affair. This is a driveable par four of 300 yards with little by way of hazards if you hit it straight. The 3rd requires a rather frightening blind tee shot into the unknown beyond heavily grassed dunes that will stop anything not well struck. The 6th is the first of the par threes. Although only 159 yards in length, it is rated index number 4.
Seven is a shortish par five that needs to be treated with caution. Thick rough lines the fairway and a deep ditch runs across about where your second shot is likely to finish. The slightly elevated green is in an attractive setting with bunkers either side at the front. The 8th and 9th holes form the boundary, far from the clubhouse, with houses as the backdrop on the left side.
The 11th poses the classic question asking you to decide how much of the corner can you take on. This par four of 408 yards is shortened considerably if you aim right of the green with a draw. Anything too far left will be in trouble in the deep wet ditch or long grass. Hit a perfect drive and you will think it is an easy hole.
The last three holes are a good finish. Sixteen is a long par four running along the sea wall. The fairway is wide but the second half runs uphill. Anything right of the green is in serious trouble. The par three 17th is one of the best holes at Littlestone. The tee is from the seaside boundary to a green partly blocked on the left by a low dune and bunker. The 18th is a straight ahead, relatively short par five on flat terrain.
This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every English course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
Date: May 12, 2015