The short par five 3rd hole is one of the best and most interesting at Deal. The fairway is a series of rolling mounds, rather like waves, with the green virtually hidden behind the last of the mounds. The 4th is a lovely bunkerless par three of 153 yards. The white cliffs of Dover are predominant in the distance.
The 9th, 10th and 11th holes are each a dogleg left where a good drive with a slight draw is needed. All of these par fours are well bunkered. Take one more club than you think on the long par three 14th which is uphill and feeds balls left of the green where the rough can be especially heavy.
The next few holes have extremely bumpy fairways so keeping your ball out of the rough is a difficult achievement, especially if you are into the wind. Gary Player has described these last four holes as “the finest four consecutive holes on any course in the world”.
The short par five 16th is, like the 3rd, one of the best at Deal. Keep your drive to the right at the 17th but this is also where the rough is at its worst if you are not accurate. The 18th fairway is a flatter affair but this hard running fairway contains a burn that can catch a long drive.
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 11, 2015