The first hole at Waihi is a straight par four. Though not long in distance left of centre drive is best, approach shot to the right of the pin, as green slopes to the left.A bunker short of the green on the right protects the right hand side approach to this sloping kidney shaped green.
Another straight par four, this one follows the course boundary with out of bounds left. A straight drive will leave a gentle approach to the slightly elevated green. The putting surface slopes front to back and is protected by a left hand side bunker as well as mall bunker on the right front of green.
Hole number 3 has the stroke number of the hardest hole on the course for the men, easiest for the ladies. An uphill drive of 200m plus is required to reach the brow of the hill. There is out of bounds left and trees encroaching on both sides of the fairway at the 150m mark. A good approach will have you putting on a gentle sloping green.
Hole number 4 will set up nicely with a straight drive off the tee. There is again out of bounds left with the right side of the fairway being the safer option. Although not long in length, the hole offers difficulties if your approach is short or right as the green is steeply elevated. The putting surface slopes back to front.
The first of the par 5's starts off from a 2 tiered, elevated and partially obscured tee. The down hill run offered by the fairway will give a long straight drive the reward of reaching the green in two. Three fairway bunkers 50 meters short of the green protect against running the ball up to the green. A carefully placed right hand side bunker with a few subtle breaks on this back to front sloping green will test your nerve.
The first par 3 on the front nine will test off the tee. With the wind prevailing towards you, this can leave your tee shot short or force your ball into the front left, rear or right handside bunkers. The two tiered green will pose difficulties in converting birdie opportunities.
The longest hole on the course a good driving hole with a bunker situated on the right-hand side of the landing area. Another fairway bunker on the right 100 m out from the green. Green-side bunkers at the front and left of the green. A good approach will set up a birdie opportunity.
Following the longest hole on the course is the shortest. This tee shot has the golfer playing the ball over the front right bunker whilst avoiding the the sloping run off left and right of the green. A favourable pin position will reward accuracy while a challenging pin can punish an errant tee shot.
The finish to the front nine has the golfer playing from an elevated tee facing a slight right to left dogleg. There is a fairway bunker on the left which will punish an aggressive line.
A right hand side approach will bring the greenside bunker into play. A challenge awaits your putter with this one.
The 10th is the most difficult on the course for the ladies, and second for the men. A tight entry on the fairway opens up to a left to right sloping landing zone. The required approach to the green is from the left as the two tiered green rolls from left to right.
Hole 11 has the golfers heading back towards the Club house. This dog leg right will provide a stern challenge, a strong drive slightly right of centre sets up a easy approach to this two tiered green. There will be trouble with an approach left of this green as there is small but tricky bunker lurking.
This par 5 has a generous landing area off the tee. The fairway has a small gully running through it at the 250m and a slightly larger one at the 100m mark through to the green. Coming up short with your approach at certain times of the year will be disconcerting. A back to front sloping green will challenge.
A long iron or lofted wood will be required to play this one. A significant run off awaits a shot right of this green. A slightly elevated green will provide the player with some putting headaches as there are subtle undulations on this one.
14 offers a great challenge off the tee, with approximately 200m carry required to reach the brow of the large gully. This enables enough clearance from the left hand trees to approach the elevated green with a short iron. The green has bunker protection on the front right.
This short par three has the option on an elevated righthand side tee or a lower left hand side option. The green has protection both sides and slopes away on the left and rear of the green.
The easiest hole on the course for the men has the golfer tempted to cut the corner from this dog leg left. A fairway bunker, out of bounds lie in wait for a left-ish drive. Your second shot is generally blinded by the top of the gully and offers an uneven lie but reachable in two. The green has bunker protection front right and the pin is often tucked away in behind it.
The golfer is faced with a dogleg right on the tee of 17. Though a relatively short par 4, a straight tee shot will reward with a short approach. A slightly errant drive can feed towards the out of bounds left or the tree cover right. A downhill approach feeds the left to right sloping kidney shaped green. Bunker front left.
The 18th is a very slight dog leg left. There is out of bounds left which can dent a previously good round. A good drive will be rewarded with a short iron approach to a slightly elevated two tiered green. Bunkers front right and left offer further hazards to a low scoring round. Beware of a long approach as the Club house is beckoning!