Marbaek course 2017-06-14T21:01:06+00:00
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Local rules for games on Marbæk course:

Markings:
White stakes: Out of bounds
Yellow stakes: water hazard
Red stakes: : Lateral water hazard
Blue stakes: Ground Under Repair
Blue stakes m. Black top: Ground Under Repair – Play Prohibited

Information and reference signs, 150 m markings and yellow, red and blue stakes are immovable obstructions. Rule 24-2.
White stakes signaling out of bounds between holes 4 and 5 only apply when playing the 4th hole. When playing the 5th hole, the white stakes are immovable obstructions. Rule 24-2.
All roads and paths are integral parts of the course.
For all rounds played on Esbjerg Golf Club’s courses, unless otherwise stated in the conditions of competition, a player may get information on the distance by using an instrument that only measures the distance. If a player, during a stipulated round, uses a rangefinder which is designed to indicate or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. slope, wind speed, temperature, etc.), this is in breach of Rule 14-3, and the player will be disqualified, regardless of whether he has used these functions or not.
Temporary markings and boundaries are immovable obstructions. Relief under Rule 24-2.
Penalties for violation of rules under the Rules of Golf.
DGU / USGA Course Rating and Slope System is used with permission from the United States Golf Association (USGA)

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How to play

Marbæk’s first hole is short, friendly and manageable. Should the first drive on Marbæk be a slice, there is a large area of semi-rough along the right-hand side where there is a good entrance to the green. The aim from the tee is to avoid the two fairway bunkers, and if you succeed, you’ll only have a short iron to the green.
The left side of the green is quite undulating, and if the pin is placed here, a precise shot to the green is required.
With a good start, there is a good chance for a birdie.

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How to play

The only real obstacles on this hole are the two green bunkers, which are located equidistantly from the tee. With plenty of semi-rough behind the green, the tee shot should rather be too long than too short. It may be difficult from the tee to see if the pin is placed in the front or back portion of the green, so it is advisable to check the pin position of the day before teeing off on the round.

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How to play:

The 3rd hole and the next 4 holes are located in the heathery terrain that is beautiful to look at, but can be nasty to hit from. Achieving precision on shots from the heather is almost impossible. But first, the ball must be found. The strategy for the holes 3 – 7 is to avoid ending up in the heather. If it should happen anyway, it is always important to select an iron and a direction that will bring the ball back onto the fairway. Trying to get distance can prove costly.
Overcoming the belt of heather between the tee and the fairway should only be a challenge in a strong headwind. If you select a slot line along the left side, a driver is a good choice. If you select a slot line along the right side, an iron or a 3 wood can be the right choice to avoid the next heather and grass belt.
The green is divided into two plateaus, but is otherwise without big undulations. If you hit the right plateau, a birdie is within reach. Bunkers left and right in front of the green are only in play when you hit a rather inaccurate shot.

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How to play:

Avoid heather in the drive. The long-hitting player can cut the corner in the dogleg, but it can be risky.
Only the most daring players go for the green in the second shot. Laying up in the second shot about 50-100 metres from the green is optimal, but be aware that a pocket of heather meanders into the fairway on the right side about 70 metres before the green.
The green is located on a crest and is rather flat. The edges of the green area slope towards the fairway, which actually makes the playable green area smaller than it visually appears. Aiming for the middle of the green can be a good choice.
If you play from tee 64, you can enjoy a beautiful view over the bay of Ho Bugt and the Skallingen peninsula.

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How to play

From the tee, there is no great risk by choosing to play along the left side of the fairway. Choosing the right club in the second shot is crucial. The ball must both carry the fairway bunker, which almost covers the entire width of the fairway around 10 metres from the green, and also hit the right plateau on the green. A putt from the top to the bottom plateau or vice versa is a major challenge, and you have to be extremely happy with a two-putt.
The white stakes marking out of bounds in the heather on the right side only apply when playing the 4th hole.

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How to play:

A birdie on this hole is a possibility because the hole is short: 275 metres from tee 57. The tee shot is pretty crucial, however, if you want to have a birdie chance. A driver can be the right choice because only few players can reach the fairway bunker in the drive. An iron or a 3 wood can be a good choice to get maximum stop in the approach shot, which is important as the green slopes from front to back.
If the pin is placed on the right side of the green, the drive should be placed on the left side of the fairway. That way, you’ll take the green bunker out of play in the second shot.

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How to play:

The landing area in the drive is narrow and hilly, which may give a rather awkward stance. It may therefore be wise not to be too aggressive in the second shot, but to aim at hitting the fairway just beyond the second ridge. Here, the ball will be in an optimal distance of about 100 metres from the pin. However, if you are aggressive in the second shot, beware that the fairway narrows towards the green, and the risk of ending up in the heather on the right side is greater.
The green is wide and undulating, but not very long. If the pin is placed on the right side of the green, a high approach shot is required, and a wrong position in the second shot can therefore be costly.
With the right strategic choices, this hole offers a good chance of a birdie.

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How to play:

The challenge on this hole is the design of the green. First, however, you must avoid the fairway bunker in the drive. If successful, you are then faced with a second shot where distance control is key, since the green is very long and has a big ridge running across it that divides the green in two areas. Judging direction and speed correctly when putting from one area to another, or across the green, is quite a challenge.

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How to play:

The obstacles on this par 3 are the three bunkers, though all are located in front of the green. The central bunker in particular can be treacherous. The safe choice off the tee is a club that safely carries the bunkers.
The green is very large and quite undulating, and therefore it is not enough to hit the green in the tee shot. The ball must be close to the pin.

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How to play:

The 10th hole is the only hole on Marbæk surrounded by trees on both sides in the driving area. Your focus should be on the three bunkers and semi-rough on the right side, however. The landing area on the left side is narrow, but if you choose to place the drive short of the front bunker, the distance on the second shot to the green is manageable and without a big risk because there are no bunkers around the green.

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How to play:

With a length of 377 metres (from tee 57) and frequent headwinds from the west, it takes two really good shots to reach the green in two. Distance and accuracy in the drive are required. The drive must be positioned next to the fairway bunker to get a manageable shot to the green, and at the same time, the drive must not be so much off line that the line of play to the green is blocked by the row of tall fir trees on both sides.
In the second shot, a long iron or a fairway wood is often required, and precision is again a must, since the entrance to the green is guarded by two bunkers, providing a rather narrow entrance to the green. A par here is always good.

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How to play:

Perhaps the most challenging hole on Marbæk, especially because of the elevated position and big slope of the green area.
The focus of the drive will often be to avoid the woods on the left side, but it is equally important to avoid the semi-rough on the right side of the landing area. Accuracy and distance control are absolutely necessary in the second shot, and it is therefore important to hit the second shot from the fairway.
The extreme left side of the green and the left side of the fairway are critical landing areas. Aim for the right half of the green. Should the ball end up right of the green, the chip is manageable.
The long green slopes severely to the right, but the green surface is not very undulating. For the best players who master distance control, there is a good chance for a birdie.

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How to play:

A short par 3, but with a long green, which is surrounded by bunkers front and left and a grass bunker on the right. Therefore accuracy and distance control are required. The green slopes to the right, and particularly in the back half of the green even short putts can be difficult to read.

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How to play:

The 14th has the widest fairway of all holes on the Marbæk course, and that over the full length of the hole. This is an invitation to being aggressive by going for a birdie. The drive should preferably be over the fairway bunker on the right side, but only by strong westerly winds this is a major challenge for good players. The second shot should be placed before the next fairway bunker, and from here there is a short shot to the green.
The slope of the green means that it is better to place the ball in the front half of the green.

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How to play:

The drive is relatively unproblematic, also when playing from the back tee (tee 64). The challenge is the second shot. Not many birdies are scored on this hole.
The slight dogleg is an invitation to cut the corner on the right, but greed can be punished with a trip to the long bunker in the dogleg or with having to hit your second shot from the heather on the slope to the right. There is ample space in the landing area on the left side of the fairway, and here there is an optimal approach to the green.
The elevated green requires distance control in the second shot, and shots that are a bit too aggressive often roll or bounce off the green.
It can be tricky reading the slope of the green properly, and especially a long putt across the green from a position on the right side should be played with caution.

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How to play:

The drive is unproblematic. Choosing to play down the left of the fairway in the drive involves no great risk.
The focus of the second shot should be to ensure sufficient length to avoid the two green bunkers in the front. You’ll experience one of the most difficult shots on the Marbæk course when the pin is in the front third of the green, where the green slopes down towards the front edge quite severely. A bunker shot to the green is quite demanding, and a long putt from the back of the green requires both skill and luck.

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How to play:

The aim off the tee is to avoid the two bunkers. If that fails, you’ll have to hit a short bunker shot from a rather deep bunker. The bottom of both bunkers can be pretty hard particularly during periods of rain, so a sand wedge is not always the right choice.
The green slopes heavily from back to front, and a putt across the green must be read and executed with care, and not with too much aggressiveness.

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How to play:

The characteristics of this hole are a fairly narrow fairway in the landing area for the drive combined with a green with an area 2 ½ times the average size of a green.
Both a driver and a 3 wood from the tee can be the best choice because the focus should be to avoid ending up in the areas of heather that surround both sides of the fairway.
The second shot is manageable, but a lack of precision and distance control can lead to a very long putt.
The green is without slope, but has small undulations that must be read correctly, particularly on a long putt.