The beautiful parkland course at Malden provides a stern test for golfers of all abilities with a combination of tree lined fairways, carefully positioned bunkers, deceptive greens and natural water hazards.
It was originally laid out in 1926 with the help of Alex Herd, one of the leading professionals of the time. The course now measures 6,295 yards, a yardage that is made all the more difficult by the natural brooks which meander through the course and dictate how certain holes are played.
There are two distinct nines. The first half is played on the "low" part of the course where the brooks either cross or border seven of the nine holes. Selecting your strategy from the tee is important, particularly if you have to make some allowance for any breeze blowing between the trees. Quite often you will find you will have to hit a long second shot to the green to give yourself a good chance of getting a par. The "top" nine is more undulating. With three par fives, it will encourage you to take out the driver but trees and bunkers will catch any misdirected shots. And with some testing par threes and fours that skirt the edge of the golf course, scoring can still be tricky.
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