Par 4 SI 9
The tee shot on the first is perhaps one of the most unsettling at Castle Stuart, with penalties lurking both left and right in the form of a solid bank of gorse and the full expanse of the Moray Firth - stroke and distance to the left and lateral water hazard to the right. Contrary to your first impression, the play area is wide (60 yards) and forgiving with supporting upslopes on either side. A modest drive in play leaves a straightforward approach to a green more forgiving to recoveries from the left than right. With its simplicity and flip-flopping asymmetry the opening hole can be straightforward and yet vexing.
Prelude to the Course Guide
by Mark Parsinen - Managing Partner/ Co-Designer