In the captions, C represents distance in metres from the championship tees, M from the men’s tees and W from the women’s. The course measures
6032m from the championship tees, 5605m from the men’s tees and 5138m from the women’s tees.
#1 – Exodus
The first hole carries Biblical connotations (remember the Israelites’ flight from Egypt?) and this par 4 is the perfect beginning of your golfing “journey” at Belmont.
A straightforward enough hole but it pays to keep to the fairway.
C – 332 M – 322 W – 288
#2 – Sea View
Aptly named, the elevated position of the par 3 tee box gives great views of both the green and the Tasman Sea. You don’t want to stray to the left where the ground breaks away and trees lurk.
C – 140 M – 130 W – 125
#3 – RedanThis par 4 used to feature a blind tee shot, with the fairway and green obscured by a hill directly in front of it. The hill has all but gone but it still provides a challenge. The name Redan could have been adopted from the Crimean War when British troops captured a Russian-held fort or “redan”. Play it straight, bunkers to left and right at the front.
C – 375 M – 364 W – 278
#4 – Outlook
This par 4 hole is rated among the hardest of Belmont’s 18 holes. It’s straight but the challenge comes if the wind is blowing. You hit into a plateau green which drops off sharply on both sides and at the back.
C – 369 M – 341 W – 316
#5 – Quarries
In the earlier days players hitting off the 5 tee were driving over part of a quarry. You can only see the flag stick from the elevated championship tee. You don’t
want your drive to be too far left or right. A 3 wood is a good option.
C – 354 M – 308 W – 289
#6 – Land’s EndThis par 4 gets its name from the fact the hole is the furthest away from the clubhouse. Long and straight is the name of the game here. Greenside bunkers can make life difficult.
C – 351 M – 343 W – 315
#7 – The SlopeThis par 3 is named for the shape of the green which slopes from back to front, and from tee to green is a gradual rise. There’s a lot of carry demanded with your tee shot. A ball landing on the front of the green can often roll back down the fairway.
C – 166 M – 146 W – 112
#8 – Long Tom
The longest hole on the course and is another hole that tips its hat to conflicts of the 19th century. Long Tom was a type of cannon used in both the US Civil War and in the second Boer War. Your tee shot on this par 5 takes you down into a valley before heading back up the fairway with a dog-leg left.
C – 519 M – 497 W – 428
#9 – TerawhitiOne of the most picturesque holes at Belmont, this short par 3 takes golfers from an elevated tee onto a green almost encircled by bunkers. Forget the flag and go for the centre of the green.
C – 126 M – 115 W -115
#10 – Alma
The green is obscured by a hill (the highest point on the course) you have to hit over. This par 4 can be a testing hole with a sou’easterly wind blowing, but a good drive that finds the fairway will be rewarded.
C – 385 M – 365 W – 365
#11 – EncampmentThe name for this par 5 recognises the club’s original course a few kilometres away before the move was made to Belmont. Your drive is from an elevated tee onto a fairway that shapes to the left, leaving a long, straight run into the big green guarded by bunkers left and right.
C – 488 M – 454 W – 408
#12 – French PassThis challenging par 3, with out-of-bounds to the left and a hill to the right, means hitting through an intimidating narrow gap directly in front of the tee box.
C –195 M – 173 W – 141
#13 – Bunker HillThe second hardest hole on the course, sees you drive blind to a fairway that shapes to the left over the hill. Out-of-bounds is left of the tee box. A solid straight drive is the key to this par 4. Going for the green with your second is a matter of risk and reward; miss left or right and you’ll be in the sand.
C – 381 M – 341 W – 307
#14 – Dress Circle
This par 4 is one of the signature holes at Belmont. Sometimes a 3 wood is the best option off the tee to give you a full second shot to the elevated green. Depending on the pin placement, this green is a serious test.
C – 286 M – 270 W 229
#15 – Belmont
The elevated tee next to the clubhouse provides great views towards the city from this par 4. Taking the middle road means avoiding trees left and right about halfway along the fairway. A fairly narrow entrance opens up a big green with bunkers either side.
C – 404 M – 404 W – 404
#16 – BalgownieHere’s another par 4 which takes its name from the club’s original course in Gonville in the late 1800s. Keeping your drive long and straight is the plan before you hit into a big undulating green.
C – 385 M – 305 W – 305
#17 – TigerThis challenging par 4 is another of those Belmont holes which involves a blind tee shot through a narrow gap onto the broad fairway. The green is well guarded by bunkers and has a very narrow throat, so don’t be short or wide.
C – 360 M – 342 W – 328
#18 – ImlayThis is a spectacular finishing par 4 and deservedly the number one shot hole at Belmont. Avoid the deep bunker to the left halfway along the fairway. And steer clear of the big bunkers covering both sides of another huge green that slopes from back to front.
C – 416 M – 385 W – 385