Situated on mostly flat land Maioris is a walkable golf course with no need for a buggy except at midday during July or August. Having said that holes 14 to 18 are quite hilly which makes it a difficult finish.
The course plays very differently if you start from the 10th, as it is slightly easier if you get the steep holes out of the way early.
Water does not make up a large part of this course although its clever design brings it into play often. There are 3 separate water features which are in play on 5 holes. All the bunkers are of reasonable placement and depth so that finding them offers a chance to recover if handled correctly.
The signature hole on the front 9 would have to be the 4th which is a Par 5 dogleg left with an approach over a water hazard (which can be seen on the left of the Clubhouse as you arrive). It sums up Maioris because it plays neither long, nor narrow, yet still proves a challenge every time. It earns its Stroke Index 2 rating given the small landing area around the green, although with our advice below we can help you out on how to tame this hole.
Typical of the back 9 at Maioris is the Par 4 15th which is a dogleg left, this time downhill with some tricky rough on the left. As you turn the corner you get a great view of the surrounding countryside.
See our shot saver section on the right to see the best strategy on these holes and more.
4th – Par 5, 437m, dog leg left with water.
Stay on the left hand side of middle in the fairway and flirt with the
trees to give yourself a shorter lay up and more chance of accuracy.
Pitching onto the green from the right removes the biggest threat from
the bunkers and the bridge to the green, whilst giving you the most
green to play with.
5th – Par 5, 435m, dogleg right then left.
From the tee the safest line is to right of the right edge of the
bunker. If you aim straight then a good drive will end up in the bunker
whilst the trees on the right are spacious and forgiving. Alternatively
the Tiger line is directly between the two tallest pine trees on the
right with a lot of club. This hole plays as a relatively short Par 5
and there is an unobstructed run into to the green so good positioning
off the tee will set you up nicely.
6th – Par 4, 350m, tight fairway, Out of Bounds all the way along the
The OB on the left is very near and imposing and it is easy to
overcompensate to the right and end up in the trees. It is not a very
long hole and there are few traps around the green so accuracy off the
tee will win this hole not distance. The only greenside bunker here is
short left, and the green has many ledges so it is best to let the ball
run on to the green from pitching short here.
7th – Par 4, 331m, dogleg left with an uphill approach and small green.
The uphill approach to the small green makes this a tricky hole. There
is no need to stay tight left off the tee, and definitely no need to cut
the corner from the tee (unless you have a side bet going on). The
middle to left side of the fairway is fine and gives a good line in. The
green here is quite small and staying to the right is best as there is a
steep slope and bunker on the left.
8th – Par 3, 196m, long Par 3.
A long Par 3 that needs a lot of club especially when the wind is
blowing. To the right rather than left here is always best as the bunker
on the left is one of the trickier ones on the course. There is plenty
of room out right if your shot goes awry.
9th – Par 4, 360m, uphill all the way with a turn to the left.
The line off the tee is the corner of the bunker on the left hand side
of the fairway. The bunker short left will have to be either gone around
or over to hit this small green well protected by bunkers.
10th – Par 5, 512m, dogleg right downhill with water in front of the
From the elevated tee the left hand side of the fairway is preferred, as
long as you make sure you stay inside of the hazard that runs the
entire length of the fairway on the left. From there a lay up that stays
left is also advised as the hazard cuts out into the fairway. Approaching
from the left again will give a dry line in. A tricky hole that earns
its Stroke Index 1 rating.
12th – Par 4, 310m, short hole with unprotected green.
At first glance a straightforward hole, but the fairway narrows
devilishly exactly in the range of a decent wood shot off the tee. An
easy iron off the tee will provide bail out room on the right without
leaving a long approach to the green. Stroke Index 9 that can play
easier with the correct strategy.
13th – Par 3, 142m, water on 3 sides of the green.
What can we say but a great looking hole that needs an accurate tee
shot. If you are a victim of the water there is a drop zone just in
front of the tree with a clear line in which may allow you to salvage a
point with a good chip and putt.
14th – Par 5, 467m, blind uphill approach.
This dogleg right has an almost 90 degree curve to it. The trees on the
right are very forgiving so don’t fear taking Route 1 by mistake. All
approaches to the green are blind so you lose nothing being on the
right. The fairway bunker in front of the tee is in range of a drive so
best to go either side of it. There is a bunker short right of the green
that cannot always be seen from the fairway. There is room out right
but not behind the green.
15th – Par 4, 421m, downhill after 170m.
A classic hole that doesn’t have to be too difficult. From the tee aim
at the pole ahead and slightly left of it. A good strike on the left
hand edge of the pole will get a run down the hill for quite a few
metres, whilst going right will make the hole play a lot longer than it
is. A clean and unobstructed downslope into the green means that the
correct tee shot with a clean strike on the second will be points every
day of the week.
16th – Par 4, 318m, uphill dogleg right.
The first hole of a testing final 3. It plays longer than shown on the
card owing to the uphill slope from the tee. The line off the tee is to
the right of the tallest pine tree in the distance. A shot that goes
right may slide down the hill there and will present a struggle for the
rest of the hole. There are bunkers short left and in front of the
green, whilst there is no room for error at all behind the green.
17th – Par 4, 368m, downhill hole with water short right of the green.
Back down the slope you just walked up, this tee shot is wide open on
both sides and invites a big strike off the tee. The left hand side is
favoured to give a dry line in to the green, although this is not
essential as there is plenty of bail out room on the left of the green.
18th – Par 4, 384m, uphill dogleg left.
The final hole and thankfully the final hill on the course. Another
fairway sloping uphill where there is no best line off the tee, just the
best distance in order to reach the green in 2. This is a very small
green with a large step in it at the back sloping forwards, and well
protected by bunkers on all sides. Laying up to this green may be
considered by the cautious player.
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