North Manchester boasts one of the hardest starts, certainly among the local courses if not nationally. The 1st appears relatively simple. An uphill par four of 320 yards sounds easy enough, but the carry over water from the elevated tee, combined with the steep bank on the right-hand side which throws everything towards the hazard and many trees on the left, combine to make it anything but. A confidently struck drive takes away most of the problem, but you are still left with a mid-iron second to a large but well protected green. Finding the flag often proves difficult since more often than not only the top half of it is visible from the fairway.
Ignore the water it shouldn’t come in to play. Keep the second shot short of the flag to leave an uphill put.