Hi Slinger, as promised, here't my take of the course in OCC. Sorry for taking too long to write it and being so long winded.
I know that it will open a can of worms when I post this but please note that this is mostly coming from me, a shorthitter hor.
Dendro – Par 37 (blue : 3197m, white : 2852m, red : 2522m)
Hole 1 – Par 5 (blue : 515m, white : 476m, red : 414m)
Mid length par 5 starting hole with a slight dog leg left after the tee shot. For those playing off blue, bunker in play on the left around 180m and trees on the right.
2nd shot is relatively straight forward towards the green but players needs to bear in mind that the fairway slope to the right so better to aim for the left side of the fairway. Long hitters needs to be careful of bunkers on the left around 80m from the green to catch those that aims to far left.
Green is slightly elevated, longish and undulating and protected in the front by 2 deep bunkers on each side. (Green is something similar to the one on the first hole of Warren GCC). Depending on where the ball lands and pin position, breaks can be very severe.
Hole 2 – Par 4 (blue : 325m, white : 304m, red :271m)
Dog leg left par 4. Right side OB/hazard depending on where the ball goes through. There is a coconut tree on the left centre of the fairway before it turns left. Short hitters would aim right of the tree whereas the long hitters will aim right of it (sort of tigerline). For long hitters, there is a bunker on the right side around 100m marker which would be in play.
2nd shot into the green would either be ranging from 6 iron to pitching wedge depending on how long is the tee shot. Green is slightly diagonal and protected by bunkers on front right and left. Unless close to pin, it would be a easy 2 putts. If you hit too long, the back of the green slopes down severely and you will have a tricky chip back into the green. Not much break on the green unless you are on the upper end.
Hole 3 – Par 5 (blue : 574m, white :451, red 401m)
This is the longest par 5 in OCC. Relatively straight forward though fairway is protected by bunkers that will affect both long and short hitters. A number of players have contributed generously to buy jugs of beer or watermelon for not crossing the red tee. Most of us would go for the green in 4 rather than in 3 shots unless you are in luck and you are able to hit your tee , 2nd and 3rd shot flush. (note : this does not applies to long hitters)
There is a pond in front of the blue tee whereas the white and red tee boxes are by the right side. There is also a flower bed on the right after the pond. You need about 160m to clear the pond. For long hitter, there is a bunker on the right again which could come in play.
2nd shot, you would normally take a 3 wood or 5 wood. Whilst the tee shot is straight forward, you need to pick you landing spot as the fairway in the middle slots to the left into a bunker.
3rd shot would be placement shot for the short hitter. Fairway slopes heavily into the left and you need to aim to the right where it is level or if it catches the slope, you will still be in the left side of the fairway. For the long hitters, most would be using a mid to long iron into the green.
4th shot is normally is a sand/approach wedge in. Green is long and protected by bunkers on the front left (deep) and right (2 bunkers). Back of the green slopes down severely as well. Relatively straight putts and the breaks are not too difficult to read.
Hole 4 – Par 3 (blue : 174m, white : 149m, red :113m)
Par 3 with bunkers on front left and side right. Green is elevated and like a slight down leg left and will slope very fast at the back. Most players aim for centre of the green and if not, would try to play short and chip in. Back of the green after the buggy track is OB. No matter what, try not to get into the bunker on the right as the size of the bunker is as big if not bigger than the green. If you do get in, have fun in the beach there.
Green is a killer here with very severe breaks. If the pin is at the back and strength and breaks are not judged properly, you can putt out of the green.
Hole 5 – Par 4 (blue : 367m, white : 335m, red : 295m)
Dog leg right par 4. Bunker on the right side of the fairway at around 190m from blue tee. Fairway is level till that bunker where it will slot to the right. Another fairway bunker on the left at just pass the 150m marker.
Longer hitters will normally go over the right bunkers where it will slope down to the 100m markers and it will be a easy 9i/wedge distance for them depending on where the ball stop. For the short hitters, most will aim for the fairway left of the right bunker and use a wood or long iron into the green. If you land in the rough before the right bunker, you can still go for a tigerline into the green but trees lining the fairway and buggy track on the right will be in play.
Green is again slightly elevated and protected by bunkers on the front left, side right and back. Once on, the green is just slightly undulating and normally would be a easy 2 putts.
Hole 6 – Par 5 (blue : 437, white : 414m, red : 388m)
Short par 5. Water cut across the fairway at around 260m from the blue tee. From the tee boxes, the fairway goes uphill and slope down to the water. Big fairway bunker on the left and a smaller one on the right. Long hitters can normally go for the green in 2 if their drives goes to roll down to the edge of the water. A normal drive would comes in between the 2 bunkers. A mid/long iron or wood would be required to cross the water.
After the water, a longish bunker runs along the left side of the fairway and water on the extremely right side (usually not in play unless you slice badly.
Approach in is normally a short iron as the green is protected by bunkers left, right and back (left is long deep bunker and trust me, you do not want to go in there). Longish green with slight undulation but normally 2 putts will do (some says 3).
Hole 7 – Par 4 (blue : 349m, white : 314m, red 282m)
Straight par 4 that goes uphill and then downhill to a sloping green. Bunkers on the right at the 150m marker and left (down slope) just before the 100m marker. Depending on whether you catches the slope, For 2nd shots, 7w to pitching wedge can be used to attack the green.
Green is protected by bunkers on the left and right again. The right bunker runs almost the length of the green. The front of the green slopes upward to the middle and then slope downs. Tricky putt if the ball is at one end of the green and the pin the other end.
Hole 8 – Par 3 (blue : 170m, white : 142m, red : 112m)
Straight Par 3 into a long green. Green is protected by bunkers on the right and the bunker on the left runs the length of the green. Water is also on the right and in play if you hook your ball. The green slope upwards from front to back. Breaks are relatively easy to read on this green.
Hole 9 – Par 4 (blue: 286m, white : 267m, red : 246m)
Short par 4 that goes uphill to an elevated green. Water just right in front of green and you need only about 100m to clear. Bunkers on the right at around the 100m marker and 50m to front of green. Trees lining the left side of the fairway after the first bunker and will be in play if you land there.
Average hitter will hit to around the 100m marker and use either a 9i or wedge into the green. Green is protected by bunkers on both the left (very very deep) and right. Slight undulation on the green but breaks can be tricky.
Vanda – Par 36 (blue : 3043m, white : 2761m, red : 2485m)
Hole 1 – Par 4 (blue : 367m, white : 335m, red : 295m)
Straight par 4. Fairway slopes from right to left for most part. Line of trees on both left and right side of the fairway which normally comes into play if you hook or slice. Bunker at around 140m from the green.
Normally at the tee box, aim for the right centre of the fairway. Ball will catch the slope and roll to
toward the left of green. Long hitters would normally need a short/mid irons into the green whereas the short hitters will use long iron or woods into the green.
Green is protected by bunkers on the front right and right of green. Green is relatively flat however, if you overshoot the green, there is a severe slopes that goes into the water. Not much breaks on the green.
Hole 2 – Par 3 (blue : 168m, white : 146m, red : 126m)
Mid length par 3. Water cuts in right in front of the tee boxes but generally not in play. Water on left all the way to the green.
Green is big and right diagonal and protected by one big bunker on the front left and 2 at the back. Slight downhill from the back to the front but if it is a long distance to the pin, can be in 3 putts region.
Hole 3 – Par 4 (blue 373, white: 343m, red : 321m)
Dog leg right par 4. Bunker at the 150m marker on the left. Water left all the way from tee to green.
Aim your tee shots left of the right bunker and you will have a view into the green. From the fairway bunker, the fairway goes uphill to the green. There is another bunker on the left about 50m to the front of the green. If you slice your tee shot, tress lining the fairway will block your approach into the green unless you can hit high and long.
Green is protected by bunkers on both the left and right side of the long straight green. Slope of green is upward from front to back. Relatively easy 2 putts if you are on the green as the breaks are relative easy to read.
Hole 4 – Par 3 (blue : 149m, white : 133m, red : 121m)
One of the shorter par 3. Similar set up as per the earlier par 3 with water just in front of the tee boxes but generally not in play. Water on the left all the way to the green.
Green is similar shape as the 2nd hole par 3 but smaller. The green slopes from right to left severely though and is protected by bunkers all round but is generally easy to get out from them.
Hole 5 – Par 4 (blue : 402m, white : 364m, red : 340m)
One of the longer par 4. Dog leg left and fairway flat most of the way till after the 100m marker where it will goes uphill.
Most golfers normally go for 3 on for this hole unless you are a long hitter. Bunker on the left at around 150m marker which comes into play for long hitters. Most players aim right of the bunker where there will be a line into the green without about 200m to the green. Depending on club selection, most would lay up to around the 100m marker and use a wedge or short iron into the elevated green.
Green is only protected by one bunker on the front right side The green slope upwards from front to the back. Again, breaks are easy to read except if the pin is near the right middle of the green.
Hole 6 – Par 5 (blue : 437m, white : 414m, red : 388m)
Short par 5 but water runs across the fairway about 250m from the blue tee. There is a right side bunker about 200m from the blue tee and water on the right around the same distance. Tee boxes are elevated and the fairway slopes from the fairway bunker to the water. If you hook or draw, the ball, likely to find water. So a straight tee shot is necessary here. Long hitter usually use a 3/5 wood or long iron to lay up before water.
For long hitters who are able to hit the ball just before water, they are about 180ms to green and a 3 wood would make it reachable in 2. If not, most would hit the 2nd shot to lay up around the 100m marker and use a short iron/wedge into the green. Water in play on the left side of the fairway if you slice, There is also a long bunker after the 100m marker which comes into play also on the right.
Green is protected by a deep bunker on the left and a shallow bunker on the right. The green is slightly undulating and slope away to the left. The green is something like a dog leg left shape and if your ball lands on the wrongs side of the green, you may need 3 putts. Breaks are slightly severe here.
Hole 7 – Par 4 (blue : 354m, white : 328m, red : 298m)
Straight par 4 that goes uphill and then downhill. Water just in front of the tee boxes but not in play.
Bunkers on both left and right of the fairway at around 150m marker. So tee shots have to be accurate. Short hitters will normally land just be the bunkers. Once there, it is normally a mid iron into the green. If you overshoot the green, the ball goes swimming.
Green is protected by a long bunker on the left running the whole length of the green and another slightly deep bunker on the right. Once on, it is a straight forward 2 putts region depending on pin position.
Hole 8 – Par 4 (blue : 333m, white : 294m, red : 235m)
Straight short par 4 but water cut across the fairway at around 150m from the blue tee. You need about 180m to clear. Water runs along the whole hole on the left and comes into play if you hook your ball. There is a left bunker at the 100m marker to catch the long hitters.
2nd shot would be a short iron or wedge into the diagonally green. Green is protected by one deep bunker on the front right and a shallow one on the left. The green is relatively level and should be an easy 2 putts if on.
Hole 9 – Par 5 (blue 460m, white : 404m, red : 354m)
Straight par 5 that is relatively short. However like the previous hole, water cut across the fairway and you need about 180m carry to cross the water from blue tee. There is a bunker on the right that will catch the long hitters. Most long hitters will hit to the left of the bunker while the shorthitters will either just try to clear the water or lay up before the water. (note, the red tees are just about 40m from the water and the fairway slopes into the water from the red tee).
Once clear of the water, there is a bunker near the 100m on the left to catch those who lay up to that region from the 2nd shot.
The green is elevated and the fairway starts going up from the 100m marker. There is a fairway bunker about 30m in front of the green to catch those who plays off white and try to go for 2 on (or the long hitters as well).
Green is long and slope down from front to back. It is protected by 2 shallow bunkers on both the left and right side of the green.
Aranda – Par 36 (blue : 3125m, white : 2861m, red : 2678m)
Hole 1 – Par 4 (blue : 369m, white : 335m, red : 303m)
Straight par 4 that will turn slightly to the right towards the end. Right is OB. Fairway slopes from right to left and thus better to aim right and the slope will catch it to the left of the fairway. There is a bunker on the left about 130m from the green to catch the long hitters. Most players will hit to around the 150m marker and use either a middle iron/hybrid or wood into the green.
Green is protected by shallow bunkers on the front right and right of green. Green slopes from the back to the front. However, if you overshoot the green, there is a severe slope and it will be a tricky chip back onto the green. Breaks here especially at the bad is pretty severe.
Hole 2 – Par 3 (blue : 204m, white : 186m, red : 169m)
Longest par 3 in OCC. Tee off at elevated tee box and it goes downhill all the way. Right side is hazard. Mostly club selection ranges from 3 iron to 5 woods to 3 woods and even driver depending on pin location.
Green is long, diagonal, going uphill from front of the green to the back and is fairly undulating and breaks not esay to read. It is also protected by 6 bunkers all round the green. I have seen a number of players 4 to 5 putts.
Hole 3 – Par 4 (blue 379, white: 359m, red : 339m)
Straight par 4. Water in front of tee boxes that will need about 140m to clear from blue tee. Bunker on the right of fairway to catch the short hitters which is about 180 from the green. OB also on the right. For the long hitters, there is a bunker on the right at about 150m. The hole runs uphill till the 150m and then slopes down to the green.
Fairway is also like a ravine and if you have a slight draw or fade drive, it will roll back down onto the fairway.
Another fairway bunker about 60m from the green for those that chose to layout. Green is protected by 2 bunkers on the left and if you overshoot, the ball goes swimming at the back. Green is longish and slope up from the front to the middle of the green and then slope severely down to the back. Breaks although appears severe is not as much as you think it is.
Hole 4 – Par 5 (blue : 428m, white : 392m, red : 377m)
Short par 5 with a traffic light as the fairway slopes up from the tee box and then slopes down to a water pond on the right. The green is on the right of the pond.
Most long hitters can get 2 on this hole. Again, the fairway is like a ravine (similar to the previous hole) though the right is OB as well. 2 bunkers on the right of the fairway. Most of the long hitters will play left of these bunkers and let the ball roll down towards the water edge. From there, it will be a mid iron to the green.
For the short hitters, will hit to around the 200m marker and then use a mid iron to cross the pond or they can use the longer way and hit left so that the pond will not be in play but a bunker on the left side of the fairway will be in play.
For the 3rd shot in, it will be a short iron into an extremely undulating green that slopes from left to right steeply. 3 – 4 putts are common on this green. The green is protected by a bunker on the left (shallow) and severe slope and deep bunker on the left. Advisable to approach the green from the left and thus avoid the deep bunker and slope on the right). If you land on the bunker on the left, it would be better to putt out from there. The breaks here are terrible to read.
Hole 5 – Par 4 (blue : 399m, white : 353m, red : 325m)
One of the longer par 4. Straight but from the tee boxes, the fairway slopes uphill till around the 150m marker before it slopes down to the green. Right side of the fairway is Yishun road, so if your tee shot slices very badly, you will hear cars braking very hard.
Fairway is relatively narrow. Waste bunker ran along the whole length of the fairway on the right and beyond that is the main road. There is also a big waste bunker on just after the red tee on the left. Usually not in play. Also there is a fairway bunker on the left, just before the 150m marker. This bunker is in play for mid to long hitter.
2nd shot in is usually a mid iron for the long hitters to fairway wood or hybrid into a slightly long flat green. The green is protected by bunker front right and back left. These bunkers are shallow and you can use putters to putt out if nearer to the green.
Green is relatively flat and normally an easy 2 putts.
Hole 6 – Par 3 (blue : 146m, white : 122m, red : 103m)
Narrow par 3 with water on the right all the way from tee to green and long bunker running all the way left of the green. Green slopes up from the front to the middle and then slopes down to the back. Depending on wind direction, club selections ranges from 9i to 5w.
Hole 7 – Par 5 (blue : 480m, white : 442m, red : 408m)
Straight par 5. Water run across the tee boxes about 80m from the blue tees. This is not in play generally. After the water, the fairway slopes upwards and there is a bunker on the left around 200 - 200m. Water runs the length from tee to green. Ideal to aim right of the bunker and short hitters will either land just before or around the bunker level. Longer hitter will go further.
For 2nd shots, you can use a longer wood to clear the 2nd waterway (about 180m to 200m). However, there is also a bunker on the right that catches wayward shots after the water or if you slice, then ball goes swimming. Alternatively, use a 8i/9i to lay up before the water. The fairway there slopes down from left to right into the water.
3rd shot into the green is around 150m just before the water and the green. There is no bunker around the green but the green is very undulating and small (kidney shape). It slopes up from the left to the centre and then slopes severely down to the right. Breaks are very very severe on this green.
Hole 8 – Par 4 (blue : 330m, white : 301m, red : 281m)
Left curving par 4 where the left side is higher than the right. Therefore, aim left and let the slope bring the ball back onto the centre or right centre of the fairway. Extreme right side is water but before that, there is a minor mangrove area to watch out for too. There is a bunker on the right of the fairway just before the 100m marker that will catches the balls that roll down too much or you hit in that direction.
2nd shot would be a mid (if you use a wood to tee off). short iron or wedge into an sloping green (from upward from front to the back). Green is protected by bunker in front and water on the right. Usually players will attack from the left side of the green.
Green is relative straight forward with no much hidden break.
Hole 9 – Par 4 (blue 390m, white : 371m, red : 352m)
Straight long par 4. There are 3 bunkers on the right of the fairway from 150m onwards from the blue tee. Despite the big fairway, the bunkers are strong ball magnets. Most players will try to bomb there drives here as there are no OB markers.
Depending on landing area, the long hitters can get regulation on with a long hybrid or wood. Most others will lay up as there is a horizontal bunker protecting the front of the green. Ideally, to lay out, is to hit to around 70m – 100m area and uses a wedge into the green.
The green is very undulating and slope upwards from front to back right. In addition to the front bunker, there is also a bunker on the front left and back right. There are multiple breaks on the green and it is not uncommon to see 3 putts in this finishing hole.