- Crowborough Common
The 2nd at Crowborough is a challenging and demanding hole, classified as Stroke Index 1 and arguably the hardest hole, maybe equal to the difficult 18th.
Bernard Darwin described it in 1926 in typically elegant prose;- “the 2nd hole - a recent creation - is, I think, the finest on the course. To begin with it is 450 yards long, so it is a good four merely on the score of length.
Then we must drive boldly, cutting off as big a chunk of heather as we dare or we shall not be within range. Even if we are within range we have a most formidable brassie shot to play across a deep gulley with all the ground breaking perceptibly from left to right, and some very serious trouble on the right. Altogether a tremendous hole.”
That more than adequately sums it up! With trees replacing heather on the corner of the dog-leg it seems nothing else has changed in over 80 years. Well, maybe just the brassie?