Gloria Old is a tight pine-tree lined golf course with a dramatic opening trio of holes
Gloria Old was the first course at Gloria. It opened in 1996. In those days it was not Gloria Old, of course. It only became so when a new course, named Gloria New (spot a theme?) came into existence.
This new course involved re-jigging the order of the holes at Gloria Old as the clubhouse was moved so as to be able to serve both courses.
The result is what was a testing and dramatic closing stretch has now become the first three holes of Gloria Old. This is a most daunting trio to start off with.
The 1st is a left-turning dogleg with a carry over water to the green. It is a par 5, but longer hitters have a two-shot route to the green made tricky by three pine trees standing between edge of fairway and lake.
The 2nd is longish par 3 with a compulsory carry over water of 175 yards. A greenside bunker to the right of the putting surface ramps up the challenge further.
This hole is stroke index 15. It is at this point you realise that stroke index was designed for use in matchplay, not a strict ordering of how hard the holes are.
The 3rd is a long par 4 which curves between avenues of pine trees.
The course is pine-tree lined and tight holes abound throughout the round, particularly the par-4 6th and par-5 17th.
The 7th is another par 3 over water but it does have a bail out.
The par-3 10th is a bizarre hole in that it does not fit the pattern elsewhere at this course. It is a flat par 3 of 154 yards at is maximum and 140 from the yellow tees. There is nothing between tee and green, although bunkers flank the green. But few of pour party played this hole well.
The rejjgging of the holes has left another fairly mundane par 3 as the closing hole. The course has five par 3 and five par 5s, and the 14th is an attractive par 3 over water with plenty of dry land between lake and green.
Gloria Old and Gloria New are priced the same and equally popular.