Southbroom provides plenty of proof that a good golf course does not necessarily have to be a long one in terms of metres on the scorecard. The first six holes on the back nine add up to just 1 549 metres, or an average of 258 metres a hole, yet golfers of every description are tested to the full on each one of them. The uphill tenth (282m) has a long three-tiered green where you can easily go astray with your blind approach; the par-3 11th from its elevated tee has water guarding the green, as does the downhill 13th (311m). The 14th is a cracking long par-3 to a narrow green. The par-5s vary between 413 and 444 metres, yet such is the excellence of the design that they still demand a golfer’s full attention.