On Par Ely
On Par has a short but cunningly designed nine hole golf course with a fiendishly challenging layout. Each hole is set inside sloping boundaries that make you feel that you could be playing by yourselves with no other golfers in sight.
Take on the ponds at your peril and beware of the out of bounds to the left bordering the driving range.
The next hole is a dogleg left unless you take the direct route over the poplar trees but be wary of the pond.
A slight dogleg left unless one is tempted to take the direct route over the rise.
The last and longest of the par four holes.
A testing par three with a bunker guarding the approach to the green.
One then climbs to the top of the bank to survey the superb panorama in front of Little Downham and the surrounding countryside.
From the back tree one can only see the left hand side bunker of the two that gate post the green.
Another climb to the top of the bank will then reveal the ship of the fens, Ely Cathedral.
The final hole can bring joy or despair, a pond waits to swallow any ball falling short of the green