This course features water heavily and it impacts visually and practically on a number of the holes. A conservative strategic approach would definitely pay dividends. The Course proved to be a great test when hosting the PGA 2018 Fourball championship the greens were in excellent order.
Front 9 Highlights
4th Hole, Par 4, 404 Yards. Bunkers and a lateral ditch bisect the landing area for most golfers making this an interesting challenge off the tee. A carry of 253 yards is required to avoid the water but a bunker lays strategically right to catch a slightly miss-hit shorter ball. A ditch boundaries the entire left side with bunkers protecting the green complex short right and left.
6th Hole, Par 4, 424 Yards. Another interesting hole with bunkers placed opposite each other from 200 to 220 yards providing a clear pinch point for any slightly miss-hit drive. Lay up short and most golfers will fail to have the firepower to reach a very small and incredibly well protected green complex. A par achieved here is a good score.
Back 9 Highlights
10th Hole, Par 4, 364 Yards. This is relatively open off the tee encouraging the use of a driver. However, this then brings in a host of challenges as again the green is a very small one surrounded by water on all sides.
13th Hole, Par 4, 422 Yards. This is a nicely framed hole by hedgerows and trees. No water is visible but it still requires a steady tee shot as the fairway around the standard landing area is very pinched and protected by bunkers on either side. The green is protected short with swales and banking to the rear.
17th Hole, Par 3, 219 Yards. A very challenging par 3 given the distance and the green protected by water to right, left and centre. A bunker patrols back left. This isn’t an easy lay-up hole either given a range of trees to the right of the fairway that would prevent easy access to the green. This is a card wrecker!
18th Hole, Par 5, 486 Yards. This is an interesting hole. Please take note of the warning signage on the tee. The 18th on the Woods Course run parallel and the layouts have been swopped to meet the needs of professional tournaments that required the final green to have the greatest viewing gallery possible. This is a knee trembler of a golf hole given that there are usually galleries of previous societies gathered and drinking on the large patio area. The tee shot needs to be accurate to have any chance of an approach with the second shot to a very small and tight green well protected by water to the front and sides.
This is an excellent society venue. the infrastructure can easily cope with the level of golfer , Highly Recommended.