The course is a little under 25 years old and in that time has matured into a well developed 6880 yard par 72 with a range of outstanding features, including practice greens, chipping areas, range and a very impressive Clubhouse.
You know that you are at a top class golf course when you have to book in at reception, rather than the pro shop! The staff on reception were extremely accommodating in moving our tee time to a bit later (out fault for spending too long having breakfast) and a little bit of friendly banter made us leave reception with a good impression.
As we picked up our scorecards we were also presented with a pile of freshly printed pin position cards, and I don’t just meant front, middle or back or even segments but actual yardage from front to back and left to right, another impressive features.
Now with a slightly later tee time we were able to take advantage and have a look around the pro shop. A well stocked shop with high quality clothing and equipment that adds to the atmosphere. As we left the pro shop being told that “the greens are only in excellent condition today instead of the normal exceptional condition” made us all stare at one another in anticipation.
Four full bellies wasn’t going to be the ideal way to start the round, so a little visit to the range was in order. A nice range with a variety of targets at good distances to get our long and short clubs ready for the challenge ahead. A visit to the chipping area and putting green on the way to the 1st tee gave us a taster of what was to come.
As we stood on the 1st tee we all knew we were in for a good day. We stared with the 505 yard par 5, a lake to the right to consider as the hole slightly dog legs right with two large greenside bunkers protecting the green, it’s a good starting hole and if you play it well can get you off to a flyer and put yourself on the front foot.
As you make your way out the 2nd is a good par 4 of 375 yards and bunkers to both sides of the fairway are driver distance. Hole 3, sees the first of the par 3’s and what a fine looking par 3 it is! Little room to the left and a range of low level greenside bunkers make it a challenging hole. A 447 yard par 4 is the next challenge and with a good tee shot you would think it’s a good chance of making birdie but no, its stroke index 3 for a reason.
The 5th is the second par 5 of the round, measuring 482 yards and provides a really good opportunity to make a 3 pointer. Next you will be faced with a short par 4 and if you can make back-to-back birdies, it won’t be long until you’re singing like one as well. The 7th is a clever, well-designed hole with two parallel water hazards creating a landing zone that’s missed at your peril, never the less we found out why this is S.I. 1.
As you approach the turn you face the most tempting tee shot you will ever see, a 363 yard 90 degree dog leg left that’s over water. With the wind strong behind the tee shot is just begging to be hit but beware if you clear the hazard there are bunkers waiting for you.
The final hole on the front 9 sees you face a beautiful looking, 165 yard par 3 wit
h the green surrounded by bunkers, not to mention a tee shot that you need to clear a small stream and go through a shoot of tees, so not much to think about!
The start of the back 9, you’ll face a solid par 4 but with a good tee shot it will set you up with a good 8-iron into the green. The 11th hole, a par 5 just over 500 yards, see’s bunkers down the left hand side but miss them and you’ll have another good chance of making 3 points. Holes 12 and 13 see a pair of challenging par 4’s of 429 and 448 yards and if you walk away with 2 pars here, you’ll have a little extra spring in your step.
The final 5 holes, see’s two par 3’s sandwich, a 382 yard par 4, that has more bunkers around the turn to the dog leg that I have ever seen before. The 17th is a tough 470 yard, par 4 that is stroke index 2, so a good score here sets you up perfectly for the 18th. The final hole is the longest on the course and with two good shots will see you attacking the green, that is surround by 3 bunkers and a water hazard, so a good thought provoking final shot at the end.
Overall an excellent day from start to finish at one of the best golf clubs we have experienced. A high number of large bunkers that are well placed to protect the immaculate greens is a real feature of the course. We would highly recommend the course and would love to go back in the summer to see how different a challenge the course would present.
Green Condition ★★★★★
Course Challenge ★★★★
Staff Service ★★★★★
Value for Money ★★★★★