The River Course fuses both length and difficulty with water coming into play on many holes. The course has 3 par 5s, the 2nd being rather special. The Par 4 7th is a great test, having a narrow landing area and extensive bunkering close to the green. The short Par 4 8th can yield a birdie or indeed a double bogey if one is too ambitious. The Par 3 9th with water lurking short, front and left of the green is a most beautiful and difficult finishing hole.
Mens 144m,138m Par 3 Index 10.
Ladies 123m Par 3 Index 12.
This is a good starting hole for all levels of play. Usually requiring a mid iron to a shallow well guarded split level green.
Watch out for the stream on the right and the bunker to the front.
Mens 518/504m Par 5 Index 2.
Ladies 432m Par 5 Index 2.
A superb par 5, that normally plays into the prevailing wind. Course management is important here. The tee shot should be kept well to the left to avoid the bunkers on the right. Very seldom reachable in two, a slick front sloping green is well guarded by bunkers and water.
A good drive allows you choose to lay up short or either side of a split fairway. It is probably best to lay up short leaving a 6 or 7 iron approach.
Mens 372/361m Par 4 Index 12.
Ladies 310m Par 4 Index 10.
A gentle dogleg to the right, there is water and out of bounds all the way along the left hand side and bunkers along the right. This hole again usually plays into the prevailing wind.
The hole requires an accurate tee shot to set up a low to mid iron approach to a generous green.
Should yield its share of birdies but beware of the stream that runs left and behind the green.
Play to the right side of the green for the “members bounce”.
Mens 507/497m Par 5 Index 6.
Ladies 419m Par 5 Index 4.
Off the tee there is out of bounds on the left and trees on the right guarding a relatively narrow landing area.
You might consider playing your second shot first. A long iron tee shot followed by fairway metal will set up a mid-iron approach to a two-tiered sloping green that is well protected by bunkers to the front and on both sides.
Pay particular attention to your approach shot as there are many difficult pin positions on the green.
Mens 454/446m Par 5 Index 14.
Ladies 381m Par 5 Index 10.
Keep the drive straight and you may have a chance of getting home in two, but be aware of the river in front of the green.
Again, it is probably better to lay up short leaving a wedge for your third shot to a difficult sloping green.
Mens 153/144m Par 3 Index 16.
Ladies 121m Par 3 Index 18.
This par 3 provides a welcome contrast after the previous par 5s.
The shot requires a low to mid iron to a generous green where most of the trouble is by way of bunkering to the front and left.
A positive approach shot with a mid to low iron will avoid the bunkers and provide you with a genuine birdie possibility.
Mens 395/388m Par 4 Index 4.
Ladies 316m Par 4 Index 8.
This is a great par 4, requiring both length and accuracy off the tee box to avoid the bunkers to the left and the water hazard on the right.
Off our new teebox, a good straight drive or one with a touch of draw will leave a long iron approach to a well bunkered green.
Avoid the sand and you should have a birdie chance.
Mens 292/286m Par 4 Index 18.
Ladies 236m Par 4 Index 14.
A short par 4, you must carry the stream and avoid the lake and bunkers on the left side with your tee shot. Also watch out for a hidden bunker to the right.
Big hitters can get close to or reach this green from the tee-box. However the green is extensively bunkered on all sides.
My advice is to use a long iron or fairway wood to the plateau in the middle of the fairway. This leaves a short iron or wedge to the green.
Mens 150/141m Par 3 Index 12.
Ladies 119m Par 3 Index 16.
This is a superb mid range par 3 with breeze generally coming off the left hand side.
An accurate shot will offer a birdie opportunity on a very tricky green. But a par is a perfectly respectable score.
Make sure you hit it flush to avoid the lake both front and left.