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.
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.
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 bunker on the right. Very seldom reachable in two, a slick front sloping green is well guarded by bunkers and out of bounds left. A good drive allows you choose to lay up short or either side of a split fairway. It is probably best to lay up leaving a short iron approach.
A gentle dogleg to the right, there is water and out of bounds all the way along the left hand side of the hole and behind the green. The hole requires an accurate tee shot to set up a low to mid iron approach to a generous green. Play to the right side of the green for the “members bounce”.
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 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 this
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 both to the front and left side.
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.
This is a great par 4, requiring both length and accuracy off the tee box to avoid both hazards and
bunkers to the left and right of the fairway. Off our new tee box, 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.
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.
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 beautifully protected by water. Par is a respectable score.