1st green protected on the rightWater at the par 3 2nd holeDon't go to far right at the 12th
I did say this track was great for warming up and I should put that comment in context: this is a tight tree-lined course with fast greens and no pushover – it will test every part of your game. My one criticism would be those times that you have to cross other fairways to get to your tee. I’ can’t be certain about the original layout of this Robert Trent Jones Snr venue, but because of the new hotels additions I think the course may have been periodically re-routed. This is a minor criticism but one you should be aware of.
There are four teeing options and you can choose to play from between 6,420 and 5,203 yards. The course eases you in with a gentle start – the opening hole of 539 yards has a fairly wide landing area and you can go for the green in two. But this is where the course can bite you as the raised green is surrounded by trees and has a deep bunker protecting it on the left which leaves you about 15 yards of opening to aim at. I’d suggest hitting it down the right -and side, setting up a wedge-in and giving you a safe par and a shot at a birdie start.
The second is a short par-3 with water on the left and two deep bunkers on the right. I should state here that all the par-3s on this course are great hole, especially the 5th over water to another raised green surrounded by bunkers. Actually when I say all of them, maybe not the 14th. You play over a ravine with the wind whipping in off the Atlantic from your left to a green that probably measures no more than 15 yards from front to back and 35 yards wide. ‘Testing’ is a term you could use. ‘Card-wrecker’ could be another!
I do feel the back nine is stronger than the front nine, not only thanks to the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean but also the tight landing areas and, especially from the back tees, I just love that sound of the contact between a driver and the ball at impact and the way it echoes around the trees here. It's a course I am sure you’re going to enjoy. It will set you up nicely for the rest of the trip.