The famous Jockey Club was designed by the doyen of golf course architects, Dr Alister McKenzie ( Augusta National, Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne).
The Jockey Club is one of THE great clubs in the world with a horse racing track akin to the biggest in the USA, plus polo, swimming, a dining club in the city- oh, and 36 holes of golf designed by Dr McKenzie!
It’s pretty exclusive, with a who’s who of members- and is difficult to gain access for a game.
The clubhouse is amazing, and the course is a giant jigsaw puzzle waiting for the golfer to put their strategy together. It is a flat treed piece of land, and pretty enough- but the dead flat terrain gave the designer nothing at all to work with.
All the way around I felt I was battling the good doctor himself: working out how to get my angles right!
Miss in the wrong spot and par was only a forlorn hope...
There are two courses at The Jockey Club- the Red and the Blue.
We played the Red course and it played firm & fast and thus short, but the the angles of the greens, and fairway bunkering challenged all from scoring like they felt they should!
Notable holes include:
hole 2- a shortish par 4 with a very large tree encroaching on the fairway on the right hand side, and fairway mounding further up on the left. The ideal tee shot fades around the tree to leave a decent approach to an angled green protected by a large triangular bunker short
hole 10- a short par 5 that although almost straight should be played by most as a double dog leg. A large bunker dominates play on the right side from the tee, and a tree the left. For most the safe play would be a 3 wood to the right off the tee, followed by a rescue up the left side and then a short iron to one of the most fascinating and dramatic green complexes anywhere..
hole 16- a medium length par 4 with no bunkering, but an angled green surrounded by large mounding which needs no further defence.
hole 17 is the signature hole, a par 3 with an elevated green angled from right to left and protected by two bunkers on the left side. It takes a well struck ball to hit and hold this green..
The Jockey Club is not a striking course visually, but if you like to think your way around a course you will enjoy acquainting yourself with Dr McKenzie's wonderful strategic design. I really enjoyed the experience.
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