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 angles of the greens, and placement of 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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