No rest for the wicked and I am straight off the 18th on the North course and teeing it up on the 1st on the South. Standing on the back tee there is water running down the right and a bunker on the left that is perfectly placed in the landing area and at 430-yards I already feel this could be the tougher of the two courses. I make the fairway and play my ball into the middle of the green and watch as it starts to roll back down the green that turns out to run from back to front.
Like the North course the 2nd here is also a par 3, but this is no gentle short hole with water down the right and weighing in at 215-yards it is a tough little hole and I am already glad that I warmed up by playing the North course.
The 504-yard hole par 5 4th hole has water to the right of the landing area ready to accept any wayward drives and then there is a little stream that runs up the right hand side of the fairway and feeds into a wide pond in front of the green making for a great risk and reward hole.
The back nine comes to a close with a dogleg left par 5 measuring in at 550-yards and offers you a great chance to go into the back nine with a birdie.
The back nine opens up with another dogleg left with bunkers left and right. The 11th has water down the left and then from the landing zone you then have a decision to make. Do you go risk & reward and aim at the flag fly the water that protects the green or lay up and go for a chip and putt?
I elect to fly the water, there is a bank behind the green so don't be afraid to go long as the chances are the ball will come back down the bank onto the green.
I don’t want to pick out any of the other holes as I feel the 11th starts a great run of well-designed and challenging holes where water comes into play on all but the 13th and 14th holes. The 18th has water both sides of the fairway and the green is surrounded by four big bunkers making it look like a green jewel in a desert from the fairway and at 494-yards it is all risk and reward and a fitting finale to a great golf course.
Top: Side view of the 5th green and bunker. Above: Looking back down the 11th hole
Stream at the 4th holeView of the South CourseWater protecting the 16th
Above A perfect finale, the risk & reward 18th surrounded by bunkers and a ravine