Day two and it's an early start and after a late night session my heads a little foggy, but nothing a few looseners on the practice range can’t fix. As I pull up I am beckoned to the tee, it's not the gradual build up I was hoping for but I smash one down there but catch one of the fairway bunkers on the right, just on the corner of this dogleg right, 523-yard, par 5 opener.
But when I get down there it's a bunker that doesn’t have two much of a lip and I am able to put my hybrid recovery into a good position and wedge in and make the putt for birdie – maybe a shed load of beer topped off with some very large Havana Rums & Coke is good for your golf game!
The second is a great hole especially from the back tee, and the par 5, 527-yard 3rd just keeps the good holes coming. The tee shot on the 5th is played over water, you then play to a green that has water front and left, with that side of the green contouring down to the water so unlike me make sure you KEEP right!!
The par 3, 7th can play anything from an 9-iron to a 3-iron, it plays uphill to a green that measures nearly 50-yards deep. The back nine gets off to a great start with a dogleg right. The two par 3s on the back nine especially from the back tees are both good holes and the par 5 17th that can play nearly 700-yards from the very back tee, it's certainly worth the walk to go and have a look. Only the longest of hitters are even making the fairway, but it's a great looking hole from back there.
The 18th gives you a great chance to finish your round with a birdie, that's if you manage to thread your ball though the fairway bunkers left and right you will only leave yourself a short iron in.
Those who belong to Royal clubs will have already noticed the “The” in front of Royal, I did enquire about the “Royal” monica and was told that the coat of arms was granted to the club by the Governor General. The “Royal” monica can only truly be bestowed on a club by a member of the Royal Family itself, but it maybe worth asking if your reciprocal agreement stands here, I am sure they would like the idea of you playing here anyway. It’s not a course I would say you have to go out of your way to play, but it's a course you will enjoy and certainly worth playing if you are in the area.
Top is the Par 5, 3rd hole and above is the par 4, 18th which offers a great birdie chance
Water surrounding the 5th Second shot at the 12th The uphill 9th green