Holes 1 -3
A solid drive down the right of the fairway leaves one with a short iron onto a green sloping from back to front. Two careful putts and one should make par. A dead straight fairway flanked by an out-of-bounds fence on the left. Longer hitters, after carefully negotiating the fairway bunkers, should be left with a long iron onto a very thick green surrounded by bunkers. Stroke 1 for members, invariably facing into a stiff breeze from tee. The approach shot to the green is also made tricky by the slope toward the out-of-bounds on the left of the green.
Holes 4 -6
When the tee is set back, a camelthorn tree blocks the front of the tee, often forcing the less experienced player to push his tee shot into the desert-type rough on the right. Seasoned players drive down the right, leaving a medium iron shot to a large green protected by a bunker on the right and the “valley of sin” to the left and front of the green Probably the most difficult of the par 5s, a good drive to the fairway will leave the lower handicapper on top of the rise with a difficult decision, one that could either result in the ball plopping down on the green to leave him with an eagle putt, or a decision that could introduce him to the cool, clear waters of the dam.
Holes 7- 9
This par 4 is an extremely difficult hole. A narrow green surrounded by huge camelthorns requires an accurate approach, as a veritable forest of trees encroaches the green from the left and right. An elevated tee presents a misleadingly easy shot to the green. 3 strategically placed bunkers protect this tricky green, and many a player has walked off shaking his head at a missed opportunity to improve his score. A drive down the left of the fairway leaves a fairly easy eight or nine iron onto the green, albeit flirting with water. The dam always remains in play on this hole.
Holes 10 - 12
The drive has to find the fairway right of centre, as a stray shot to the left or right will leave the player severely punished. The elevated green is well protected by bunkers and trees and has some tricky slopes. This hole doglegs to the left and players of all calibres are left with a tempting line over the corner for the second. Spectacular camelthorn trees, strategically placed, demand an accurate approach to the green. The players finds him or herself on a surface sloping severely from back to front, and downhill putts are to be avoided at all costs. The longest of the par4s, this hole regularly proves the most difficult during competitions and needs a careful drive. The elevated green is flanked by two often-visited bunkers.
Holes 13 - 15
The longest of the par 3s, requires an accurate tee shot as no margin for error is tolerated to the left and right of the green, where dense stands of trees rise up from the surrounding desert vegetation. This elevated green slopes severely from back to front. The most difficult part is keeping your drive under the trees overhanging the tee box. The average drive down the hill, remembering to keep well left on the fairway, will leave the player with a short iron to the green, which is protected by traps to the front and right. Probably the easiest of the par 5s, this is the only hole on the course that has produced an albatross. Most low-handicap players will drive the dogleg and leave themselves an easy longish iron shot onto the green. This green surrounded by bunkers, also has many subtle undulations.
Holes 16 - 18
This is a stroke 2. After negotiating the odd tree to the left of the driving area the fairway narrows and is well protected, which severely punishes a poorly executed second shot. The small green can also present a problem. The easiest hole on the course requires that one does not veer off to the left where you will be stranded in the ‘mad house’ preventing any chip shot to the green, Your only option here would be to play a low rolling shot onto the green, hopefully missing the sandtrap. This beautiful finishing hole negotiates the water for the third time and has provided many a thrilling finish. A good drive down the middle will leave the lower handicapper with a medium to short-iron second shot, while the average golfer will have an agonizing choice to get past the water.