Course Tour

Hole 1

A great chance to start the round of well! A drive down the right of the fairway will set up either an easy lay up to the corner of the dogleg allowing a short pitch into a raised but relatively flat green or the opportunity for the longer hitters to take the corner on and reach the green in two. The green is raised and has a deep bunker to the front left which will catch any misdirected shots.

Rodger Davis, 1988 Bicentennial Classic Champion

Hole 2

Ranked as the easiest hole on the course the short par 3 2nd is not one to be taken lightly, water surrounds the green on the left and the whole way around the back of the green any shot long or left will find a watery grave. Bunkers short and right of the green will catch any shot to the right. The green is large and undulating with many different slopes, a par is a good score on this hole!

Terry Price, 2004 New Zealand Open Champion

Hole 3

A short par 4 dogleg left with water the entire way up the left hand side of the fairway . A long iron or fairway wood off the tee is the play up the right hand side of the fairway to avoid the water, don’t go too long as there is a deep bunker through the fairway ready to catch the drive. The 2nd shot is usually a mid to short iron into a very small raised green with bunkers both short left and right. A very demanding hole from tee to green.

Mike Harwood, 1991 British Open Runner Up

Hole 4

Hole 4 is a long straight par 4 with hazard and out of bounds down the right side of the fairway, a good drive down the left side of the fairway will set up a mid to long iron into a small green which slopes from back to front.

Larry Canning, Prominent Australian and Asian Tour Player

Hole 5

A tough par 4, no real danger off the tee. A good shot will set up a mid to long iron approach to a raised green surrounded by deep bunkers just waiting for your ball. The green itself is very undulating and a two putt is no easy task!

Rodger Davis, 1988 Bicentennial Classic Champion

Hole 6

A straight hole where a good drive off the tee will allow long hitters to attack the narrow green in two. Shorter hitters needing to lay up may face some trouble with thick trees lining both sides of the fairway. The green is narrow and protected by bunkers, this hole is a great opportunity to get a shot back from the course.

Terry Price, 2004 New Zealand Open Champion

Hole 7

A very tight par 4 with fairway bunkers waiting to catch your tee shot! A tee shot short of these is crucial to set up an attacking 2nd shot into the green. The green is wide but not very deep and with water behind the green club selection is crucial, the green itself slopes from right to left and is deceptively quick.

Mike Harwood, 1991 British Runner Up

Hole 8

A mid length par 3 to a flat green with a large bunker and water guarding the right hand side. The green is relatively flat and presents another opportunity to make a good score.

Larry Canning, Prominent Australian and Asian Tour Player

Hole 9

The 9th hole is a long par 4 slightly up hill towards a green which slopes from back to front. The tee shot requires accuracy as the fairway is very narrow, the 2nd shot is slightly up hill with a mid to long iron, a par on this hole is a great way to end the outward nine holes.

Mike Harwood, 1991 British Runner Up

Hole 10

Regarded by some as the toughest par 3 on the course. The 10th hole can play up to 177 metres long over water with bunkers short of the green. A high long iron is the only way to make the green in one shot, which is why this hole can make or break your round.

Terry Price, 2004 New Zealand Open Champion

Hole 11

The tee shot on the 11th is relatively simple with a very generous fairway. The fairway does however narrow at the corner of the dogleg and the second shot is played uphill with a mid to long iron into a fairly flat green. The green does have a false front so it is essential that you get your shot past this otherwise the ball will feed back down to the fairway.

Rodger Davis, 1988 Bicentennial Classic Champion

Hole 12

Another tough par 3. A mid to long iron is needed to find the putting surface on this hole. There is no room to run a shot onto the tiny green that is surrounded by deep bunkers. Three is a great score!

Mike Harwood, 1991 British Runner Up

Hole 13

A long par 4 with a generous landing area off the tee this hole is certainly a birdie opportunity A large undulating green awaits the golfer and with an accurate second shot a good score is certainly on the cards here!

Larry Canning, Prominent Australian and Asian Tour Player

Hole 14

Richmond’s signature hole! An extremely difficult hole with water both sides of the fairway. The play is to position a driver or 3 wood straight up the fairway not even flirting with the corner of the dogleg. This will set up a long 2nd shot over water to a green that slopes severely from back to front. There is a layup area to the left of the green for those who don’t want to attempt the water carry but beware out of bound lurks just behind this area as does a large bunker, if you can make par on this hole you should consider that a victory.

Terry Price, 2004 New Zealand Open Champion

Hole 15

Richmond’s most daunting hole! Its 164 metres of water carry!!! Players can bail out to the left if they wish but must avoid the bunkers that will catch any ball that is slightly off target. If you can negotiate a par here you have done well.

Mike Harwood, 1991 British Runner Up

Hole 16

A par 5 with a downhill blind tee shot to a wide fairway. Long hitters can reach this green with a good 2nd shot but must avoid the fairway bunker short left. The green is narrow with some big swales to the left but this hole is a great way to make up some shots after coming off the tough 14th and 15th holes!

Rodger Davis, 1988 Bicentennial Classic Champion

Hole 17

A short, extremely tight hole with a small hazard that runs through the fairway. A layup short of this is ideal, this will allow you to attack a well-protected bunkered green. This is a great opportunity to make a birdie.

Larry Canning, Prominent Australian and Asian Tour Player

Hole 18

The shortest par 4 on the course to finish, big hitters can take the green on but be careful as there is out of bounds the whole way up the left side of the fairway and green, most players opt for a simple lay up off the tee which will leave a short wedge into a green sloped back to front and surrounded by bunkers. A great closing hole that offers great reward if you are willing to take the risk!

Mike Harwood, 1991 British Runner Up
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