The first four holes at Royal Jersey are my favourite starting holes on the Island, as they run alongside the beach. You have Gorey castle in the distance, and on a beautiful day, there’s no better place to start your round. However, they’re also tough holes so you need to pay attention. The 1st hole is a par 5 which is reachable depending on the wind direction. I would always advise keeping your shots down the left side the whole way down this hole, as the beach does come into play here. There are also two German bunkers that can come into play. The 2nd hole is a simple par 3 with a big green so play your shot safe and aim for the middle of the green. The 3rd hole is another par 5 and the tee shot is somewhat blind, so the key here is to aim over the white stone on top of the hill. The 7th hole is one of the toughest on the course and requires you to take your medicine. The landing area for the tee shot is very tight so I suggest you hit a club you feel most comfortable with. The approach shot is to an elevated green with a steep run down if you don’t make it to the green so take an extra club.
Royal Jersey Golf Club
The Royal Jersey is a traditional links-style course with tight and firm fairways. You’ll enjoy the history and spectacular views of Gorey castle and the beach. The course is relatively short, but can be feisty in places. I would suggest only playing here if you play golf fairly regularly. As a visiting golfer, I would avoid Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, but it doesn’t matter what time of day you play, the view is always breathtaking.
If you’re wanting to play Royal Jersey, you’ll need to have a 24 handicap for men or a 30 handicap for women. You are welcome to play between 10 am-12 pm and 2 pm-4 pm on weekdays, and after 2.30 pm on weekends and bank holidays. If you don’t bring clubs with you, you’ll be able to hire clubs and a trolley.
The Royal Jersey has a small, but great pro shop, with everything you could need for your round. It has all the latest clothing and shoes needed for the current season.
The dress code at the Royal Jersey is very traditional, with golf shoes required on the course, and a no denim or tracksuit policy. Shirts must be collared and tucked in. You will need dress shoes to go inside the clubhouse and there is also a no hat policy upstairs.