Jersey Golf Courses
Jersey offers a unique choice of golfing experiences in the most memorable of settings. From the adjoining La Moye Golf Course with its panoramic ocean vistas and Les Mielles in the heart of the island’s conservation area below The Atlantic to the historic Royal Jersey in the east, home of Harry Vardon, golf has never felt so exhilarating.
Getting to Jersey with golf clubs is pretty easy, albeit potentially a little expensive. Most airlines see clubs as a regular piece of luggage and you would just pay the same price as you would a suitcase, depending on the airline. It is always an option to bring half a set of clubs in order to save some space, and you can just put some of your clothes in your golf bag, to save on paying for a second piece of luggage. Playing with half a set of clubs is more than sufficient and actually something I like to do in practice occasionally, as it requires a little more creativity. So not only are you saving money, you’re improving your golf game at the same time!
However, most golf courses on the Island will be able to provide you with a hire set for a reasonable price, if you decide not to bring your own clubs for your trip to Jersey.
Olivia Jordan-Higgins Professional Golfer
I'm Olivia Jordan-Higgins, a 30-year-old professional golfer playing on the LPGA Symetra Tour, currently living in the United States. I was born in Jersey and lived there until I moved to South Carolina, USA in 2006 to study Kinesiology at Charleston Southern University, whilst playing on the women’s golf team. I have a lot of experience playing the courses in Jersey, and I hope my tips and tricks will help you have an enjoyable and successful time playing golf on the Island.
My golfing talents were discovered by Jersey teaching professional Andy Chamberlain, at the age of 13, when I did a taster session during the summer holidays at Les Ormes golf course with my younger sister. It took me a while to get into golf as I was playing a lot of other sports at the time, but eventually, I became hooked.
As a Junior, I won several Jersey and Channel Island Championships and held women’s course records on most of the courses in the Island. I was also part of the successful Hampshire County Team.
At 18, I went to University balancing my education with my golf – often finding myself in the gym at 5 am before classes! I joined the college team and made wonderful friends with the girls and boys I played with and against. University was an amazing experience for me and I learnt so much about myself and my golf game.
In my final year at University, I won the Big South Championship as an individual, and as a team. After graduating, I played on the amateur circuit in the UK and finished my Amateur career by winning the St Andrews Junior Ladies Championship on the Old Course at St Andrews.
Since turning professional in 2011, I have won 3 times on the LPGA Symetra Tour and had numerous top 10 finishes. I have been close to earning my LPGA card on quite a few occasions, with that goal still in my mind today. I have recently been inducted into the Charleston Southern University Hall of Fame, as one of the most decorated women’s golfers to play on the team.
Favourite 9 holes
With 6 great courses on the Island, I decided to put together a combination of 9 of my favourite holes.
I would definitely start with the 1st hole at the Royal Jersey. Starting my round with a par 5 along the beach, with Gorey Castle in the background, doesn’t get much better. I always like starting with a par 5 as it gives you a good chance to get your round started with a good score. My next hole would be the 9th hole at Les Ormes. A par 3 with an elevated tee where you have to carry the foliage in front of you. You won’t need much more than a 7 iron, which makes it manageable, but this hole always gets my attention. The 7th hole at La Moye is another great hole, as it requires some good course management by laying up off the tee. It also has some great views of St Ouen’s Beach. My fourth hole of choice would be the 2nd hole at La Moye, which is a dogleg par 5 with a bit of a risk-reward off the tee if you want to cut off some of the corner, and you’ll have a great view of The Atlantic Hotel as you walk over the hill towards the green. Next would be the 17th at Royal Jersey. This is a relatively long par 4, but the tee is slightly elevated and you get a good view of a lot of other holes on the course. Here you will aim straight at the Fort down the left side of the fairway. The green is elevated so be sure to take enough club. My next favorite hole is the reachable par 4 3rd hole at Les Mielles. This is a high risk-reward. You can lay up with an iron leaving yourself with a short approach shot, but where’s the fun in that? I always like to give it a go on this hole. My seventh favourite hole in Jersey would be the 1st hole at Les Ormes. The views are stunning and it’s always cool to be able to see the planes land on the runway close by. It’s a relatively straightforward par 4, but the views definitely make it worth playing. My penultimate hole would be the 4th hole at Royal Jersey. A nice par 3, with amazing views of the beach, Gorey Pier, and Gorey Castle. My only advice on this hole would be to aim at the front portion of the green as the ball tends to keep rolling towards the hole. And my final favourite hole in Jersey is the 16th at La Moye. Standing on that back tee with the views of St Ouen’s beach and the ocean is just breathtaking. You can see for miles and it is easy to forget where you are. I like this par 5 as it is not too tricky, you just need to avoid the bunkers. I always feel rewarded when I make a birdie on this hole.
» La Moye Golf Club Jersey
Enjoying a spectacular location alongside The Atlantic Hotel and providing stunning ocean views from every hole, La Moye is one of the world’s most beautiful links courses. The course dates back to 1902 and still boasts the occasional rocky outcrop on its fairways.
Par: 72 (gentlemen) 74 (ladies)
» Royal Golf Club Jersey
The historic Royal Jersey is situated on the east coast of the island and lies in 70 acres of rolling, sandy heathland above the spectacular Royal Bay of Grouville and dates back to 1878 when it was opened as a keyhole course. The course’s unique charm served as inspiration for golfing legend Harry Vardon, the only player to have won six Open Championships, and today’s golfers can pay homage to Vardon on the 12th fairway, where a commemorative plaque marks his birthplace.
Par: 70 (gentlemen) 71 (ladies)
» Les Mielles Golf Club Jersey
Set in the heart of St Ouen’s Bay, Les Mielles is a picturesque and challenging golf course.
Par: 70 (gentlemen), 71 (ladies)
» Les Ormes Golf Club Jersey
A 9 hole parkland course offering fantastic views over St Ouen’s Bay.
Par: 33 (gentlemen), 33 (ladies)
St Clements Golf and Sports Centre
A short 9 hole course on the outskirts of St Helier, ideal for families and beginners.
Par: 33 (gentlemen), 33 (ladies)
Wheatlands Golf Course
A 9 hole parkland course suitable for both experienced golfers and beginners.
Par: 30 (gentlemen), 30 (ladies)