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.

The Royal Jersey is an 18 hole links style golf course, which runs along the beach on the East side of the Island. It was home to one of the most famous golfers in British history, Harry Vardon. No matter what time of day, or weather, you will always get spectacular views of the beach and Gorey Castle. The first hole is definitely the best in the Island, but also the toughest. 

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. It’ll cost £90 to play without a member, and Juniors can play for £35. I would avoid playing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  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.

 

Course Description

The first four holes at Royal Jersey are my favourite starting holes in 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.

The 9th hole is a great par 5 with a semi-blind tee shot. I always aim for the big tree you see on the left side of the fairway. You just need to avoid the bunkers on the rest of this hole. The next few holes are relatively straightforward and what you see is what you get. The approach shot on the 12th hole is a bit tricky as you usually can’t see the flag due to the huge mound in front of it.  I would suggest trying to get a look at the flag to have an idea of where to aim. The 13th and 14th holes are tough as they play quite long as par 4s, especially in the wind. They both have elevated greens so make sure you take enough club. The final four holes are tough finishing holes as there are two par 3s in a row, then two par 4s. I would advise playing it safe on the 15th and 16th holes and short is always a good miss. The 17th drive is tough and I suggest playing it down the left-hand side of the fairway. The approach shot is to an elevated green and the wind will play a big part in these shots. The flag here can be deceiving and I will always play an extra club here. The 18th hole is a fun finishing hole, as it’s not too long and has some beautiful views of the clubhouse and the beach as you play.

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Practical Information


No of holes:
18
 


Opening times:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on weekdays, and after 2:30 pm on weekends and bank holidays
 


Yardage:
6120
 


Course Type:
Links
 


Par Gentlemen:
70
 


Par Ladies:
71
 


Trolley Hire:
Yes 
 


Buggy Hire:
Only for medical purposes
 


Facilities - changing rooms / practice green / driving range etc:
Changing rooms with visitor lockers, two practice greens, nets to warm up in
 


Online Booking:
No
 


Club Hire:
Yes
 


Golf Shop:
Yes
 


Tuition:
Yes 
 


Juniors allowed:
Yes
 


Dress code:
No denim or tracksuits. Collared shirts and golf shoes required, dress shoes required in the clubhouse
 


Handicap Requirement:
Yes, Men 24, Women 30|
 

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