Princes Golf Club Review

Par 72, 6,880 yards, links

This is a wondrous place, comprising three loops of nine holes. Most people play The Shore and The Dunes, and that is how we are going to review it, but The Himalayas is well worth a look too.

The first hole on The Shore course is a formidable 456-yard par four. The ideal line off the tee is just to the left of the right hand fairway bunkers, but be careful not to venture too far left, as another bunker waits for any hooked tee shots. The second shot with a mid iron is struck towards a slightly elevated green that falls steeply left. 

The second is a 538-yard par five. You tee off next to the sea and aim for the right side of the fairway. Then you must choose whether or not to carry the cross bunkers and go for the green or lay up short and leave a pitch to the green, which has two parts. The raised left hand portion slopes from left to right and features a small tier, while the right side is flatter and easier to read.

The fifth on The Shore is a left to right dogleg, a par five measuring 518 yards with seven fairway bunkers. There are great views from the elevated tee across Prince's and nearby Royal St. Georges. The line from the tee is towards the middle bunker, but players must use caution to avoid the carnivorous pot bunkers guarding this opportunity to pick up a shot. The green is set on top of a dune, while a ditch on the left of the fairway awaits an errant second shot. The green is one of the longest on the course, measuring 38 yards, so club selection is key for your approach shots. 

The Dunes forms an anticlockwise loop of nine holes - five out in a southerly direction to the boundary of Royal St. Georges and four back. The first hole is a dogleg and is the hardest on the course. It has a narrow green that is very difficult to hold with your approach shot.

The fourth and fifth are both challenging par fours, offering no margin for error from the tee. There are great views from the sixth tee - it is a par five with trouble on both sides of the fairway and even more lying in wait if you try to go for the green in two but go off line.

The Himalayas measures 3,201 yards and includes the sixth, a 580-yard par five that incorporates a marshland water feature to add to the hazards. Another unique aspect of these nine holes comes at the fourth and eighth, which share a huge double green, one of the few in play in world golf other than at the Old Course at St Andrews. 

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.