Cinnamon Hill is one of two quality courses at the Rose Hill estate and unlike most 36 hole complexes there is genuine debate about which of the two is superior in my opinion Cinnamon Hill is marginally better due to having two distinct nines with the front being more open and taking you right down to the waterfront while the back nine is similar in character to the White Witch course cut out of thick vegetation on the hillside although the fairways don’t drop off as dramatically as they do on the White Witch course.
This course starts out slowly with a straight par 5 by a main road followed by a flat par 3 and a short uphill dogleg par 4 following this #4 through #7 is a great stretch of holes #4 is a par 3 over water from an elevated tee which provides fantastic views #5 is an exceptional par 4 downhill toward the waterfront #6 is a short par 3 right along the waters edge and #7 is an uphill dogleg par 4 alongside an old aqueduct this hole has a wide open drive followed by a very challenging approach shot over a ravine with a stone wall fronting the green.
The back nine heads back up and around the hillside and has many interesting holes with a couple of short par 4’s and some lovely par 3’s including one with a waterfall as the backdrop the course finishes with back to back par 5’s which is quite unique the 17th is broken into sections by a ravine making distance control imperative and the 18th has one of the most challenging approach shots of the day over a ravine with a stone wall and a large wood paneled bunker guarding the front.
The course was in outstanding condition with lightning fast greens and not a blade of grass out of place I believe they were hosting a tournament the week after I played. I highly recommend a round at Cinnamon Hill and if I had 10 rounds at Rose Hill it would be a 6/4 split in favour of Cinnamon Hill.
Date: April 29, 2018