Montgomerie Links is, as the name suggests, a links-like course consisting of many features such as wide and hard fairways. The greens are generally large and undulating, and the bunkers are deep and challenging, and look appealing as their white color offers an interesting contrast to the green of the fairways and putting surfaces. The sandy-soil, wind-blown dunes and indigenous vegetation such as the pines and casuarinas combine in creating a nice landscape. Many water hazards and deep bunkers are strategically placed throughout the course, so accuracy is important on this course. My favorites are short par 4 4th, a pretty par 3 5th, a short par 5 5th, a very long par 4 9th, nice par 3 11th, a mid-length par 5 12th that has 18 FW bunkers, long par 4 13th, long par 3 14th and a short par 4 14th.
The par 4 321-yard 4th is a very short par four with a dogleg bending to the right. With a downhill tee shot, long hitters will be able to carry the ball very close to the green. At around 235 yards from the tee ground, there is a pond that appears on the right side. Accuracy is more important over distance off the tee. The further the ball flies, the narrower the fairway guarded by bunkers becomes. Players can use a driver or lay-up with a utility or iron. The green is guarded with a lake to its right. A birdie is possible as long as players can hit a successful and accurate tee shot. This is a nice risk/reward hole.
The par 13 455-13th is a straight, difficult, and long par four. The second shot will require a very demanding uphill shot. The dense trees come into play on the left side of the green, sloping steeply from left to right. When the pin is positioned to the left side, it will make the approach shot more difficult. The right side of the green is guarded by a sloping dune with a small pond strategically located just under the dune waiting for any errant shots.
Date: April 01, 2020