The West course at Rich River Club is a Geoff and Ted Parslow co-design from the late 1970s. They then returned in the mid-1980s to complete a second 18-hole layout at the club, the East. In the new millennium, Ross Perrett has drawn up a Course Improvement Plan for the property, though the bulk of the work is scheduled for the East.
The West course extends to 5,897 metres so it plays around 350 metres shorter from the back markers than the East. Par on the West is 71, with only two par fives on the scorecard (at the 6th and 17th) and three par threes at holes 4, 8 and 16. Both courses are set out within a generous 320-acre property, serviced by a clubhouse located in the middle.
Highlight holes on the West include the right doglegging 5th, rated stroke index 1, and the par three 8th, featuring an attractive little pond to the left of the sand-protected green. On the back nine, the 12th swings sharply right around a small lake on its way to the green, while the 168-metre 16th is the only short hole on a tough inward half.