Royal Guernsey - Guernsey

Royal Guernsey Golf Club,
L’Ancresse Links,
Guernsey,
Channnel Islands,
GY3 5BY


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  • Bobby Ego

  • Philip Mackenzie Ross

  • Christopher Douglas

Sitting 30 miles off the coast of Normandy, Guernsey lies closer to France than the UK – Weymouth is some 75 miles away – but it remains, like the Isle of Man, a British Crown Dependency with the Royal Guernsey Golf Club affiliated to the English Golf Union.

Royal Guernsey Golf Club was established in 1890 but the present course is a more recent creation, laid out on common land between the bays of L’Ancresse and Grand Havre (to the north of the island) by Philip Mackenzie Ross in 1949.

The esteemed Scottish architect could never be described as prolific, choosing his projects carefully, but he obviously knew a thing or two about reconstructing war damaged links courses as he went on to resurrect the Ailsa at Turnberry two years later.

A mere quarter of the twelve par four holes on the scorecard are more than 400 yards in length so the course measures up to a modest 6,200 yards. The layout includes only two three-shot holes (at 6 and 14) for a par total of 70, with the last of the four par threes played at the 18th hole.

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Description: Royal Guernsey Golf Club was established in 1890 but the present course is a more recent creation, laid out by Philip Mackenzie Ross in 1949. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 4

I've played Royal Guernsey/L'Ancresse (two clubs play on the same links) several times including the Trophy off the back tees and really like it. There is a mixture of styles giving real variety, the holes nearest the club house being more common land in style with blind shots and hogs backs on links terrain with the middle and closing holes including some elevated tee shots into complex greens with the aforementioned "dolmens" (menhirs) coming into play, albeit with relief in some cases. The wonderful closing stretch is classic seaside golf with Martello Towers feel very much in play from the back tees on the 15th and 16th (from personal experience) with massive depressions in the fairways leading to the very scary uphill par 4 17th flanked by gorse on both sides followed by the classic drop shot par 3 18th where depending on the wind you will need a mid iron or a wood. In terms of the "best" course in the Channel Islands, it's hard to decide - L'Ancresse is not as consistently "good" as La Moye in Jersey but is in my opinion more fun.

The only down side for me is that you may have to wait a considerable time on a Saturday for shots across the bisecting road while the locals make their weekly trips to drop carrot stalks and chewed up straw hats at the municipal dump !

5 / 6
Royal Guernsey
April 13, 2017


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Royal Guernsey has more to look at than just the usual features of a golf course. There are clusters of large stones which indicate ancient burial sites – you will be pleased to know that you can take relief without penalty. Martello Towers are there from the Napoleonic Wars whilst more recent confrontations have left a smattering of World War II pillboxes.

After a gentle short par four opening hole, the 2nd is a solid par four of 401 yards along the first of two coastlines abutting the course. Clumps of gorse are about the only thing that will stop you admiring the adjacent bay of Grand Havre. The par three 3rd hole continues along the shore.

There are very few fairway bunkers but gorse is a major hazard that will punish inaccuracy, especially on the front nine, which concludes with a demanding par four of 461 yards. With the exception of the par three 7th, most of the outward holes run north-south. By way of complete contrast, all of the inward nine up to the 17th hole run in an east-west direction.

The 15th and 16th are the last of the holes along the beach. Seventeen is a dogleg right and uphill. From the short walk to the 18th tee, there is a wonderful view across the course with the clubhouse to the left of the 18th green and L’Ancresse Bay behind it. This unusual finishing hole is a short par three with the green well below the high tee.

This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every English course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
3 / 6
Royal Guernsey
May 14, 2015


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Played many times in the 1990’s while living in Jersey. L’Ancresse is a real rustic links style of course. With it being on Common Land grazing rights were still in place for local farmers so if you ever missed the fairway you might have had to tackle a few cows to get to your ball. Not sure whether this is still the case but it never spoilt the enjoyment of the place. A very strong front nine with holes 2, 4 and 9 being testament to that. Back nine is shorter but you still need to hit good shots to keep your score intact. The last a downhill par 3 can be anything from a 9 iron to a well struck 3! Like so many links courses it can be brutal when the wind blows. Like many of the Channel Island clubs there is a great social ambience off course so enjoy a fine claret after or game…or even before! A must visit if you are ever in the Island and one place I look forward to visiting again.
5 / 6
Royal Guernsey
February 02, 2011


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Played Royal Guernsey for the second time last summer and this time I enjoyed the course more. Previously I found it too hard, both in terms of challenge, but especially the fairways that were like concrete. Last summer I played it after heavy overnight rain and it was a much more pleasurable experience. As usual during the summer, the course was really busy and with a stiff wind blowing it was the real deal. I’ve played dozens of links courses up and down Britain and Ireland and I’ve never played anything quite like Royal Guernsey, it’s an enthralling engaging and recommended experience if visiting the island.
4 / 6
Royal Guernsey
January 27, 2011


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