Whilst Royal Jersey measures just 6110 yards, there are three par fives on the front nine. The first four holes follow the coastline with the castle of Mont Orgueil in the distance.
Holes 5, 6 and 7 run back and forth at the far end of the links. Each of these par fours is around the same length at just under 400 yards but the 7th (index 2) poses the greatest threat with gorse and a raised green.
The 8th is only 129 yards and is made even shorter by the tee which is some 40 feet above a well-guarded green. You almost feel like you are in someone’s back yard in this little wooded area. The hole was only opened in 1984.
The par five 9th and par four 10th and 11th holes all run in different directions. The 10th is an interesting dogleg left with plenty of bunkers waiting for your second shot.
The par three 16th requires that you hit over the entrance road. As is the case with many greens at Royal Jersey, the 17th is an elevated target which is built on an old German bunker. The 18th is a shot par four where the green is slightly sunken.
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.
Date: May 13, 2015