The public East course is slightly shorter and a little easier than the private West course at Royce Brook Golf Club. Both are Steve Smyers designs, with fairways on the East routed around a wonderful mix of woodland and wetland areas.
Give mega credit to architect Steve Smyers in crafting a fun layout that's fairly undistinguished with little in terms of land movement. The East Course is more user-friendly than its private counterpart the West. The aspect that holds matters together is the artful and strategic bunkering that Smyers so smartly includes along with a number of greensites that are angled appropriately and can be confounding at times with internal contours.
There's more than sufficient room off the tee so playability is certainly preserved. What the East lacks is meaningful inspiration. Yes, Smyers could have resorted to "dressing up" the land with a whole series of man-made land movements that would simply been out of place. In many ways the East Course reminds me of so many flat type courses one encounters when playing in Florida.
Landsites are so crucial to golf design that rises up and leaves an indelible mark. The East is by no means a bad course but it hardly screams out memorability when the round ends.
M. James Ward