ramsey golf club
The club was first established in 1891 and the current 18 hole parkland course was designed by James Braid in 1929. Ramsey Golf Club is now a member of the Association of James Braid Courses which is a collection of courses in Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland with one in New York, which were designed, re-designed or re-bunkered by James Braid.
Located in the north of the island at the foot of Glen Auldyn, Ramsey Golf Club was listed by Golf Monthly in their "100 Hidden Gems" within the UK in 2011. The Leighney river which meanders through this parkland course can catch your ball when you least expect it.
The course opens with a really tricky par 5 which requires both thought and care. The drive is from an elevated tee and you must avoid the water hazard to the right and out of bounds over the hedge on the left. The big hitter will no doubt try to drive over the ditch which crosses the fairway at 220 yards most players however will lay up!
Hole 7 is a long par 4 often played into the prevailing wind. The Crossags Lane hedge and out of bounds runs all along the left whilst on the right trees, a lateral hedge and a cross hedge at 230 yards from the competition tee, can catch the pushed shot. So favour the left hand side of the fairway if you can. If you are going to lay up for your second shot the left side again should be preferred as the well protected green is set at an angle. A gross four at this hole is very satisfying.
The 18th hole measures only 146 yards from the white tees yet it has probably put paid to more potentially winning cards than any other hole on the course! The difficulty comes mainly from it being a blind plateau green. The land falls away steeply to the front and both sides, there are inviting gorse bushes to the left. Aim a mid or short iron at the clubhouse clock - it is better to be long rather than short. Miss the ample green and it's trouble down the side leaving a shot to the often invisible pin.
The dramas of the hole can be readily viewed from the comfort of a clubhouse armchair! A full bar menu is also available with a great range of home made food on offer.
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