A strong first hole to enjoy the pond situated under the gaze of the clubhouse points the way towards a valley floor fairway with the green perched up on high demanding a precise early mid iron to gain a confidence boosting par. Far from being the only such challenge, the opener ushers in an up and down theme that continues all the way to the turn.
The variety on offer at Oakridge remains throughout, it’s far from being your run of the mill out and back parkland layout, an excellent mix of holes, some to strike a bit of fear but then you’re never too far away from ones to offer something back either.
The 12th is an attractive short hole to a raised green in front of the clubhouse, you are only permitted a view of the top of the flag from the tee, making club selection tricky, beware the deep trap that guards the front right hand side. The final half dozen take you to the other side starting with a very dangerous SI 1 13th, exposed with out of bounds on the right and a demanding approach in store to a putting surface tucked away in a tight corner.
The signature water features are worth waiting for, the majority are situated in the final five, two of them on the stunning short 14th, in front of the tee and left of the green. The 410 yard 17th is particularly difficult but in terms of looks raises the bar even further, a picture book second in store over the large pond with a likely mid iron at best, perhaps the biggest single examination of all comes with this approach shot. The 18th is a good long game test too, but a clear route to the green is offered this time, and it all undulates gently downhill back to the clubhouse.