Royal Oak Golf Club: Course Description

Course Description

Royal Oak Golf Club is a beautiful, and challenging 9 Hole Golf Course with a great location, (10 minutes from the downtown core, 15 minutes from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal). Great golf and great food are only a short drive away.

Comprised of five par 4 holes and four par 3s, Royal Oak caters to all levels of player ability.

 

To see the professional tips and course layout, click on any hole number

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Hole #1

Par 4   White Tee – 324 Red Tee – 296

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  • A straight away par 4 with a generous landing area
  • Water hazard comes into play on the tee shot
  • Fairway narrows to approximately 25 yards wide, and is heavily guarded by 80 foot fir trees on either side.
  • Approach shot is played to a 2 tier green

Tips

  • Keep the tee shot back in the fairway as the percentages drop off finding the fairway as you approach the green
  • A shot of 180 yards from the white tee leaves approximately a 150-130 yard approach shot
  • The premium is on accuracy, not length
  • Try to keep the ball below the pin as the green slopes from back to front

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Hole #2

Par 4   Slight Dog Leg Right   White Tee – 324 Red Tee – 258

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  • Royal Oak Golf Club’s signature hole
  • Beautiful par 4, tree-lined down the entire left side (red stake)
  • Two tier fairway with a water hazard on the right lower tier
  • Very quick, subtle green

Tips

Option A

  • If you are hitting it well, “let the big dog eat!”
  • A drive of approximately 250 yards will leave a short iron into the hole
  • Be careful as to which side of the hole you leave your approach shot as the green slopes from right to left and can leave a ticklish put if you are above the hole

Option B

  • A mid iron will leave you on the top tier of the fairway and gives you a good look at the green
  • The approach shot is approximately 150-130 yards in

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Hole #3

Par 3   White Tee – 124 Red Tee – 104

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  • The first of the par 3s
  • Playing up to 140 yards this uphill over water hole is Royal Oak’s most challenging par 3
  • The green is narrow, but deep with a swale running through the center of it
  • Out of bounds down the left side, and a steep bank on the right of the green makes club selection of paramount importance

Tip

  • It is better to be short of the pin rather than long as it can lead to a ticklish chip

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Hole #4

Par 3   White Tee – 87 Red Tee – 75

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  • Short par 3 to a sloped green with many tricky pin placements
  • a definite birdie opportunity

Tip

  • try to keep the ball below the hole as the green slopes from back to front

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Hole #5

Par 3   White Tee -101 Red Tee – 74

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  • Downhhill par 3 to a very small green
  • It is very difficult to keep the ball on the green as it slopes away from you

Tips

  • Keep the ball short of the green as there is an out of bounds over the back
  • Try to land the shot as softly as possible, i.e. high with lots of back spin
  • Although quite short, 3 is a good score on this tricky hole

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Hole #6

Par 3   White Tee – 106 Red Tee – 91

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  • downhill shot that is deceptive to the eye in length
  • be careful not to overshoot as there is an out of bounds over the back of the green
  • Two large bunkers and a water hazard guard this green

Tip

  • The middle of the green is the best shot as this will set up the best birdie opportunity

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Hole #7

Par 4   Dog Leg Left   White Tee – 287 Red Tee – 231

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  • A beautiful par 4 which can be played in two different ways

Option A

  • Safe route to a generous landing area- High percentage play
  • A mid iron leaves wedge, 9 iron into the green

Option B

  • Heroic option – Low percentage play
  • hit driver over two water hazards and 50-60 foot oak trees by cutting the corner
  • Try to hit the green in one shot
  • You need to carry the ball 240-250 yards in the air and very high to clear the trees and hazards
  • The green is narrow in depth, but wide from side to side, making club selection very important

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Hole #8

Par 4   Slight Dog Leg Left   White Tee – 312 Red Tee – 234

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  • A very difficult par 4 as the drive must be played perfectly
  • There is an elevated, narrow landing area guarded by red stake on the left and an out of bounds on the right
  • Green is heavily guarded by red stakes on the left, out of bounds on the right and over the back, as well as a pot bunker on the front right.

Tips

  • Aim the tee shot to go directly over the knoll situated in the center of the fairway
  • A drive of no longer than 210 yards is perfect
  • This leaves a short iron into the heavily defended green
  • This is an easy hole to make a big number on as stray shots often end in penalty strokes.
  • 5 is a good score on this tricky par 4

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Hole #9

Par 4   Straight Away   White Tee – 250 Red Tee – 192

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  • This is another two option par 4
  • Out of bounds down the left side with a water hazard directly in front of the green and a bunker behind the green to catch over shots

Option A

  • High Percentage Play
  • Short to mid iron to landing area, wedge, 9 iron onto green.

Option B

  • Heroic Play
  • A drive of approximately 230 yards to carry the water hazard
  • This hole has a small green which is hard to hold with your driver
  • If you take the risk and execute this shot the reward is great with a possible eagle or at least a birdie

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Other Features

Royal Oak offers a putting green on which to fine tune your putting stroke, as well as a hitting net to loosen up with before the round.

Our golf course is maintained with mother nature in mind. Deer, hawks, migratory eagles, otter, mink and numberous songbirds inhabit the course.

As many of the birds nest near our pond edges, we ask our members and guest to respect these animals by not disturbing them when looking for golf balls.

Advantages to playing Royal Oak:

  1. Challenging layout
  2. Affordable
  3. Quick playing time – 1 hour 40 minutes (you do not have to tie up the whole day)
  4. Full service facility i.e. fully stocked pro shop, CPGA certified teaching professional, 7 day a week restaurant and food and beverage department
  5. Beautiful and relaxing location only minutes from downtown or the ferries/airport
  6. Brand new hotel (Howard Johnson) only a stone’s throw away. Optimum in quality, service and convenience
  7. Friendly, fast and efficient service
Course Information
April 1, 2006 – October 31, 2006
Location 10 Minutes From Downtown Victoria
Next Door to the Commonwealth Pool
540 Marsett Place, Victoria
PAR PAR 32 Course
Holes 9 Hole Course
Length 1915 Yards
Course Description Five Par 4’s and Four Par 3’s
Water On 5 Holes

 

Pro Shop Hours 7:30 a.m. – 1.5 hour before dark
Booking Tee Times Public – 2 days in advance
Members – 4 days in advance
Pro Shop Info Fully stocked, Excellent Variety of Merchandise

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Greens and Fairways Information

Greens

  • Annual bluegrass, bentgrass mix
  • Average stimp meter reading of 8.5-9.0 in peak season
  • Royal Oak’s greens are not heavily undulated, but very subtle and somewhat tricky.

Tees & Fairways

  • Cut at 5/8 inch
  • A mix of annual bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and bentgrass.

Roughs

  • Maintained at 1 1/2 to 2 inches
  • A blend of annual bluegrass, native grasses, and fescues