Valley course

With its diverse species of pine trees that complements the view of the rolling hills, the outstanding scenery in what is regarded as a championship course will long linger as an endearing memory for all who play in the Valley Course.

Length 6,412 meters
Par 72
Distance Measured in metres to the center of the Green
Course / Slope Ratings
Black Tees 73.8 / 135
Blue Tees 71.3 / 130
White Tees 69.1 / 126
Red Tees 71.2 / 125
Fairways Bermuda Tifway 419
Greens Bermuda Mini Verde
Course Designer Max Wexler, American
Redesign Ted Parslow, Australian

This Par-4 demands a straight drive across a water hazard onto a fairway fronting the same. Slice the ball right and it will end up in the ‘drink’. The second shot also has a rather short water carry to an undulating Green guarded by bunkers.

475 metres from the championship tee, this medium length Par-5 with steep slopes on the right of the fairway and bunker clusters on the left is a relatively easy hole to tackle. Two long straight shots should easily get one on the Green for an eagle opportunity. Overshoot the Green and you will have to contend with a steep uphill slope on the back track.

By far the shortest Par-4 in the Valley Course, a good drive will leave a player with a chance to get on the dance floor in two provided the left and right bunkers do not trap the ball. With an undulating Green to contend with, a good line reading should ensure a birdie or a saved par.

From the tee-box, an illusion created by its uphill lie may trick many into thinking the Green is close enough to reach. Front bunkers guarding the pin position on the right tend to trap balls that fall short of the Green.

An easy hole to play a safe tee-shot, a birdie opportunity lays waiting after a rescue wood follow through and a short iron to the Green. But bunkers on the left and right of the Green might thwart any high aspirations on an otherwise simple and straight forward hole.

382 metres from the championship tee, a perfect and long tee-shot will help golfers create a better chance to reach the Green in two. Undulating right-sloped fairways will cause golfers to think wisely on club selections as bunkers are invariably lurking at every nook and cranny guarding the Green against errant shots.

A long drive will take a ball down a steep slope into the much dreaded water hazard. A good lay-up shot with the ball well placed on the left side of the fairway will carry the ball over onto the Green for a birdie opportunity or a saved par.

This is probably the most picturesque and scenic hole in the Valley Course considering the tee-box commands an elevated and panoramic view. All tee-shots carry a water hazard and with an undulating sprawling Green, even a one-on does not guarantee a birdie or saved par.

342 metres from the championship tee, this picturesque hole brandishes clusters of swale like bunkers on the left hand side mid fairway and left and right bunkers guarding the Green. This hole has a water carry but a long drive should easily get your ball to the 100-metre marker from the Green.

On this hole, accuracy is a prerequisite as a cluster of left fairway bunkers are aligned to the fairway and an out of bounds on the right fringing Glenmarie's Driving Range comes into play. Overshoot the hole, and one will have to backtrack uphill as the rough situated directly behind the Green slopes steeply downward. Otherwise this should be an easy hole for a birdie or to save par.

The two-tiered nature of this fairway gives the appearance of two fairways with an upper left and a lower right fairway straddled by a solitary bunker in between the two, to trap those taking the middle-of-the-road tee-off approach. Accuracy is vital in any approach to the Green as it slopes steeply downward to a lake looming behind the Green.

This is the longest Par-3 in the Valley Course. Middle handicap golfers might even consider using a driver, let alone a 3-wood to reach the Green in one. Slice the tee-shot and one finds themselves at the bottom of a hillock working their way upwards onto a Green guarded by bunkers all round. If one ends up one-on the Green, it’s tricky and undulating surface swales might add further to their strokes.

This long Par-4 would present in itself a welcome relief to golfers who fared badly in the preceding hole. A reasonably accurate tee-off uphill to the middle crest section of the fairway will render an elevated Green visible as fairway runs downhill from that point onwards, only to make its way slightly uphill on its approach to the Green.

This signature hole features a landscaped stream complete with boulders that traverses the fairway diagonally and slantwise. The island Green guarded by bunkers is yet another mental obstacle to overcome, otherwise it should present an easy opportunity for a birdie or even to save par.

181 metres from the championship tee, this Par-3 has a 155-metre water carry to a peninsular Green guarded with water hazards on the right and back section. This hole exemplifies the maxim that “golf is a mental game”.

This Par-4 requires a long water carry but the average golfer should be able to clear this water hazard easily with a driver. The perfect tee-off would be a ball landing on the right hand side of the fairway bunker. From there a short iron should be able to take one slightly uphill onto the Green in two, where a birdie or a saved par is quite easily attainable.

404 metres from the championship tee, this is veritably the toughest hole in the Valley Course. With its Green located downhill from the 100-metre marker, the Green is still not visible from the second shot position. Menaced by an invisible water hazard on the left of an undulating Green and a steep slope on the right, one would be very fortunate to score a par on this hole, and should even come out smiling if they end up with a bogey.

This long and narrow Par-5 should not pose a hazard if one tees-off straight avoiding mature trees and a steep downward slope on the right and hefty trees screening electrical grid pylons to the near left. Fairway bunkers tend to trap errant shots. The undulating and fast nature of our undulating Miniverde Greens will pose a threat to ambitious golfers going for birdies on this relatively mild Par-5.