While at Rye recently I recalled a well travelled chap wrote that Rye's Joob course was good...so off we went after lunch. Four things struck me about the course.
1. The fairways are flat, nothing like on the main course.
2. The cross winds are more brutal than the main course.
3. Good mix of putting surfaces/greensites.
4. This course has the bones for being MUCH Better.
The opener is a straight forward; legging a fair bit left to a slightly raised green.
The short second is a solid hole, again with wind coming off the right. The short, two-shot third continues the theme of wind off the right. The bunkering is a bit more interesting in that it is more in harmony with the green shape.
The 4th takes us to the far side of the course and ends with a green wrapped in dunes. This hole was most interesting to me because of the best angle of approach. From the tee, I thought the left side looked better because of the wind coming from the right. Craig said the right was better (didn't say why). I reluctantly followed his advise and found him to be spot on. The terrain near the green moves a lot to the right. #5 turns back toward the house and plays to a narrow green. It also plays as a par 3 if one is happy to make the long walk. In retrospect, I should have hit balls from both tees because the one-shot version looked a very good hole.
Heading straight toward Rye Bay (and into the wind), #6, after a parade of fairly benign holes (wind excluded), suddenly cranks up the difficulty by quite a few notches. The fairway narrows for the tee shot before rising to an angled green with no man's land down the right.
Behind the green.
The short seventh too is a difficult hole playing toward a green near the boundary.
Looking back to the high tee.
The excellent golf continues on #8. Again, with a hard wind form the left this seeming huge island-like fairway is harder to hit than it appears. A good drive will leave an opportunity to reach this par 5. As on the first, the green is slightly raised, adding a bit more interest.
The final hole features a green ringed by lo-lying dunes. I am not sure about the bushy trees on the left!!!
Considering it wasn't all that long ago that the area of land used for the course was under water, The Jubilee is quite an accomplishment and in many ways reminds me of Burnham's Channel 9. The club does invite visitors to play the course, but at a hyper inflated price relative to the quality of the course. I am told there are plans afoot for improving the course, lets hope it happens sooner rather than later as The Jubilee has a ton of potential. 2012