The natural contours of the North Yorkshire landscape provide the perfect setting for Romanby’s championship standard golf course. Attractive lakes and the River Wiske present challenging water hazards as well as providing homes for a variety of water fowl, including ducks, coots and migrant swans which make regular visits to Romanby.
A pleasant, simple hole to start the round. The drive is directed through the large banks and ideally should be left of the centre line to leave a more open shot into the green. The second shot should only require a short iron to the kidney-shaped green.
The first of the water holes. The drive is uphill to a ridge, with a bunker guarding the left side of the fairway. The second shot, must cross the lake to a large and receptive green, with mounding to the rear and left hand sides.
After the loosening up process of the first two holes, the third hole requires two long, well struck shots. The drive is slightly uphill to a ridge and then falls away sharply towards the hole. The second shot is to a slightly elevated green, guarded by two bunkers.
From the elevated tee the hole snakes down past a lake on the right and up to a well guarded green with a narrow approach. Big hitters can reach in two, but a high degree of accuracy is required. The third shot has to negotiate two bunkers guarding the front left of a relatively small green.
A muscular 3 shotter which requires accurate shot making. The drive should end on a flat, slightly elevated island fairway. The second shot has to cross a narrowish constriction, formed by the river and the road. The third shot leads into a slightly elevated, rectangular, undulating green set in a natural amphitheatre.
The second nine again starts with a short par 4. The drive is downhill into a valley with a bunker guarding the left hand side of the wide fairway. The second shot is uphill to an undulating, kidney shaped green with a bunker to the right.
This is a truly heroic hole which requires a carry of 165 yards across a large lake. The green is sleeper fronted, comparatively wide and slopes up to a large mound in which is set a centrally placed bunker.
A genuine three shot hole. The drive from the back tee, which juts into the lake, must carry 80 yards of water up to a ridge with bunkers set left and right of the generous fairway. The second shot should be aimed to the right side of the fairway. The green rises steeply from front to back and is guarded by two large bunkers.
This is a short but spectacular par 4 finishing hole with two options facing you. Either drive across the river, which is about 230 yards from an elevated back tee, leaving a pitch to the angled green avoiding the large bunker. Or play short and face a slightly longer second shot.