The course is a par 70 and measures 5774 yards from the white tees – from the yellow tees it measures 5519 yards. The Ladies course is a par 71 and measures 5181 yards.
The SSS from the white tees is 68, from the yellow tees 67, and 71 from the red tees.
The course offers a challenging test to golfers of all abilities, especially when the wind is blowing, which, on the Island, is frequently!
The front-nine starts relatively gently, but from the 3rd hole it gets a bit more challenging as the terrain makes life a bit more difficult. The 5th hole – a par 5 – is arguably one of the two most challenging holes on the course – the other being the 12th – since the shot to the green is blind, and there isn’t a lot of room around it!
The back-nine is similar in character to the front-nine, in that the 10th and 11th holes are fairly flat in nature – although the drive on the 11th from the white tee box can be a major challenge if the wind is blowing. And then you reach the 12th, which, while not long at 343 yards, is uphill, with bracken and trees on both sides of the fairway ready to trap any loose shots!
The views from all areas of the course are stunning. The 18th, however, provides one of the most spectacular views anywhere in the golf world, as you walk up the slight incline from the tee to the crest of the hill, and there before you lies Port Erin Bay with the Irish Sea beyond. Beautiful!