Date Played: August 2, 2013
4.0 out of
My recent trip out to Royal Oaks was a great experience. This is a well designed, appropriately priced course that is clearly a couple steps above your average course. I especially love the angles of the approach shots and the undulations near the greens that can leave golfers with some challenging chips…or flops, when they fail to hit the green. Holes like #2, #4, #5, #7, #12 and #17 come to mind in particular. The course is a great mix of short interesting holes such as #2 and #16, along with a few long holes such as #4 and #14 that provide a constant variety throughout the round. This isn’t one of those courses with little variation that begins to feel stale after some time.
The greens are a little slower than I would have expected, but they rolled pretty true and were not overly beat up from play. The fairways are a little more mediocre. They’re bentgrass, but each time I have played there they have not seemed to be particularly plush and the lies are so-so. They’re certainly a long way from some of the other bentgrass gems such as Dauphin Highlands, Colonial or Iron Valley. I’m not even sure they’re as nice as Rich Valley, which also has bentgrass. I understand bentgrass is harder to maintain and I also realize Royal Oaks is not charging as much as some of the aforementioned courses, so that is why I’m not going to outright ding them, but I can’t give them four or five stars either. The tee boxes all seemed to be in pretty nice condition. Though I did not use them, it appeared the course had some nice practice facilities too.
I highly recommend Royal Oaks to all area golfers. This is truly one of the better courses for your money around this area.