The Holes






The site for the Ocean course is brilliantly suited for a golf course and is both dramatic and severe. It provides the sort of character that golfers adore – windy, linksy conditions that test the player while also providing an exhilarating experience. However in my opinion the current design of the course seems to be trying to create “something for everyone” and the end result is it never quite got anyone on its side. I think it is very realistic to make changes to the current layout of the course so it is more interesting and fun to play. To do so, all you really need to do is decide the course is there for the enjoyment of the members, and making a difficult test of golf for low-handicappers is not the objective of design”.

– Tom Doak


The National Board gave Renaissance Golf Design and Mr Doak a broad brief to improve the playability and desirability of the course (or as Mr Doak himself put it, “make the course more interesting and fun to play”). The National believes the design submission and proposal will strongly address this brief.
Some of the key features of the redesign plan include:


  • All greens will be reshaped or built to complement the natural contours of the land and a number of the new greens will be built in receptive natural hollows;
  • New greens will be built at or near existing locations for (current) holes 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16 and 18.
  • Greens will offer more hole locations than currently available, with options to set up each hole to be easier or more difficult; and
  • Green complexes will offer increased options for approach shots including using surrounding contours.


  • The routing of the course will be changed including having the ocean in the background for three new holes;
  • Retains two nines returning to Clubhouse, now in unconventional par 37 / par 34 layout; and
  • Most of the fairway corridors and many of the existing features which are well-regarded by members will be retained and have been incorporated into the design plans.


  • The number of fairway and greenside bunkers will be reduced and the style standardised;
  • The overall size of bunkers will be smaller and less prone to the elements; and
  • Greenside bunker placement won’t discourage players from going for the green.


  • Large open fairways with short carries from most tees will be retained; and
  • Final location of tees will be determined in the field to take advantage of natural contours.

A PDF of Renaissance Golf Design’s Concept Plan can be viewed here