There are 27 holes here, laid in three nine-hole loops at Prince’s (the ?Dunes?, ?Shore? and ?Himalayas?), each loop starting and finishing at the clubhouse. They?re all well worth playing, but our preference is to play the ?Shore?, followed by the ?Dunes?. Played this way, the first five holes are played right along the beach as you head towards the adjoining Royal St George?s Championship course.
At 420-yards, the opening hole is a tough introduction, and the second, a 485-yard par-five isn?t as easy as it looks on the card especially in a stiff breeze. The other hole that will really test you on the front nine is the seventh, a 538-yard beast that demands three good hits to find the putting surface.
The 10th (the first hole on the ?Dunes? loop) is a tough dogleg that leaves you with a very long approach to the green if you don?t take the most direct line. The 13th forces you to make the same choice, though going left here will still leave you with every chance of finding the putting surface. Good holes that both make you think ? you?ll need good strikes to back up a sound gameplan.