Claremont Country Club and the Rix

Claremont Country Club

I played at Claremont Country Club recently in an invitational golf tournament called the Rix. It was a really enjoyable golf event, where teams of two players play five nine-hole match play games within their flight or handicap category. Indeed, the team with the most points won from each flight will progress to the playoff.

The playoff was great entertainment. The format is straight foursomes and typically since nobody really plays that format too often, anything can happen. Also, to make the course even more difficult to play, the greens are rolled again and new holes are cut in very tricky areas. So much so, that players can four-putt easily and I do recall watching a couple of players taking eight putts to get the ball in the hole. Anyhow, poor me, my team did not make the playoffs!

Eight teams of two played the 1st hole, then over to the 8th hole were five teams played and finally, three teams progressed to the final playoff hole, the 18th. Amazingly, two teams that progressed were from highest handicap flights (7&8) along with the winners from the lowest handicap flight played the final hole. Clearly, each of the teams were made of good old hard grit and they all tied the 18th. The final playoff was a 110-yard made-up par three from the 9th fairway hitting to the 18th green. Each team hit, the crowd were gathered around the 18th green and they cheered loudly as two shots almost hit the green and finally one ball hit the green.

The honour when to the top team as they made an excellent birdie to win the Rix for 2018. Great fun had by all and definitely, this event is on my scorecard for 2019.

Claremont County Club
The 1st Hole at Claremont County Club

The Course at Claremont County Club

However, the course measures less than 5,800 yards from the back tees. Certainly, looking at the length of the course, it is easy to think that this course plays dead easy! However, that is not the case and far from easy! In the spirit of Alister Mackenzie, the club has completed numerous on-course redesigned work ensuring that the course remains as close as possible to the original design by Dr Alister Mackenzie Course.

Around Greens:

Claremont’s greens are small and golfers find that the greens are very difficult to read. Not to forget, some greens slope significantly more than others which can end up baffling golfers to find a line to the hole. Whereas some putts look like an uphill or soft downhill putt, then the shot turns out to be a treacherous speed and players end up fifteen foot by the hole or off the green. More dangers! Such as, the tight lies around the greens will leave golfers with precise and difficult chip shots to play. Also, should golfers miss the greens in the wrong place relative to the flag, it’s likely that they are left with a really difficult shot to play. Finally the bunkers! The sand is consistent throughout the bunkers that I have played from (which was a lot). But, the bunkers are deep and difficult in places. Therefore overall, golfers ensure that your bunker game is in good health before playing at Claremont.

Off The Tee & Fairways:

Typically, off the tee, there is not a lot of options with approach shots should players miss fairways either left or right. The first 7 holes are tree free so to speak. Indeed, from holes 8 through to 18 there are trees, water hazards, deep bunkers and sloping fairways to deal with. However, placing the ball in the right areas from tee shots is critical to scoring otherwise you might be making a few too many doubles. More to the point, the course fairways, greens, bunkers and etc are kept in great condition by the club.

Dooley Noted Review:

Henceforth, if golfers get a chance to play at Claremont, go for it. Claremont County Club is a brilliant test of golf and golfers can play the course in many different ways. Course knowledge is of significant benefit to golfers that are looking to post low scores. However, may I suggest to play and enjoy the course for how the course plays on the day. If you are partial to the odd drink or two, perhaps you could try the Claremont Classic. I understand that its a decent pour.

Claremont County Club is a private member’s Club. Therefore knowing a club member is the best way to play the course.

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A couple of holes from Claremont County Club yardage book.

Claremont County Club
Golf notes from Claremont’s traditional yardage book.

 

 

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