Royal Golf Club
|Royal M: 73.5/129||405||520||333||216||362||443||220||437||530||3466||350||464||143||466||425||309||190||583||505||3435||6901|
|White M: 70.9/127 W: 76.7/137||387||481||322||188||340||413||181||407||504||3223||330||419||122||432||383||282||175||532||485||3160||6383|
|Gold M: 69.1/120 W: 74.2/131||363||471||283||170||308||399||163||381||480||3018||322||364||105||412||360||250||158||482||452||2905||5923|
|Red M: 66.5/119 W: 71.5/126||336||455||256||148||290||324||154||371||460||2794||297||329||90||396||318||188||125||425||428||2596||5390|
|Green M: 61.2/107 W: 62.9/108||240||305||220||120||220||270||125||245||265||2010||280||234||80||315||205||141||94||343||205||1897||3907|
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Not For Novice
Great course if you’ve played here a few times. Big fairways and small rough area. The greens are tricky and you have to know where to approach in order to have a decent chance at par. It will take a few rounds before the lower scores come.
A fair test. Beautiful layout, especially Annika’s nine.
A couple of holes seem out of place but overall a very enjoyable track.
Great design, something for everyone, but greens overused and needs to be aerated from the frequency of play.
The New Tartan
I played the old Tartan Park (previously the 3M company course) for over 1000 times. This is a revamp of the land and the course conditions. The conditions are now near perfect. The fairways, greens and tees are bent grass without a single weed in sight. The bunkers are tour quality and I managed to stay out of all of them. The practice area is ample and first class. There are 5 separate tees. The carts have a built in hill break and are smooth. The carts lack GPS, I have my own range finder so this did not bother me. That is all the good.
Do not expect to always have a perfectly flat lie in the fairway. The fairways have some contours, Most if the sight lines are great. However on the back nine there are a few times when you can not see the group ahead of you and need to wait longer. I agree with other that have commented on the large contours of the greens.The round took about 4 and 1/2 hours to complete teeing off at 1:40 on a Tuesday.
The 15th hole is suppose to be a shortish par 4 of about 280 yards. It appears that many golfers have hit balls in the houses on the left and most tee boxes were closed creating a 165 yard hole, what I consider to be a par 3. Hole 16 is also a par 3, holes 17 and 18 are par 5s. My suggestion would be to move the tee back on the 13th hole and make it into a par 5 to reestablish a par 72.
My one other gripe is the scorecard. It is extremely basic and not of the quality I expected. I would prefer suggestions on which tee to play based on average drive distance. I would prefer to have pictures of each hole with a pro tip about how to play the hole.
All in all a great and memorable round of golf.
Friendly staff and excellent conditions
This course provides a glimpse into excellent design from professional players. Great value and community.
This was the first time playing this renovated course. I didn't know what I was missing. The staff and the amenities were top notch. Very friendly and genuine. The playing condition of the course was outstanding aside from typical divots in the fairways. Bunkers had real sand and there were workers on the course making sure they were raked throughout the day. As advertised, the greens were difficult. Pin placement at times seemed unfair but challenge is good. The only negative is the lack of distance measurements throughout the course. My GPS had failed me and I was lost. If you have one you're good. If there can be an investment, it could be in newer carts with GPS.
Overall this is the best public course in the metro area and I've golfed all of them.
Way to go Royal Golf Club to everyone that works there!
Tartan Park was better
The greens and fairways were in good shape, the rough was not. It's a target golf course, it takes driver out of your hand a lot. Hardly any distance markers, the carts were 20 years old. Over-priced.
The most overrated course in the east metro
I am a huge Arnie fanboy and I think Annika is one of the all time best. That being said...what the heck were you thinking when this was being designed? You had an open checkbook and could do anything you wanted and this is what you came up with.
Its just dumb and I can actually forgive 90% of the course design but the greens are ridiculous. It makes it not fun. There is not a flat spot out there. This will be a reference only locals will understand but the greens are similar to how Mississippi Dunes was only worse. I hate to keep railing on the greens but they just are terrible. I've been lucky enough to play on many courses the pros play on and they aren't like this, nothing is, it's like playing at a crappy putt putt course only missing a windmill and a clowns mouth to hit through. I never write reviews and disliked it last year when I played but after this year I had to say something. The staff A+, the club house A, the course, C, the greens, D. Go play Troy Burne, or if you cant get on play Prestwick, heck play Stoneridge if you have to but skip the Royal, it isn't worth it at half the price.