Large, beautifully shaped bunkers are abundant on the course, which is pleasing to the eye, whilst providing enough problems for golfers from the tee and when approaching the large, undulating greens that will test the resolve of many golfers.
A particular nice aspect of the Ruby Tree Golf Course is the use of the lakes that come into play on many of the holes. The short fourth is a demanding short par four, requiring deadly accuracy from the tee to avoid the large bunkers and lateral water hazards.
The signature hole at Ruby Tree is without doubt the 6th. A par 3, measuring 175 metres from the back tees, is affected not only by the hazards that you can see but by the left to right prevailing wind that can cause havoc when trying to find this well protected green.
Many golfers consider the back nine to be the harder nine holes, and the start to the homeward is tough, the 10th a strong par four, the 11th even tougher. Although generally played with a favourable wind, the tee shot needs to be well placed to offer a view of the green for the approach. A well-guarded green means par is not easily achieved.
Arguably the best par four on offer at Ruby Tree is the 429-metre 13th hole, which will be unlucky for some. An accurate drive is needed to avoid the water right and the large bunker left if you want any chance of making a par. The green is protected by a large bunker which wraps its way around the green.
To end the round, a par 5, that for some is reachable in two for that grandstand finish.
But, although it is not the longest it is fraught with danger at every step. Fairway bunkers lie in wait and the approach must be truly struck to find the island green. Although a small bail out area short left, will tempt many into going for glory. Once the green has been found, you need to hold you nerve to ensure you finish in style, a heavily undulating green and onlookers from the large clubhouse will add pressure to the situation.
Great facilities add to the experience, one not to be missed.