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18 HOLES LOCATED IN Saint John, new brunswick


Rockwood Park Golf Course is an 18-hole municipal golf course located in Saint John’s Rockwood Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America.

Regardless of season, a round at Rockwood park Golf Course is a treat to the wonders of nature. Set in the midst of a 2200 acre pristine urban park, it’s not uncommon to share your time with a variety of wildlife like foxes, osprey, turtles, and ducks.

While a relatively short course, at 5925 yards, our unique hillside terrain presents an exciting challenge that truly rewards and keeps the ball in play. This is one of those rare courses that seems to play much longer than the scorecard yardage indicates, and is incredibly challenging from the back tees, yet offers a very playable and fair challenge from the middle and forward tees for the less skilled players.

Hole 1 - Par 4 - Handicap 5

Out of bounds on the left; lateral water hazard to the right. Pick the middle of the green as the target on your drive. A fade or draw off this target will still be in good shape.

Hole 2 - Par 4 - Handicap 7

From the tee it appears that the corner on the left side of the fairway can be cut to shorten the hole. This will result in trouble 9 times out of 10. Pick a club that hits 220-230 yards and aim down the middle of the fairway. This will leave a short mid iron shot onto a large green.

Hole 3 - Par 3 - Handicap 3

If there was ever a place for a fade this is it. A hook or draw that finds the greens will usually roll off the green to the left. Any shot pushed too far to the right will normally find trouble. Aim to the left edge of the green and hit a fade to the centre of this large green.

Hole 4 - Par 4 - Handicap 9

A short par 4 which narrows down to only a few yards wide at 250 yards off the tee. Pick a club that hits 220-230 yards and aim at the right centre of the fairway. This will leave a reasonable short shot to a postage stamp green.

Hole 5 - Par 5 - Handicap 11

This is not a terribly difficult par 5. The hole is tree lined on both sides from tee to green but there is lots of fairway. Drives hit to the left side of the fairway with a draw or hook, will generally follow the terrain to the trees on the left. The approach to this small green is generally done with a short iron.

Hole 6 - Par 3 - Handicap 17

A relatively short hole with a very large green. Pick the correct club for the pin location. Anything pulled too far left will likely be lost or unplayable. The back right pin placement is a tough one onto a small corner of this angled green.

Hole 7 - Par 4 - Handicap 15

A 230 – 250 yard drive to the right centre of the fairway will be perfect. It provides a short shot from an elevated position to a relatively small green. Generally it is difficult to hit an approach shot that will hold the green from the left side of the fairway.

Hole 8 - Par 4 - Handicap 13

This dogleg left can be shortened by a long hitter who hits the ball high and plays over the corner of the dogleg. Otherwise, pick a club that hits 220-230 yards and keep your drive just a but to the right of the fairway bunker. This leaves a mid iron shot to the green.

Hole 9 - Par 4 - Handicap 1

Another dogleg left and quite difficult. Short hitters must play the hole as if it was a par 5. A long hitter who hits the ball high can shorten the hole by going over the corner of the dogleg with a minimum carry of about 250 yards. Approach shot is to an elevated green, which is tucked considerably left of the centre of the fairway.

Hole 10 - Par 3 - Handicap 8

The prevailing wind is against on this par 3, so pay attention to club selection. The green is large and receptive. The length of the hole is tree lined and therefore is penal for shots which miss the green either to the left or right.

Hole 11 - Par 4 - Handicap 4

The prevailing wind is against. A fade with starts down the left centre of the fairway will be ideal, leaving a mid iron to a large green. The drive is less receptive to hooks, given the land slopes left towards the forest which extends from tee to green.

Hole 12 - Par 4 - Handicap 14

This is a drive-able par 4 for a moderately long hitter. Many player use less than a driver. There is a lateral hazard that will penalize shots that leak to far to the right. Shorter hitters use a 150-160 yard club which leaves a short iron to the green from a more elevated fairway position.

Hole 13 - Par 4 - Handicap 12

A short, dogleg right par 4 which is drive-able (requires 250 yards carry to an elevated green which is not visible from the tee)… but causes grief for those who try on 8 out of 10 attempts. Be smart and hit a 200 yard club from
the tee to a flat lie in the right centre of the fairway. This leaves a very short, uphill pitch to a large green.

Hole 14 - Par 4 - Handicap 10

The relatively short par 4 sets up very nicely. There is trouble for any tee shot that goes too far left or right. Off the tee play a 220 yard club which will leave a short pitch to a pop-up green.

Hole 15 - Par 4 - Handicap 2

This very difficult par 4 requires a drive over the right tree line with draw. The serious trouble is trees on the left, so avoid that side of the hole.

The approach shot is lengthy to a small elevated green with considerable trouble on errant shots either left or right of the green.

Hole 16 - Par 4 - Handicap 18

A short and straight par 4. Tee shots a driver often find trouble around the green. The smart shot is a 180 yard shot in the middle of the fairway, leaving a short shot to a small green. Very good chance for a birdie taking this approach.

Hole 17 - Par 5 - Handicap 6

This is a great par 5 which begins with the first 110 yards of the drive carrying over deep valley. A drive down the right side of the fairway with a draw is ideal. A shot hooking too much to the left will find lateral water hazard down the full length of the hole.  Play the second shot just inside the trees on the right edge of the fairway, and this will leave a short shot to a devilish green.  Do everything possible to keep the approach play shot directly below the hole location.

Hole 18 - Par 3 - Handicap 16

A short par 3 that is fairly easy to par, but not that easy to birdie. Straight putts are not common. Some putts can break 3 or 4 feet especially with a pin placement towards the back side of the green.