Had an enjoyable day at Aalborg in perfect golfing weather. The greens were quite good, true, held the line well, and with good speed. Fairways were surprisingly good considering a 3 week period with hot weather and no rain. The course itself is a pleasant parkland stroll, quite flat, but with some interesting water features adding to the enjoyment. There are 3 nine hole loops at Aalborg and I played the Red and Yellow loops which as I understand it is considered the most challenging. The red loop starts with a shortish par four, quite wide, so a nice, soft start to the round. The red 3rd, 4th and 5th are a
sequence of holes of particular playing interest, the 3rd is a long par five, nicely bunkered off tee, and with some well positioned bunkering challenging the second shot. The 4th a nice dogleg par four, where a pond guards the inside bend and bunkers the outside, interesting choice off tee to get to a short approach position, carry the pond but the teeshot needs just the right length, a bit long or short and some well-placed trees might block your approach. The 5th is a short par four, with water on the left, and marshland on the right, from tee three birches angle in to the fairway obscuring the landing area, go over, left or right? Particular mention on the yellow loop would be the 4th and the 8th. The 4th is a short par five, reachable in two with a good drive, but at a huge risk, as the green is protected by water to the front and the approach is quite narrow. Played safely as a three shotter, the second shot is tricky as there is a large tree left of the green, so too much left or too long might require some delicate wedgework to reach the green in regulation (I hit the tree, and it bounced into the pond! what a waste of a good drive!). The 8th is a stunning par three, beautifully framed by a nice little pond in front of the tee, and trees creating a corridor to the green area some 160 meters away, quite a little gem.
August 13, 2014