What a fine, fine course this is. For me, those comparing it favourably to Sunningdale or Woodhall Spa are quite a way off base, but it stands up against any other inland course I have seen. Natural heathland, very little around it, pretty, winningly subtle design. Good examples include the par 5 3rd which looks downright easy from the tee, and yet when you stand on the green and look back you realise that it needs very careful strategy indeed, and the excellent par 4 17th to the sunken, part hidden green. A very hard finish, and a wonderful variety of holes, far more so than Moortown, good though that course is.Two minor gripes: very poor greens (much worse than Moortown) though they will doubtless improve in summer, and for my money one bad hole that stands out like a sore thumb. The 10th, over a hill, and round a corner to the left, with a semi blind second, possesses a green that would be severe as the par 5 it is from the whites, with a wedge in hand. Whatever genuis decided this should be a par 4 of 450 yards from the yellows does not deserve to be a member of the club. The idea of a great drive in summer, followed by a 3 or 4 iron (at least) to that green, menaced by a pond short right, a ditch short left (both very close to the line of play), and OB only just long, followed by, if you pull that off, the most precipitous two putt you can imagine, is a laughable blot on this otherwise great course. 17 great holes though, and should be on any discerning golfer's list to play.
Date: April 10, 2015