Firstly, I enjoyed the course immensely. It is tough, with an excellent variety of holes both in terms of length and orientation. The greens are fast and pure. This is probably controversial, but the course is, in some ways, far from being a true links. I write this having read the many iterations of what determines a links golf course and while it does exhibit enough traits to be included in all the credible "links" lists, the following characteristics of Ashburnham cause it to err on the side of a "maritime heathland" - the existence of a substantial number of trees, large bushes etc, the prevelance of meadow grass, minimal views of the sea and not especially hard/fast running. As I say, it's a really good course, probably top 125.
Date: September 12, 2019