Must agree that Bamburgh Castle is probably one of the most scenic courses in the world. Having played Turnberry Ailsa already this year, I must admit that Bamburgh beats it for views. It is just such a spectacular place to play, with the views of Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and the Cheviot Hills. Plus the gorse was in full flower, so the place just looked stunning. I really enjoyed the course too. Not long, but still a good test of golf. There are quite a few blind shots, but I didn't mind that. The par 3 8th hole is the most memorable hole on the course, with an elevated tee down to a green shielded by protruding rocks and gorse. The greens were in fantastic condition, and the course was generally in very good knick. My only flaws are that the course is quite open and you can get away with some loose drive. Also, I would prefer more strategic bunkers to toughen the course up. Other than that, a pleasure to play and will definitely come back.
Date: May 15, 2008