I’ve not played Bovey Castle for a few years (despite being a member here) and returned yesterday to enjoy a round on one of the prettiest courses in Devon. The course is improving without doubt with subtle changes being made here and there around the course. The second hole was tough enough as it was, a tight driving P4 that turns left with the river on the left and trees on the right but this hole is all about the approach shot to a green that sits angled with the river in front of the green and flowing down the right side. The approach shot at the 2nd was always to be long rather than short as there was a path and bank behind the angled green that fed the ball back onto the green. Bunkers have now been cut into the bank and they are deep. If you find yourself in one of these traps you’ll need a delicate bunker shot to stay on the green or you’ll end up in the river. The most dramatic change is at the P3 9th which was a fairly ordinary hole with little definition other than the trees and the ground climbing sharply to the left. An array of bunkers have now been cut across the front of the green and to the right of the green. Aesthetically from the tee this now looks like a serious P3. The final change noticed was that the green on 18, which was always an absolute nightmare to hold has been flattened out at the front, so you now have a fighting chance of finding your ball after hitting the blind approach shot. Keep it up Bovey. It’s great to see one the finest courses in the South West continuing to improve.
Date: May 13, 2011