Donald Ross is buried in hilly Newton Cemetery about a mile from Brae Burn’s first tee. Brae Burn’s hilly terrain created some challenges for the Scotsman even while he was still alive.
Two large hills, one on the west side of the property and another in the middle, must be negotiated. Three short par 4s go up the hills. The first (#2) is the best of the three, requiring an accurate drive and then a pitch over a bunker to a two tier green. The 16th is the weakest hole on the course as virtually every drive ends up in the left side of the fairway or the left rough and yields a blind second. The 8th is not a great hole either, generally requiring a shot from a downhill lie to a green perched some 40 feet above the fairway. Getting off the hills are two fine par threes, the short 5th and the lengthy 17th, playing as much as 253 yards to a large green, as well as the par five 8th with a potato chip green
The rest of the routing is nicely done with holes running in every direction and few running back and forth. Many of Ross’s greens are, as you’d expect, nicely contoured. In addition to #8, 4, 5, 7,10, 12 are well done. There are strategic choices in most holes as they can be approached with either a running shot or an aerial one.
Date: September 28, 2020