I experienced this course in several wind conditions and like any self-respecting links it always remained playable, but certainly not the same way. The firm and fast conditions are second to none, so even shorter hitters can shine (if they are also straighter hitters). There are no weak holes at Budersand, it is a very balanced course with an especially memorable set of par 3s. Depending on the wind anything from half a wedge to driver can be hit, but even without wind the lengths are very cleverly spaced and the iconic blind shot over a dune is included as well.
Variety does not only apply to the one-shotters, the entire layout is designed thoughtfully and with very little repetion. While two or three of the longer holes could be a bit more quirky and have a few more fairway undulations, the truth is that occasionally it is nice to get a break from worrying how to keep the ball in play.
The burn on the last three holes needs a bit more work, though, as it is often dry and does not have a continuous bed. Other than that Budersand ticks all the links boxes with its marram grass, gorse, fescue greens, fairway undulations, lack of trees and, at any rate, one seaside hole (although on the elevated second tee the ocean on both sides of the course can be seen). Considering the five star hotel on site and Sylt's high roller reputation the greenfee is actually pretty reasonable. In fact, given the quality of the course, I call it a steal.
The "gentleman starter" (quoting the manager here) adds a very nice touch, as he knows everything about the course and provides sensible advice to the many groups, who come here never having played a links before: "You do not need your pitchfork here, but keep your ball low to the ground." (UM)
Date: July 07, 2019