Burnham & Berrow's championship layout is a tremendous jaunt through the English sandhills, up, down, around, over and thru the hills, to be more specific. I must agree with previous reviewers in that the first 5 are splendid, then the course takes a different tack, with 3 flattish holes, then attacks the hills again all the way home. However, I differ in these respects. First, the 3 connecting holes seem to be just that, an excellent way for the architect to get you from the opening holes to the next piece of superb links land. Second, I don't feel these holes detract from the experience, or that they are weak holes in any way. Quite the contrary, they were the holes where I had the most difficulty, going thru them with 3 straight bogeys, and none of the 3 could be described as easy or a letdown in any way. They were just tough golf holes. That said, the opening 5 hole stanza was exceptional, and holes 9-18 were superb. One great, challenging hole after another, with only a few truly blind shots, and tremendous dunes all around you. The conditioning, especially of the greens, was as good as you will find anywhere in the world. The members I played with were delightful-a true pleasure to play with, and the beer at the end, while not as cold as an American would like, was excellent, as was the entire clubhouse experience. I rate this course a solid 5 balls, pushing toward 6. It's as good a links course experience as anyone could ask for.
Date: August 17, 2014