Burnham & Berrow has a wonderful array of holes with dunes, blind shots, elevated greens, greens in dells and even some flat marshland. The opening three and two closing holes in particular are just superb tests of golf.
The 1st is a challenging narrow fairway with tall dunes on both sides. The 2nd is an equally good par four with a bumpy fairway through a valley amongst more gentle dunes. The 3rd is another wonderful par four, a slight dog leg left from an elevated tee to a punch bowl green.
Holes 6-8 are in flatter wetland. The 9th is a good looking par three of 170 yards. The tee shot is over a slight valley to a green with six pot bunkers, mainly around the front. The par four 10th requires a blind drive over rough and a tall dune.
Seventeen is one of the par threes in the UK. The tee shot is 200 yards to a raised green that slopes left to right at the front and is protected by three bunkers. Eighteen is a tough finish. You need a long draw to reach this 445-yard hole in two. A ridge angles across in front of the green and there are four bunkers.
This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every English course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
Date: May 18, 2015