I am tired of seeing people hand out 5 and 6 "ball" ratings to every course! I am writing this post to bring back the ratings to actually mean something. This course is a 3-4 Ball rating at best. Here is why, it isn't the caliber of a rare 6 ball rating like County Down, Ganton, or the experience of playing The Old Course. It isn't that of Saunton East, West Sussex, or Formby. The rating system is being devalued and 5 & 6 Balls don't mean much anymore. This course is good, that is it.
Though there are many wonderful holes in the magnificent dunes there are too many awful holes. The bad stretch starts at 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, with 13 and 14 getting better. These 7 holes of awful blah with the last two holes having a pulse beat (only because they are designed within the dunes but are not special). 9 is a nice par 3 out there all by itself...
The early holes and the closing holes are positioned beautifully within the dunes. Let's not get bonkers for this course, the only saving grace here are the magnificant sand dunes, the best holes on this course aren't going to take your breath away you'll just think to yourself "nice sand dunes." I played here a few years ago and the bunkering wasn't of championship stature, some quirkiness (too tight in places), nothing stood out to me except the dunes. I remember driving off from the car park wondering what all the fuss was about at B&B. Yes, it is a good course but lets keep it in proper relation to other courses.
Date: October 13, 2016