BURNHAM & BERROW (Championship) This is a serious test of golf with high dunes which Harry Colt had a hand in the excellent design with the traditional nine out and nine back formats which we enjoyed with the sea breeze holding as we set off and helping on the way in. The ambiance and overall feel of the course reflect and uphold the traditional values of the game. The holes do pose a variety of risks and rewards and equally test length, accuracy and finesse. The design variety is good with differing lengths while the 16th (index 18) is nearly derivable.
Great greens many of which are on a shelf so be up with your wedge or the ball will return to your feet Augusta like. In reality it looks tougher than it plays and every hole has some bail out area which we realised and utilised when we played again the next day. If you’re not on your A game avoid ‘tiger lines’ and play left to where you will see your ball particularly the two par fives at 4th and 8th which slide around to the right.
You will get a pause from the dunes from the 7th (index 1) until 11th which is flat around the channel course. After that respite brace yourself for a great finishing stretch. The only hole we did not like was the 13th par 5 called Pill Box blind almost from tee to green! Four great very testing par threes all around.
We stayed in the comfortable dormer house and settled the lost bets in the members snooker room. 8/10; May 2019, pd
Date: May 24, 2019