Played The Carrick 23/9/10 and despite torrential rain overnight the course was open first thing the next morning for play. The greens were in great condition running fast and true which says a lot but the fairways had standing water all over the place. I had been looking forward to playing the course for a long time and I was left a little bit cold by the experience. The course had some stunning holes in the "highland" section but the majority of the holes felt quite bland, only saved by the stunning views all around the course. The carrick seems to be trying to compete with the other high end resorts in Scotland (Gleneagles, Turnberry etc) and while the facillities do the course is nowhere near the standard required. Maybe given time it will mature and had I played it in better condition I might be saying something different but when the course is in such poor condition it should be closed and the would probably avoid some of this bad press!
Date: September 26, 2010