It is clear that Cavendish is very pleased to be associated with MacKenzie and so it should. The course uses the natural landscape extremely well, with some excellent holes throughout. When looking at the scorecard I thought the par 3's (which are normally my weakness) wouldn't prove a problem; how wrong I was! Never before has a course, or designer, used the land so effectively on the par 3's. Three of them measure less than 125 yards and the other two are short irons, all 5 are classic examples. Yes, at times the course can be repetitive and there's only one par 5 but that really doesnt take anything away from a brilliant course. The holes from 4 to 11 are fantastic, plenty of changes of elevation with trouble to be careful of. I think the only aspect that is keeping the big boys away is the length, I , playing off 8, had a front 9 of 31. Could not fault the fantastic condition of the course and the clubhouse has some nice historical touches too.
Date: August 03, 2011