Crail is a special place to play golf and a prime example of how a short course can be confused with an easy course, especially if the wind is up. The views are breathtaking and the par is 69. The 447-yard fifth hole is a killer into the wind with its forced carry over the sea, and a visual stunner. Reminiscent of Prestwick and North Berwick, the 9th hole at Crail features a stone wall against the green. The members serve as caddies at Crail and are a delight. I suppose perfectionists could nit-pick that there are too many blind shots and four par 3s on the back nine, but come on, who are we to criticize Old Tom Morris? The course is a throw-back and a delightful place to play without pretense and reasonable greens fees.
Date: September 19, 2019