Review for Crail (Balcomie)

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A short, old fashioned course with better views than the adjoining Craighead links. At least that’s what is apparent at first sight. Some of the par fours are eminently driveable but with the (out of bounds) beach on one Crail (Balcomie) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerside of many of the holes the nerves can be set on edge when deciding to be brave. From the yellow tees the 2nd is a par five in all but name, and the 11th is no pushover either. The dogleg fifth is a real belter forcing the player to decide how much to cut off with a dunk in the North Sea awaiting the pushed or greedy drive. The 207 yard uphill par three 13th over a high bank covered with rough shows how short overall course length does not necessarily equate to pushover. The final four holes are located in what feels like their own little course with a par three finish over what looks like a sea of bushes under the gaze of the welcoming clubhouse. One of the most enjoyable and best value courses I have played in Scotland.

Date: September 14, 2011

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