I played Craighead for the first time on New Year’s Day - actually putting out on the first as the sun came up over the North Sea. There’s no shortage of great courses in the area but it’s well worth finding time to fit in a round here; Gil Hanse has done a great job creating a fun and challenging course to complement the old Balcomie links.
As others have written, the back nine is definitely the highlight, making full use of the more interesting ground closer to the sea; the short par 4 10th and the longer 14th, running along the cliff edge, stood out for me, but the truth is that there isn’t really a week hole on the course. Even on the front nine, much of which is over the less promising ground, strong bunkering and interesting greens make for a good test.
Date: January 02, 2019