I was looking forward to playing Dalmahoy East on the Wednesday preceeding the start of the Open Championship at Muirfield. It was no doubt a classic parkland course but was unfortunately in a very bad condition. The fairways were in a poor state, whether as a result of the dry weather, over use or just a lack of maintenance. However, the main problem was the state of the greens - you do not expect to find hollow-tined greens in July. The fairways were quite generous in terms of width off the tee but the greens were very well protected by James Braid's design for the surrounding bunkers. Any approach shot which was not really accurate was punished. I would like to play the course again but would not re-visit until I had an assurance that the condition had improved considerably.
Date: July 21, 2013