You really do get the feeling you're playing a round of golf in a beautiful garden at Druids Glen. Sporadically very good in terms of the quality of the holes, the course relies very heavily on its aesthetic appeal, of which - to be fair - it has in abundance. It's good; just not consistently great, at least not off the white tees from which most of the visitors will play. However, it's worth the trip round just to reach that elevated 13th tee set against the cliff - just remember to be brave and bite off a little bit more from the dog-leg than you think, and then steel yourself to play the shot of your life for the approach. Unfortunately, after the highs of 12 and 13, the disappointing stretch from 14 to 16 rather lets the back nine down until the course really finishes with a bang. Island green 17th, and then the coup de grace: the 18th, generally played into the prevailing wind, is as tough a finishing hole as you'll play anywhere. 450 yards or so, uphill, with the second shot a long iron/fairway wood carry over a three-tiered water hazard.
Date: September 25, 2008