I played Dundonald on a calm, sunny February morning and was bowled over by the beautifully kept fairways and greens. Sure, it is not a traditional or long- established links course, but it is surprisingly good nevertheless, and the value is superb.The starter is a real gent who offers good advice before the round, and I got off to a wonderful score with a 4 at the long first hole with its long narrow green. With ithe burn splitting the fairway in half, the 3rd hole is a real conundrum and makes you think carefully about which club to hit. The par 3 6th is a real gem of a hole, the attractive, sloping green sheltered from the west by small pine trees. I really came to life on the back nine, and enjoyed the long par 5 14th,the short but challenging 15th, and the lovely 16th hole (stroke ind.1) undulating along the side of the ayr - glasgow railway. The food and welcome that awaited me at the end of a great round was fantastic. Well done to all the staff at Dundonald for their professionalism and courtesy!
Date: February 21, 2011