Review for Falkirk

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Like Jim, it has been a decade since my last visit with my only abiding memory being a shot to the elevated 18th green, so it was almost a blank canvas for me. Having recently played at Falkirk Tryst, I was interested to see how they measured up against each other. The short answer is that they don’t. Tryst is almost flat and relatively boring whereas Carmuirs, as it is known locally, has many changes of elevation and offers a myriad of challenges. One of the features of the course is a ditch which comes in to play many times during your round, Falkirk Golf Course - Photo by reviewerstarting at the first when it introduces itself around about the average driving distance. As it is blind from the tee golfers on a first time visit should take note. Other stand out holes on the front nine are the 3rd, a short par 4 from an elevated tee box to a well-guarded, green, the 4th, possibly the best hole on the course which sees the aforementioned ditch coiling around the second part of a tough dog-leg, the par 3 5th, played to an elevated green with penal rough for over hits, and the 9th, another par 4 to an elevated green which is an absolute beauty of a hole. I found the opening three holes the back 9 disappointing in comparison to what had come before the 13th however, is an interesting par 3 but for the life of me I don’t get its SI1 status, and the closing holes at 15, a strong par 4, 16, a bunker ladened par 3 and the aforementioned 18th, an extremely stout finishing hole which for most will be a one putt par 5 from the back tees. I have to say that I really enjoyed the course, rest assured it won’t be another 10 years before I return here and at under £20 on teeofftimes a bargain that more golfers should take advantage of. MPPJ

Date: July 14, 2015

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