My first ever time playing a links course and of course it was during 'Storm Hector'. Absolutely brutal winds reaching 50/60 mph and it was fantastic.
First 3 holes are very nice, tree lined down the right and lots of whispy rough down the left, crucial to hit the fairways or else it leaves impossible shots in. The wind was blowing hard off the left for us so end up in the trees on the first two holes then manage to find the fairway on the 3rd. As mentioned by others, the 4th is short and driveable but there is really no point, hit a 4 iron down the right and you'll have an easy wedge in.
It felt like every hole on the front 9 was into wind, the 5th, a par 3, was 143 off the tee, playing about 190, hit my best shot of the day, 5 iron to 12 inches.
8 and 9 are the two holes you get to see the sea, and you also get battered by the wind from the sea so that was pleasant.
The back 9 is also fantastic, the stretch of par 4s are brutal and, the 12th was into a strong wind, and felt like it played about 600 yards!!
The finishing 3 holes are a lot nicer, in which you can recover a few shots. The walk down 18 is fantastic with the clubhouse on the right and the green right outside of it.
Best course i've played during my short golf career so far, greens were perfect and fairways ran a mile, really enjoyed it and hope i can get back one day.
Date: June 15, 2018