Played a couple of weeks ago in the middle of the July heatwave and was blown away by the quality of Ganton. We received a warm welcome on arrival being shown to the visitors changing room, directions for practice ground etc. and also advised that we could start earlier if desired as the course was very quiet. The course is not especially long (6445 off the yellows), but we all agreed that it is amongst the toughest we have ever played. They are hosting the Home Internationals in August so the rough was very penal - lost count of the number of balls we lost between us. The fairways were baked hard and fast which meant avoiding the cavernous bunkers even more difficult - the size of some of them is quite incredible and we debated how long it must take the greenstaff to prepare them. Tee shots are pretty intimidating with the knee high rough and the knowledge that there are bunkers everywhere ahead off you - yet they are not always easy to see from the tee. Buy a strokesaver and trust it. Special mention for the par 3's - the 4th and the 10th are too simply beautiful holes requiring very well struck shots otherwise you are almost certain to be bunkered. And the to the 17th which seems to have divided opinion over the years - well at 235 off the yellows into a breeze and slightly elevated green we all had to hit driver - but what is wrong with that? At least if you miss it short and straight you have a reasonable chance of getting up and down. Overall a fantastic course presented to a very high standard with superb tees and greens and fast running fairways and bunkers to behold. Reminds me in places of Woodhall Spa (not a bad thing) and is definitely in the Top 10 courses I have ever played. Day was rounded off with a pint of the local ale and an excellent roast beef sandwich. Can't wait to return sometime.
Date: July 27, 2013