My party was blessed with unseasonally fine and warm weather for a day at Ganton in early April. A pleasant welcome from starter and bar staff but this is a traditional club and, as it was the weekend, jackets and ties were the order of the day. This was fair enough - it added to the sense of occasion. Splendidly vast practice area where it was a pleasure to warm up. The course itself looked as pretty as a picture in the sunshine. Though we were encouraged to use the white tees, we sensibly opted for the yellows and after only a hole or two realised that the bunkers were to be avoided at all costs lest a stroke or two be lost. How refreshing to experience genuine hazards and not just visual trimmings. Standout holes on the front 9 for me were the 4th for the lovely setting of the green up on a plateau, the 7th for the cunning angles involved in playing the hole and the 9th through the chute of trees and gorse. If anything, the back 9 is stronger and 15 to 18 are very good holes indeed, with 15 and 17 requiring very solid blows to keep the GIR stats in good order. I didn't manage it! However, singling out holes is almost missing the point. It is the whole experience that counts here and, having wanted to play the course since watching the Walker Cup here in 2003, Ganton did not disappoint. The Sunday lunch was superb and unbelievably good value too. Highly recommended.
Date: April 17, 2011