The Glen has many things going for it, although as a test of golf I was left a little underwhelmed. The settng looking out over the Firth of Forth is absolutely stunning, as are the views over the picturesque town of North Berwick. It is not really in the same league as its West Links neighbour but few courses are. There is no real challenge off the tees, with generous fairways meaning only a horror drive will be severely penalised. For me, there are too many bland holes but I have to say the conditioning of the course for mid-December was absolutely fantastic. I would have been happy to putt on these greens in mid-summer, while it was also good to play the course at its full length. The best stretch of golf is the 12th to the 15th which most closely resemble links golf. Elsewhere, it is more parkland in nature. There is an excellent modern clubhouse aswell. It's a good course for holida golf and social outings but for a real test of East Lothian's best head to the West Links and Gullane.
Date: December 12, 2008