Review for Glencruitten

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My trip to Glencruitten was a long time in the making as it had been muted for up to 5 years but for one reason or another, always put off “till next year”. However nature intervened forcing our hand to find an alternative venue after our proposed lowland double dunt was shelved due to a forecast of heavy rain. A quick plan B was initiated and thanks to Teeofftimes, we were off on a 2 hour drive chasing the weather up the west coast to Oban. I was warned that Glencruitten was a bit eccentric in places but nothing can quite prepare you for what unfolds, Glencruitten Golf Course - Photo by reviewerwith the only course I can compare it with, further north in the Highlands at Strathpeffer Spa. Par of 62 with 10 par threes would be laughed out of designer school these day's but it works here and although it has to be classed as holiday golf don’t be fooled, as potential muggings lurk in every nook and cranny awaiting errant shots. The tone is set from the opening hole, the longest hole on the card, which culminates at a hidden green accessed via a funnelled uphill corridor, a feat repeated more spectacularly at the 12th. Hidden greens are also utilised to great effect on another 4 holes. The other method of defence is the burn, which comes into play, in varying degrees, on no less than nine holes no more so on the brilliant 9th, a par 3 which is also hidden from the tee and the fourteenth, a short but very taxing par 4. If I had to pick one hole however, it would be the sensational short, knob to knob, 120 yard 15th which looks like something that should be in a Roger Dean calendar or album cover. Before you know it the 3 hours of fun are over but those 180 minutes will leave an indelible imprint on you and although I will contend that Glencruitten will not be everyone’s cup of tea I will be willing to bet that once played, never forgotten. MPPJ

Date: October 05, 2015

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