On arrival at Golspie, making your way down the largely single track road, you see the links holes and know that you’re in for a treat, although the lovely lady in the pro shop lets you know about the mixed character of the course. We set off under grey skies with the odd ray of sunshine peeping through and experienced a mixed bag of weather thereafter. The wide open first offered up a welcome par from tow putts on the good quality putting surface. The seaside holes are genuine links fare with a cracking par3 second and a meaty par5 fourth complete with semi-blind approach, especially if you play well to the right, to avoid the lateral water hazard of the North Sea. The par3 and short par fours that follow are charming and act as a gradual transition to the more heathland holes (8-11) which are as picturesque as anything you will find in a coffee table golf book. The 9th plays as tough as it looks with its crowned, snaking fairway eager to throw off shots into the heather before an approach aimed at the rear marker post. The only time the course feels anything like a letdown is when the holes become more parkland (holes 14 and 15), either due to the drop in quality to what has gone before or just because they look so out of place. The finish is strong with back-to-back par3s especially the 17th which plays longer than one might think, followed by a strong par4 over the crest of the hillock. I would conclude simply by saying well done and thank you to all those who nominated this course for inclusion in the top100 rankings. You are golfing connoisseurs who enhance this website in helping others to discover great courses.
Date: June 27, 2012