Played Hayling 22 July. I am from Australia and come yearly for a hit of links courses. Hayling was true links, not a bit of parkland about it. The first 7 holes were a bit average, the prevalent feature being the abundance of gorse. fairways flat and no real rolling sand dunes. Not dissimilar to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. The conditioning of the fairways were fair but not great and to be honest I quite like that feature of links courses. Holes 8 to 15 is where it gets interesting, played through good sized dunes and some real quirkiness to it. I loved that section and it would not have been out of place at say, Western Gailes, albeit not with the conditioning. Greens were true throughout and no poor holes throughout, just a few too many average ones to get it into 5 ball territory.
Date: July 22, 2014