The first four holes are on fairly flat and uninteresting land but from the 5th this course becomes far more varied and challenging. This is a great short hole of 163 yards. There is hardly any fairway before a raised green that is long, but very narrow, being only twelve yards wide. One steep faced bunker is at the front left edge of the green.
By the time you assess the situation at the 9th tee, you begin to appreciate that this is definitely a course for very accurate driving and it is a little disconcerting having so many blind shots on a course you do not know. The marker post stands on top of a ridge. The hole doglegs to the left where the ridge is at its highest so a draw just right of the marker post is ideal.
One of the most memorable holes is the 13th, ‘Widow’. The tee shot is blind and there is no fairway in sight. The beach is to your immediate left and out of bounds. A straight drive into the centre of the fairway over the hill is the key. You then have an approach down a steep hill to the green. It is very easy to run through the green but be careful as out of bounds is only a few yards away.
The drive on the par four 17th is through a narrow opening with very thick gorse on either side. All along the far left is the lake which reaches almost to the lovely old art deco clubhouse. The temptation is to cut the corner but your best line is right of centre. The 18th features a wall of gorse on the left and heavy rough to the right. The green is 43 yards long so the pin position may require you to take one more club.
This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every English course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
Date: May 12, 2015