Wow.. What a fantastic course. Played in some of the worst weather you'll ever get but still enjoyed the brilliant layout. As you step on the 1st tee you realise you're in for a treat. The railway frames the left side of the opening 2 holes. The front 9 is relatively flat but still very challenging. The 7th a great par 3, well bunkered small green framed by the huge dunes and pines behind the green. The back 9 really does live up to expectations as being one of the best in the UK. The 10th a stunning short par 3 surrounded by deep pot bunkers, huge dunes and forest on either side. You then step onto the 11th, a beauty of a par 5 from an elavated tee where you hit into a valley, then up the hill to a sloping green framed by the dunes and pine forest. The 13th to the 18th are where it really gets challenging. Each hole framed by the 30 foot high dunes, sweeping doglegs, elavated tees and well bunkered greens create a fun/fair challenge. As for the condition of the course it was sensational for November, greens running fast and true, fairways firm and fast. The final 2 holes border it's famous next door neighbour Royal Birkdale, as you step on top of the dunes at the 17th green, you realise you are standing in the middle of a golfing Mecca! Hillside really is an underrated gem and I would highly recommend to all links lovers to play it!
Date: November 10, 2016