This course is very good, but I think it could be great. The back 9 (11th tee to 18th tee shot) is already great, and the front 9 is good but there are elements that just pull the course back. The fairways were fantastic, rippled like any great links. The heather fantastic and beautiful as ever and enough land movement to keep things interesting.
As with many courses at the moment, they could do with removal of a lot of trees (which I think they are trying) and green bushes which look out of place in the heathlands setting.
The greens were very poor to putt on, very slow with not much character due to that, the ball doesn’t break much when having to smash putts from 20ft.
The routing seems very peculiar too, i suspect in an effort to return to the clubhouse after 9 holes, but means a lot of long walks between some holes (12/13, 17/18). Finally, the approach shot to the 18th and the green surround is very out of character with the rest of the course, a case of trying to do too much which renders an unnatural and disappointing finish. The 9th, although a mid range par 4, feels like a much better finishing hole.
Date: May 17, 2018