Ordinarily I would be sceptical towards a layout like this. Bogside proves that you can achieve as much variety without par 5s (although hole no 2 is a par 5 for the ladies and from the back tees) and only a couple of par 3s.
After two straightforward openers, the 3rd (Fulllarton) sharpens your senses. Not long at 351 yards from the back markers and 307 from the yellow tees, it nevertheless requires a perfectly executed approach shot to hold the green and avoid a very tricky recovery. The fun continues on the 4th (The Moor) with its green next to the railway boundary wall and the 5th (Sandface), with the huge bunker built into the slope up to the putting surface. You are likely to remember both these holes for the rest of your golfing life!
Now, what about the back nine? It is good, but not as unique. As a first-time visitor, I also felt that the blind/semi-blind drives at 13th (Snodgrass), 17th (The Warren) and 18th (Flagstaff) were perhaps one too many.
Found this a more memorable experience than many courses in the region which are rated higher (Dundonald, Glasgow Gailes, Western Gailes), but of course not on par with the very best. Whatever your own view, a tour to the region would gain in variety by substituting one of these three with Bogside.
Date: August 31, 2019