Kilspindie is a course of modest length that lacks the massive dunes of many an Open Championship layout. However, it is a traditional links set on prime coastal land with superior sea views, a hint of quirkiness and bags of charm. Many of the par fours are short when played with modern equipment but are proportionate to the challenge of the prevailing wind. Indeed the entire course set up, from original design to everyday conditioning is commensurate with the prevailing conditions. The medium sized greens run at a good pace but are not shaved so short that the ball could be blown away by heavier gusts. Very few are raised or have elephants buried underneath but the sites for the 4th and 8th are truly magical in aesthetics and challenge. My positive view of Kilspindie has been formed despite the non-availability of course planners on the day which darkened my mood initially. In summary, a fair and fun challenge.
Date: September 14, 2011