The outward nine is the longer of the two but has the unusual feature of two par threes in the first three holes. The 1st is slightly uphill to a plateau green. The second is the longest hole at 514 yards. It is a big dogleg right with a wall of gorse, especially on the left. The par three 3rd is a Henry Cotton addition to the layout, reasonably long at 181 yards.
The par four 4th hole is the hardest on the course and one of six par fours that exceed 400 yards. Out of bounds is along the right for your tee shot and on the left right up to the green for your second shot. The par four 9th demands a very precise second shot to a raised green. The shot is made more difficult by the fact that the fairway twists to the left for the last sixty yards.
The narrow par five 11th bends uphill, between sand dunes and trees, to a green with a very narrow entrance. Not surprisingly, it is rated the second hardest. Thirteen is a lovely hole through dunes and stunted pines. Unless your drive is over the hill then you will have a difficult blind second shot to the green.
The 15th leads back out to the cliff tops with simply wonderful panoramic views. This is not the time to be nervous on the tee as your drive needs to carry across a valley of gorse and sandy scrub before the fairway commences. The final hole doglegs left but a straight drive is your best option. The second shot is uphill to a green that slopes from back to front and right to left.
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 14, 2015