There is so much to take into account when reviewing a course and deciding its rating, and it’s difficult to separate the purely golf based critiques from other influencing scenarios. My playing partner didn’t rate Lanark, he lost his ball on the first, had to wait for walkers on the 2nd, and then for a group of ladies playing their 17th drives, not a great start. But let us put that aside and relish what Lanark GC presents, a wonderful array of golf holes, magnificent views and a selection of challenges that enthral for almost 4 hours. The turf is so soft and easy walking, you almost want to “cuddle” it (to quote my other playing partner).
The course design, as a James Braid fan, is just as expected. It fits into the landscape like a hand in a glove. Nothing appears contrived or out of place (I enjoyed the 16th with its burn, but haven’t played the hole without it), and the challenging 14th pin position, where both my playing partners de-greened their putts, was due to long approaches rather than a poorly designed hole.
The closing hole, a 200+yd par 3, right in front of the clubhouse is a nerve tester indeed.
Date: September 27, 2020