Played the Waterfall course only a few days ago and it was in excellent condition with slick and receptive greens. First of all, I'd like to say that I think that the three par 3s are quite exceptional and would not be out of place on any Top 100 course. There are a number of ups and downs and many of the distances can be hard to judge. The course starts off gently with a couple of OK holes and then things really get going at the excellent 5th. Don't forget to place your order at the 10th tee for your bacon sandwiches and coffees (quirky little walkie talkie) and then focus on the super tee shot for the Waterfall signature hole. The 11th is a cracking par four and for me, the best hole on the course. "Blaster" the 14th is a great one-shot hole and then things go off the boil a bit until you reach the 18th and this is one of the finest closing holes around... take plenty of club for your approach shot across the chasm to the elevated green. All in all Mannings Heath is a nice course. Don't go there expecting to play a sandy heathland course, otherwise you'll be disappointed... that said the course drains well and it has many memorable holes. Well worth playing.
Date: December 16, 2005