The long, sedate drive down to the car park offers views of most of the course, affording glimpses of a pleasant parkland course with some severe undulations. This is especially true of the back nine where many of the holes are reminiscent of one of my favourite courses, The Addington. In a difficult year for greenkeepers the course looked immaculate with cross striped fairways, clearly defined by rough that is long enough to be a punishment for missing the short grass, but short enough to be playable and make ball searching straightforward. As a shorthand piece of advice the best way to play is to aim for the highpoint of each fairway and let gravity bring the ball into the ideal position. This applies particularly on the 6th, 8th and 13th. The greens look fairly flat in places but there is always some slope to consider when reading a putt. The stretch of holes from 10-14 is excellent. Some may not care for the par3 finish but the green is sufficiently sloped to make it a strong finish, especially if the hole is tucked away behind the right hand bunker. A very pleasant day of golf.
Date: August 28, 2012