Playing four rounds in a day the day before is poor preparation for the challenge of playing Moray in a strong wind (or light breeze as the locals might call it). Having embarked upon precisely that folly the day before, we were understandably a bit fuzzy when teeing off here. After the gentle opener I was soon shaken out of my golf-induced torpor but had little mental freshness to respond to the challenge of Moray’s old course. Instead I played a few good shots and enjoyed the rugged beauty of the place. Some days that’s all you can do. All the holes are strong with many doglegs, bumpy fairways, carries over deep burns and approaches into greens set in raised or punchbowl settings. The holes across the road (5-8) look a bit more like a heathland/links hybrid similar to Aldeburgh in England. The views to the distant lighthouse are also part of the course’s excellent value for money. The finishing holes are demanding with a par3, 4 and 5 mixed into the final four, giving a sound examination of all aspects of strategy and ball striking. Not least of all with the almost 400 yards up the last. Get a short drive away or find the left hand fairway bunkers and it soon becomes a par5. The course finishes under the clubhouse windows, is as it should be, and serves as a picturesque emblem of this charming club and course.
Date: June 27, 2012