The New Zealand Golf Club is very much a world away from the trials and tribulations of the rush of modern life... The course starts with a gentle par 4 in front of the clubhouse - with just enough option to slice one through the secretary's window to keep you on your toes (let's face it all first tees should bring in the embarassment factor)- but get away and you should be fine. It's old fashioned in a 'Brancaster sort' of way - and the deadman lockers are a view into the old school. It's certainly not a long course but it's fantastically well framed with rhodies and the like and in May must be spectacular to say the least. The greens get a B for pace and run - but that's ok as the course does pretty much make up for it - and you just need to make sure your putting is aggressive. Whilst it's short and puts a premium on accuracy, I actually found (2 Prov's later) that it actually rewarded the braver hitter and actually playing for position was often just as likely to feed the splendid, plentiful and hungry heather. Par 3's stand out - as do the clubhouse sarnies. To my mind, I prefer the likes of Sunningdale, St George's Hill in the immediate area - but would I play it again - absolutely - and it's really like playing on your own, as the course is rarely busy. Has the secret aura of gem that should be on your play list. Liked it. Liked it alot.
Date: January 18, 2010