Review for North Berwick (West)

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What can I add to all the articles below, nothing really to be honest. You just have to look at the positions in the charts of GB&I and the World to see that this a top notch course and if you are as lucky as we were to play it with next to no wind and the sun on your back well, golfing experiences don’t come much better. This was my 5th visit to the West Links, all of them in off season when the cost is more affordable without any compromise in quality or playing condition making the £35 green fee a real bargain. True, you have to play from fairway mats but believe me it is a small price to pay. Winter golf often brings winter layouts and it was no exception here. Jim has mentioned that Pit was on a temporary green, yet again, and that was disappointing, but the winter tees at 1,4 and 6 gave the round a different feel to it and, if anything, the tee position at 4 made for a better hole. Although the course is superb throughout the stretch of holes between 13 to 17 is just a cut above the rest. The aforementioned Pit starts this run followed by the aptly named Perfection which takes you down to a shore side green. The much copied and stunning Reden comes next followed by Gate, with the toughest green I have ever encountered. Hole 17, Point Garry (in), which for me is the hardest hole on the course, ends this unforgettable sequence leaving the benign 18th hole, very much in the mould of its St Andrews Old Course counterpart, to complete your golfing odyssey. North Berwick West is just a magical golfing treat and if you can fit it in before the end of February then you will get it for the bargain price of £35 and I am willing to wager that you will not play a better course, or getter a better bang for your buck for the rest of 2014. MPPJ

Date: February 09, 2014

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