Very natural, very memorable and an enjoyable golf course. I received a warm welcome in and around the clubhouse prior to playing which is always welcome especially after a long journey and starts the experience correctly. A visit to the starters hut is compulsory and this too adds to the North Berwick fun. The opening hole is not too long but with an approach to a high green, a par 4 is received greatly. It would be easy to write a short story about every hole but the front-9 pick-out best bits for me are the drive at the 2nd (don’t go right), the approach to the 7th (watch the burn) and the drive on the 9th (tight down the left side and bunkers around the landing point in the fairway). The back 9 starts with a great little par-3 and then a par-5 with plenty of trouble from the tee and towards the green. The stretch from the 13th just has to be played ….. a short par-4 with the green over a wall, another par-4 with a hidden green by the coast, the famed par-3 15th which is one the classic Scottish short holes, the 16th is a great driving hole and the approach to the 17th green will test most players. The last hole gives everyone a good birdie chance as the hole is less than 300 yards but as I often say, never think short means easy. Overlooking the final green is the majestic clubhouse which has recently been invested in heavily but has not lost the charm that would have existed here for decades. One of the great links courses and a must play.
Date: January 20, 2009