My favourite course on a recent trip to Scotland, and possibly more of a treat to play than Turnberry. The starter at North Berwick like so many other Scottish courses has the natural ability to make everyone feel welcome and get you on your way without feeling nerves. The wide open first fairway is a contributory factor too. The course is an out and back links where the best holes are found nearer to the clubhouse: the weakest holes being round the turn in my view. Given the universal acclaim in which the course is held the following will sound silly, but it makes you wonder why more courses cannot be designed this way: in harmony with the land, with great variety, full of innovative features that work, with options aplenty from the tee and around the green. Of course the excellent views to the town, Bass rock and the sea elevate the course beyond what most courses can offer. To come back to the clubhouse in the dying rays of a beautiful sunset made it that bit more special.
Date: September 14, 2011