I last played Panmure over 28 years ago as part of a 4 day Comp. This was long before the days of Review sites and knowledge of the dreaded Rankings!!
I remember then that it was my favourite of the 4 courses (one of which was Carnoustie Championship!) but my memory of the course had grown vague with time. After returning all these years later and having added many more courses to my list of those played it still stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of them.
Panmure is a traditional Scottish Golf Club. They have maintained the old style Club House in favour of raising it to the ground and replacing it with some ultra modern monstrosity and the walls are laden with memories of the past golfing history of this great Club and are a fascinating way to spend a few minutes until it's time to go to the 1st Tee via the practice ground of course.
Those of a similar mind could quite happily while away the hours at the practice facilities. A new short game area with practice bunkers, a 250 yard range for use with range balls, a separate range area for use with your own balls and a putting green mean there is no excuse for not being prepared for the challenge that awaits you on the Course.
The course itself is perfect in every way, a great selection of one shotters, some strategic and challenging par 4's and some par 5's that will challenge the bigger hitters to go for it but at the same time challenge the more modest hitters in their quest to find the right lay up spots. The turf is an absolute pleasure to strike irons off and the greens complexes are a joy to test yourself on.
The stand out hole is without doubt the 6th (Hogan), a modest tee shot will find the fairway but this hole is all about the second shot. Slightly uphill into a green guarded by the infamous Hogan bunker and heather clad mounds. There is little room for error and a par here will gain at least one possibly two shots on your playing partners.
Panmure is a must play for any serious golfer, the experience from start to finish is first class and every facet of the Club delivers.
I will not be waiting 28 years to go back.
Date: August 10, 2021