Review for Pärnu Bay

Reviewer Score:
TaylorMade

Review:

Played the course on August 24, 2021. I was the only one playing golf at noon and lucky not to get eaten by bears.

Holes 1 to 5 and 10 - 13 were into the wind, playing difficult. 15-18 downwind were particularly unimaginative. The ebb and flow of the routing is unnatural. The first 4 holes are 2 par 3s and 2 par 5s.

To me what the architect tried to achieve is not understood by the greenkeeping staff, they try to keep fairways overwatered and nice and green. The greens were probably a 7 on the stimpmeter. The course has to play firm and fast. Slopes around the greens and fairways are very severe and it is easy to miss the green/fairway by 3 yards and end up in an unplayable lie. Silly golf but an enjoyable experience. Not sure about the lone tree on 12 in the middle of the fairway. Many Coore/Crenshaw like design features including tee boxes on fairways.

Overall the course is flat - should be classified as wet Florida marshlands rather than links - you can see the bay on 18 if you look hard enough. The highlight is the stylish clubhouse.

Date: August 24, 2021


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