An interesting course, quite stark in places. Reminded me somewhat of Connemara in Galway, Ireland. Barely a tree or scrub around and a desolate look and feel to it. Naturally these are great ingredients to have in a golf course. A rollicking course played over massive undulations and hills. Not really a heavily duned course and the blind shots are quite obvious – usually they are on long drives with the marker post maybe a 100-200m ahead of you so no real need to guess too much what you need to do. Some heavily sloped fairways means holding the ball on your intended line is impossible, especially in the fast, dusty conditions the summer of 2018 has presented.
The par 3s are tough with some long accurate shots required, otherwise run offs will severely punish any mis-hit or mis-clubbed shot. There are no poor holes and some great ones. The finish, like Pyle & kenfig, is long but with two of the last three holes par 5s, if you are not too tired from the walk, you do have some great opportunities to finish with a score.
This is the last course I have played in my 11 day tour of all links courses (except for Royal Porthcawl which was closed for a tournament and Swansea bay) and whilst not quite the best it was a strong course to finish on. Perranporth was the massive surprise packet and Weston – super-Mare and Channel course the disappointments. For the interested the following is my ranking of these 15 courses. Warren from Aust
1. Saunton East
3. St Enodoc
6. Saunton West
7. Burnham & Berrow Championship
10. West Cornwall
15. Burnham & Berrow Channel
Date: September 18, 2018