Played the 'Corks' and 'Olives' in Sept 2009 and they were a delight. The Corks nine is fairly straightforward to start with, easing you into the round nicely. It is open and allows you to open the shoulders a bit. As you near the end of the nine things start to tighten up a bit and the Olives course is a bigger challenge. There are some long holes with water everywhere and shorter ones that you really have to pick your way through, dropping accurately placed iron shots on to the spaces between bunkers and ponds. It's not a place to be struggling with the irons. The greens are massive, but not only that, they are slick and have plenty of subtle (and less subtle slopes), in some senses they are, along with the water, the key to the courses defence.The 17th island green is lovely, but even lovlier if you hit it. The 18th is a good hole too - with a steep par 4 just what's needed after a long round in the hot sun. Nevertheless a pleasant patio'd lunch and drinking area welcomes the tired golfer. It is a good course, worth a visit, the facilities and club house are splendid. I would also add that the course is a delight for the nature lover and bird watcher, there are a whole host of different species there and a lot of information around about them. It adds to the experience. Although the ducks can be a little noisy on the backswing.
Date: September 23, 2009