This review is based on the as yet incomplete remodelling work on the Himalayas 9 - the new hole and development of the existing holes will definitely bring it up to the same calibre as the other 18 holes on the property. There is definitely a lot more quirkiness than the Shore/Dunes loops, with some wasteland bunkering, odd creeks or ponds and a tree-lined section at the start of the nine. The first has seen some extensive re-bunkering work and the new layout will definitely make people think about pulling driver - it now looks quite intimidating from the tee. The second was a definite head-scratcher as it was hard to tell what the line was (understandably, given the course guide looks very different to reality). When this is finished though it'll be another great hole. The stretch from 4-7 was definitely my favourite though, with the par 5 sixth hole being one of the best on the whole course in my mind and the bunkerless 7th hole is a great par three that really changes dependent on the wind. I found the 8th a bit curious, to be honest, and the two pools of water on the right just didn't seem to fit with the character of the course, but I'm sure this will make sense when all the work is finished. Finally, the closing hole is a classy finish, requiring two good shots to hit and hold the green. Again, it's a nice routing and you can see what they're doing - I look forward to playing it again when it's all finished!
Date: March 25, 2018