Review for Ranfurly Castle

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As Jim McCann mentioned, reviews for Ranfurly Castle have been few and far between in recent times with the spotlight instead falling on its near neighbour at Kilmacolm, This was remedied recently on a gloriously warm June afternoon, and what a delight it turned out to be. We were advised prior to teeing off that the greens were super slick and the rough penal and that was indeed the case. The course was wonderfully presented with the greens as good as anything I have encountered this year. A tough start of 3 stout two shotters Ranfurly Castle Golf Course - Photo by reviewerbegin the round, the first two being up hill all the way. However, it was the group of holes 4 through 6 that I enjoyed the most in the outward 9. Two of these holes are par 3’s which I inexplicably dissed in my last review of 6 years ago, and although I wouldn’t necessarily call the carries heroic, they are very challenging, interesting and far from mundane. Continuing the round I also enjoyed the short par 4 10th, the par 3 13th (what was I thinking about in my last review?) and the tough finishing holes of 17 and 18. I single these holes out but I didn’t feel that there was a weak hole during the round. I am glad that I had the chance to re-visit Ranfurly Castle, not only to make amends for my par 3 faux pas from all those years ago, but also to compare Ranfurly Castle to the now lofty Kilmacolm and after having the pleasure of playing both tracks in the space of one week. I feel that they match up pretty well, you can make a case for rating Ranfurly Castle the better of the two, as in my mind, it is a more stringent test of golf. At the very least an argument can be made for considering Ranfurly Castle in the next Scottish top 100 chart along and a rise up the Renfrewshire list and I hope that it is not another 6 years before I revisit Ranfurly Castle. MPPJ

Date: July 10, 2014

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