Having read all the rave reviews I was really looking forward to my visit - what a let down!First gripe - visitors only allowed to use yellow tees. This reduces many of the holes to a drive and a wedge. If we have paid a full green fee why can't we play the full course?The course starts with 2 very bland par 4's - each of which are semi blind and are no more than a drive and a wedge of the yellows. The front nine in general was exceptionally easy - I was level gross of 12 without holing anything. People have commented about the par 5 7th - not sure a par 5 that requires a drive and 2 wedges is a great hole. You could go for it in 2 but there is so much trouble near the green that it doesn't merit the risk.The back 9 is better and does require the use of a few more clubs in the bag - the par 3 13th in particular is a tough hole with water lurking right. The 17th is a decent enough par 5 but there is just no trouble - hardly any bunkers, no rough to speak off etc, etc. The 18th would be a very good finishing hole off the whites, but of the yellows it was a fairly undaunting mid iron to a large green. Overall, a well presented course, with good greens in a very nice setting, but with too many blind/ semi blind holes. If you want to be tested then this is not the place unless you can play off the whites.
Date: August 14, 2011