Played today, overcast then glorious sunshine, wind manageable up to 3 clubs. Loved Sandy Hills, a very tough course but a great experience. We didn't see anyone else or on the course, strange given the very long overdue sunny weather we are mercifully enjoying in this lovely corner of Ireland. In many ways the course reminded me of the sainted Castle Stuart if a bit harder - very fair, exciting, scenic, great sense of isolation on each hole, views down to the water over other golf holes, lots of skylarks and the round just flew by leaving one wanting to start again. As noted, it's a tough course and if I could make one suggestion it would be to soften some of the runoffs on the frequent elevated greens. A slightly off approach races off to a collecting gully which is typically heavily divoted. Hypothetically this might lead a player just off the right of the 17th in 2 to thin a lob wedge through the green into the marram and lose the match. Hypothetically. Also, the raised greens and chasms make ground shots sadly rare, typically it's all carry, tough in the wind. That said, Sandy Hills is brilliant fun and achieves what Trump Aberdeen doesn't in a similar setting by creating a spectacular but charming place to play golf. Would love to return, clearly the best course we've played so far in the area.
Date: April 20, 2018