We played Sandy Hills recently and contrary to the previous review, our foursome loved this course. I agree with one of the comments below in that it’s a tough and long walk made even more difficult if you have to go ball hunting regularly in the enormous energy sapping dunes. Make sure you play off the tee that reflects your ability… we are all decent golfers ranging from low single digit to 12 handicap and found the white tees exceptionally challenging, some of the par fours into the wind were simply impossible to reach in regulation. Put your bravado aside and play off the yellows unless your game is hot… some of the carries can be quite daunting too. Most fairways are tight and you need to keep the ball in play, so use your driver sparingly and avoid spraying the ball around otherwise you will lose plenty of balls. I totally disagree that Sandy Hills is uninspiring and unexciting. This is a fun course that not only makes you think and constantly re-evaluate your shot making but it comes with magnificent 360-degree ocean/bay views and this is a course not only for the golf addict but also for the dune junky. The raised and in some cases domed greensites would have Donald Ross smiling in his grave and the par threes are simply magnificent. Perhaps the only weakness of the course is that the bunkers are sometimes hidden from view and are a little untidy around the edges but that aside, this is a world-class course that simply must be played by any serious golf course aficionado. I loved every moment of it, even the sheer exhaustion that transpired as a healthy glow when we sipped our Guinness in the wonderful new clubhouse after what was a truly memorable round.
Date: October 05, 2006