Turnberry has one as does Troon. Carnoustie has two and St Andrews has several. What am I talking about? Courses that are shorter, smaller siblings to their famous older brother/sister (depending on which gender you ascribe to golf courses). Alone among Scotland's Open Championship courses, Muirfield is an only child. But there are several other venues where the main course does not stand alone. The King's at Gleneagles originally had a pretty little sister (the Queen's) but they were joined by a bigger, uglier sibling a few years back. Moray, Monifieth and Montrose all have a second course as do Newmachar and Cawder. The question is : are they worth playing in their own right? While some are distinctly second-rate (Keir at Cawder, Swailend at Newmachar and Montrose Broomfield for example) others have a great deal to offer.All three Gleneagles courses are in the Scottish top100. As are five of the St Andrews links. Moray New is in there. And the latest Golf World top 100 for Scotland includes both Troon Portland and Carnoustie Burnside. Both Gullane #1 and #2 feature in all Scottish rankings. Which brings us to Struie at Dornoch. It is surely the case that no golfer makes the pilgrimage to Sutherland to play Struie. However many will play - and enjoy - it as an aperitif. Struie offers a nice variety of holes, some tree-lined others not, played over the hallowed turf and with the same fine views out to sea. A good test in its own right and a worthy companion to its illustrious sibling.
Date: June 01, 2020