What a tough course! I played in a competition there a few weeks back and really struggled. The wind was described by a local as 'fresh' however I thought it pretty damn windy! I am a fairly long hitter and often struggled to get anywhere near the green in two (We were playing off the back tees). Although I played no-where near my handicap it was a fun couple of days and I thought nearly as difficult as Royal Lytham St Annes but austere rather than magnificient. Royal Birkdale remains my favourite of all the NW courses...by a clear margin.
Date: June 05, 2007