Royal Lytham & St Annes is a wonderful course and a lovely surprise to anyone playing it for the 1st time. We had heard the often used put downs "its in the middle of a housing estate", "there are no sea views" and "it starts with a par 3" and were expecting an 8 out of 10 course. However we were totally blown away (literally!) by the fantastic front 9. Many have said Royal Aberdeen has the best front 9 in links golf - I prefer Lytham's. The routing is superb, the elevation change frightening and the bunkers are as penal as you can get. The back 9 is not as good but still maintains a high standard and the closing 3 holes are made more exciting due to the history associated with them (Seve's car park shot at the 16th, Bobby Jones miraculous shot at 17th etc). The last is a great hole trying to drive in between two diagonal lines of bunkers and then hitting towards the clubhouse. A fantastic course and a must play.
Date: May 14, 2013