Royal St David’s
We played this course in the long hot summer of 2018 so the links was white whilst running at full speed. Great course where the holes were well defined from the tee with well protected greens where wayward second shots found the bunkers. The front is flatish with a nice backdrop of the hills while the back nine are amongst the sand dunes which make a nice variety. Holes 7 and 8 are par fives where the player can drive on with abandon pleasure. Hole 10 was my favorite at index 1. On the back there are no par fives on the card.
The par for the course is 69 while standard scratch score is 73 off white. Golfers need to score on the front as in reality 13, 15 and 17 could be par fives giving a card par of 72. So reaching some of these greens in two is a dream for the average handicapper. A pleasure to play, where the player will be keen to retry the back nine if it did not go well. Dampen your expectation for the final hole a rather disappointing flat par 3 having had great par threes on 11th and 14th.
Good ambience, great design variety where the holes pose a variety of risks and rewards and equally test length, accuracy and finesse. Shot value was high rewarding a risk- fair and tough. Greens conditions were below average. pd July ‘18
Date: July 22, 2018