A day at Rye has to be one of the most enjoyable golf has to offer. It's not about stand-out holes or a lavish clubhouse, but Rye oozes tradition and understated quality.My playing partner and I received a warm welcome from the club secretary and tucked into a superb roast beef lunch, with the obligatory and excellent treacle tart with ice cream, before venturing out onto the course. It has a fairly gentle start but really gets going with the tight 4th hole teetering along the top of a spine of sand dunes. The par 3s at Rye really impressed me, as did the variety of stances from every approach shot. The course might not be as pristine as some of the Open venues, but if you're looking for traditional links golf with plenty of challenges from tee to green, look no further. Rye slots right in alongside Silloth and just ahead of Royal Cinque Ports as one of my favourite non-Open links courses in the UK.
Date: November 14, 2011