I returned to Saunton to play both courses in April and we played in a heat wave with temperatures more akin to Spain. Played the West course in the morning and the bigger, grander East in the afternoon. It was a fantastic 36-hole combination and I’m not sure whether I prefer the less big West course to its older brother the East. If there were a criticism of the East course then it would be that there are not enough par fives to break the monotony of par fours and there are only three one-shot holes and two of those are mere flicks with a short iron. You hit the run of par fours at the 6th and it’s not until the 13th that you get a break. Naturally a course with thirteen par fours is tough and there is no doubt that the East course is a tremendous test but I wish it had a little more variation. That said, I would be a very happy man if Saunton were my home club. I think Saunton has the finest 36 holes of links golf in Britain, arguably only St Andrews comes close.
Date: November 07, 2009