Review for Saunton (West)

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We played Saunton last week in the esteemed and very enjoyable company of our Editor in Chief under an eventually cloudless blue sky in 2 club winds on a links that felt like July due to the very dry Spring. I really wanted to rate the two courses without reference to each other, but it's tough when the land is shared. Saunton is an excellent 36 hole setup in a beautiful location, and probably the hardest amongst 2+ course clubs to identify the "best" course, particularly with the recent excellent improvements to the West. The West benefits from the most obviously spectacular setting on the property whilst the East has probably the better conditioning as the senior partner. It would be facile to try to rank twins or the discs on a double album, so I will try not to.

Saunton feels like a fantastic 36 hole golf course, long yet compact and easily walkable, and should be played as such, but with the caveat that you should allow sufficient time for the excellent, good value lunch in the friendly yet efficient club house. On our visit the courses were chocker with happy golfers with attendant pace of play issues in such a beautiful place. Maybe the club could get rangers out a little more frequently to support the excellent starters?

In summary the West is a very enjoyable course which benefits greatly from the clearly significant recent investments with good greens and interesting variety in holes from the great start onwards. Make a day of it and you will leave a very happy golfer.

Date: May 16, 2017

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