Played the west course in May 2018, but only just got around to reviewing. Was on holiday in Devon staying near by, and like always take my clubs. Stopped by the pro shop and asked for a half hour lesson, then asked the pro if he would like to play 18 holes later in the week. Well he agreed, and we whizzed around the West course in a buggy together. (both playing some good golf)
The course is very good, although wouldn't say a classical links course. (quite flat around holes 5-13) When we played the weather had been fine and the fairways were running fast. Which meant that all the par 5s were reachable with irons, as this isn't a long course (if you carry driver 270, ball will roll to 320 easily). But this is a course where you need to plot your way around. Greens are excellent, as you would expect. Fairways fast and firm, and the rough not too penal apart from one hole near the end where i lost my ball in the rough only 5 yards left of the green!
I haven't played the other Saunton course (yet) so cant compare, but the west course is a great course and would definitely play again.
The holes i remember most are 1,2,18. I'm never sure about finishing a round with a par 3, but this is a good one. (also the penultimate par 3 is a great hole, but cant remember which hole it is)
It is quite expensive, but that's the price you pay for playing a top course.
Date: August 04, 2020