Prior to playing in April 09, I read an article by the architect saying that he wanted to create a course that was fun and, provided he achieved that objective, he didn't care if he received some criticism. Well, in my foursome, no one approached their handicap despite fine weather and what the locals probably call a breeze...but we all really enjoyed ourselves and found some fantastic golf holes (with 6 and 17 obviously real stand-outs) on great land. It was very hard - between 5 and 10 shots harder that the Old Course in our opinion - with some of the greens verging on the ridiculous (the 10th and 14th spring to mind). Apparently, the Trust will make some adjustments when the contract with the architect ends soon; if they tone down the most extreme of the greens then they will have the putting surfaces that the very good course, top rate facilities and stunning location warrant.
Date: May 25, 2009