A cracking opening hole sets the scene. A course that has a huge reputation and I appreciate the overall sentiment towards this course but I reckon there are just too many uninteresting holes to get it into 6 ball territory.
The outward 9 is the best as the inward 9 contains a few average holes. The first 9 is played through great dunes but the 4th let's it down a bit. The 4th a short par 4 that has big trouble both sides feels like a filler and the par 3 5th is a tough hole if you don’t hit the green. Fall 1 foot short and you roll back over the road.
The pace picks up with some magnificent holes 6-10.
I can see why not everyone loves the 10th. Possibly the most difficult hole I have ever played. Take driver and you have 10 yards to land it on the fairway. Then getting it stay on the fairway if you have hit a long draw is another matter with a creek running up against the fairway. Best to take 4 iron to the safe part of the fairway but then you have 200 yards or so in. Tough hole, probably too tough.
Some of the holes 11-15 seem to cover similar territory – sloping land and with a left to right cross wind you really need to aim well left to have any hope of holding the fairway.
Strong finishing holes were needed and delivered. All up a course that honestly does have too many average holes to be considered 6 balls. Strip these out and the remaining 13 or so holes are fantastic. The other 6 ballers I have given (P/Porth, Western Gailes, Cruden Bay, Birkdale, Dirleton) all have some average holes but not as many, nor as average. RLSA, Carnoustie, RCP, Hillside, Formby for eg all got 5 balls so it is in great company. Warren from Aust
Date: August 06, 2018