As a frequent visitor to this fantastic inland course I am amazed that it is not a lot busier, every time I play it gets better - hardly surprising as it is still very much in its infancy.The fairways are always in immaculate condition and the huge greens run fast and true - 12 months of the year - how amny other prestige courses can say that? The multiple tee pods and multiple pin positions mean that you rarely play the same layout twice.In my humble opinion if the course had it's own clubhouse, rather than having a small pro shop inside the hotel it would be talked about as one of the finest courses in Northern Ireland, but as it is I would consider it to be a hidden gem.Yes there is plenty of trees and plenty of water, but that only adds to the visual appeal. This is a course that makes you think - if you're a hit it, find it, hit it again merchant this course will not suit you as you have to navigate your way around each hole with precision. Wayward tee shots bring the water/trees into play and with the enormous greens you can easily 3-4 putt if you leave your approach on the wrong side of the contoured greens.All in all, an absolute gem.
Date: August 28, 2010