Had read so much about West Cliffs that my expectations were high and first impressions were certainly positive - fantastic vistas to the sea down the short par 4 10th hole. The back 9 is certainly the stronger and more attractive as it gradually climbs to higher ground. The views from the 14th and 18th tees are outstanding and make you want to launch good shots into the blue sky. The front 9 is, in comparison, good but a little more pedestrian and we found it difficult to warm to holes 1 - 4 (including the very tough SI 1 third hole), although the somewhat bonkers slopes on the par 3 5th did make us laugh / cry in equal measure. The combination of slope and wind made three putting a decent achievement and four of us are single figure players. And that rather sums up our experiences over two rounds at West Cliffs. We were delighted to have played it and very much enjoyed the natural beauty of the course and the setting but don't go expecting to relax and have fun. We played off sensible tees and it was still a proper, exacting challenge. Miss the fairway at your peril because the sand, gorse, heather and juicy vegetation will swallow your ball and wreck your calves. And if you do hit the green in regulation then don't start patting yourself on the back - if you are on the wrong section of the green then you'll be thinking about minimising the number of putts you'll take rather than necessarily holing it. A wonderful course that looks great in photos - but definitely not holiday golf. Play it but give yourself a break too and visit the other courses in the area, especially Praia del Rey.
Date: October 26, 2019