This is a flat seaside course with about five holes running right along the shoreline. But the odd thing is, there is not even a glimpse of the sea. A wall of trees and buckthorn shrubs runs along the seaside boundary, no doubt planted years ago to help eliminate erosion.
Weston-Super-Mare is built on a small site but makes clever use of space with, for example, the 1st and 10th holes having semi-shared fairways. A dominating feature is Uphill Church, which sits above the far end of the course on top of a steeply angled hill.
The first four holes all run along the shore boundary with buckthorn and out of bounds on the right. Five and six are longer par fours across the road near the caravan park. This area, known as Brean Downs, looks across to Uphill Church and its sheer drop at the back.
Coming back across the road, the home run is on very flat terrain, punctuated by a number of drains and small burns. Weston-Super-Mare is worth a look because of the Mackenzie connection in particular - bunkers are quite shallow and greens fairly flat so the feeling is more of holiday golf.
This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every English course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
Date: May 19, 2015