Played on my own after getting a late day special price of £40 for the round. Had the course to myself (sad or what) and really took my time as I attempted to play the 7,000 yard track.
Greens were a bit off season, which is fair enough at this time of year. They looked decent and rolled well - no excuses there.
Like a lot of new courses, the turf is still developing, and is patchy in some places. However, in time this will obviously improve.
It was howling and rainy when I played, and if you a high handicap player expeect to take at least half a dozen more shots than usual.
The tees are good quality and although there are a few blind shots, generally the view is good and the line is easy to see. Distances for approaches are a problem though, and I found the markers on the fairways to be of little use (I have played off 1 in the past).
Fairways are reasonable, but hit the ball into the heather (often side by side with the fairway) aand you are dead. Deceased in fact, as I tried to strike a ball with a nine iron from the heather and moved it 15 feet. This was a decent effort.
Bunkers are huge and many, but keep it reasonably straight and you will be fine.
The long walk between one and two and seventeen and eighteen are a pain, but some of the views are quite amazing. I have added one photo of a rainbow which was magnificent to see.
Overall, I think this could be a grower in the long run. If it's windy, it is a monster for the usual club player, but a great test for people who want to try their hand at a pro-length course. Just take plenty of balls.
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