oh dear. The Germans have discovered the art of building links golf courses so the near monopoly enjoyed by Scotland and Ireland in this area is at an end. This is a fantastic course in pristine condition and presided over by a Scottish magician as head greenkeeper. This is a windy course which puts a premium on accuracy off the tee and is peppered by lethal pot bunkers designed to trap the wary and unwary alike. Weather conditions for my trip were near perfect and having learned my golf on a links course and played a lot of links golf in my formative years I was delighted to visit this venue during a week of brilliant sunshine and light breezes. The first 3 holes pose a stern opening test after which things get a bit more straightforward because you remember that the key to links golf is to play within yourself and respect the natural sweep of the course. The highlight of the course is probably the finishing loop from the 14th to 18th where you play right down on the southern tip of the island with breathtaking views (especially the 15th a 100m par 3 with 3 lethal pot bunkers like lunar craters in front and the sea behind which looks like a mini version of the 16th at Cypress point. Everything about the visit was exceptional from the tee time booking to the after round drinks. The course is a joy and the pride the staff take in it fuels their desire that every single aspect of your visit should be memorable.
One thing to watch for...the tee you meet as you walk off the 4th green is NOT the 5th tee. The 5th tee is out the gate on your left and around the back of the big building on your right. You will then play 5th and 6th ending up back at 7th tee which is the one beside the 4th green.
They have clubs, carts, buggies for hire and you are assured of a great welcome and a memorable round of golf on a wonderful track.
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