So many trees, so many dog legs……..
Stand on the Ist tee and look up hill to the flag and take in the extraordinary pattern of green. There is the light green of a shorn fairway, dark long grass, and even longer lighter fronded grass and many more hues of the leaves on the trees framing the whole. It is the first of 18 satisfying vistas as the course winds its way through a series of interlocking doglegs, short inter connecting holes and long par five’s which seem to be endlessly climbing or descending hills.
None of the slopes are challenging but it was rare to hit a ball on flat ground. On the early part of the course, the misty blue hills provided a long distance perspective. There was no drama built into the course, no amazing holes but drama emerged as this course challenges the player to hit straight onto the green. Sometimes that was too big an ask. There are several places such as the 18th where if you cannot be straight your card is destroyed.
All the greens are meadow or bent grass but the tees vary in construction some are sand based others are native soil. Being there in that setting, moving from one tree lined fairway to the next is relaxing, calming and a delightful prelude to good food and excellent wine in the Clubhouse.