Played here, first time, on Thursday 6/21/18.
The historical significance of this course, as an original Alister McKenzie design, is one attraction, especially since, aside from the growth of trees and addition of homes around the course, is virtually the same as when opened in 1929. I've had this course on my bucket list for quite some time and was not dissapointed. Spectacular, challenging and a great sense of history throughout the round.
I had perfect conditions: 65-70 degrees, clear skies and just a mild breeze, so couldn't have been anyy better in that regard.
Conditions were excellent throughout.
Tee boxes level and well maintained.
Fairways lush, a little firm and always yielded perfect lie.
Greens were fast and firm, and treacherous. Very large in most cases, with a lot of undulations, and even more sublte breaks. Kept wishing I had (either) a local with a lot of course knowledge or a caddy to get me around the greens. (Always important to try to get to the proper side or level of each green, as slight misses created 3 putts, or worse)
Bunkers (fairway and greenside) are numerous. I was fortunate to avoid most, but the (2) I played from, 1-fairway and 1-greenside, were excellent. Bunkers are scorecard wreckers as well, as some are very steep / deep faced and playing partners had more than a few which they did not escape on first try.
Rough was thick, sticky and penal. Varied in length from just a couple if inches to 4-5". Usually expect to add a stroke when missing.
Some crazy pin placements on this day, which although added a few strokes to the score, were fun to experiment with. In some cases more than one route was available to get to the hole.
Great service inside and at start. No service on the course, but a drive thru bar / refreshement stand coming off of # 9.
Absolutely loved this place, the layout, the conditions and aside from a quirky driving range, which required a shuttle drive, nothing to complain about. (Driving range ran opposite direction and parallel to first tee). Large putting and chipping area adjacent to 1st tee.
Highly recommend.» Close