07 Aug 13
In recent weeks I have embarked on several trips taking me from Aberdeen to Cornwall to Herefordshire and Kent. I played many distinguished and exceptional courses, including two of my favourites, Kington and St Enodoc. I rediscovered Perranporth, a gem if there ever was one, stumbled across Carnoustie’s wonderful Burnside links and teed it up at three Royals. The weather was (and continues to be) outstanding, generally providing for biscuit brown, fast and firm conditions. The line-up was as follows:
Trump Aberdeen: Touted by many as a top 100 World course.
Carnoustie Burnside: One of the biggest surprises this summer. A lot of subtle shots mixed with interesting greens.
Royal Aberdeen: A very classy and difficult out n’ back links. The city doesn’t have much of a reputation, but e enjoyed ourselves and dined very well.
Cruden Bay: This trip confirmed for me its greatness, much in the same vein as North Berwick.
Montrose Medal: An ancient links with a handful of lovely holes.
Kington: The best bunkerless course with which I am acquainted; not to be missed.
Bearwood Lakes: A newish parkland/heathland hybrid on beautifully rolling land not far from Reading.
Perranporth: A rollicking links with an outstanding set of short tw0-shotters.
St Enodoc: Beauty and brains!
Royal Ashdown Forest: A highly reputable bunker-free design which is like stepping back to 1900.
Royal Cinque Ports: A sleeper which gets better and better with each visit.
There you have it, eleven courses, all of which are worth playing for one reason or another. However, it is Perranporth which tugs at me for a quick return visit. Maybe it will come off next summer. In the meantime I will have to remain content with visiting a course I have yet to see; Hesketh. When I do hear talk of Hesketh it is in hushed tones extolling its subtle excellence. We shall see!