No words needed.
No words needed.
Autumn Meeting 2015, ready to go.
Playing the Ailsa course is an experience you will never forget in your life. Exceptional views on Ailsa Craig (an island in the Firth of Clyde giving shelter to many birds and other sea animals) as well as a lighthouse situated right next to the 9th hole are landmark impressions and a must-see when playing golf in Scotland. Needless to say that the design & layout of the course are outstanding and it should be even further improved with the upcoming changes – without any doubt it has been a very honorable host of THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS for decades. Despite being a slightly costly experience, the 5star hotel can round off your stay and offer extra amenities :)
Kingsbarns resembles one of the very true experiences of links golf and is right up there with the likes of the Old Course in St. Andrews or the Castle Course (despite each of them being very different). On sunny and windy day I experienced the full beauty of Kingsbarns especially on the 12th hole, a magnificent Par 5 along the shore which is risk-rewarding for the long-hitters (admittedly, the birdie and 7/6 win over my friend did help for this judgment :) ). The knowledgeable “local” golfer may have an advantage on some of the lines yet it is still manageable. To me, a caddy is not a “must-have” and I suggest spending that money rather on a 2nd round in the afternoon! The friendly staff in the clubhouse rounds off this unforgettable experience, a small gift at the 1st tee makes it even last longer.
I have just come back from my first ever round at the Evian Resort Golf Club and must admit that I was extremely positively surprised. Due to the limited space and hillside landscape I had expected a bit of a tricky golf course with loads of undulation, badly accessible doglegs and partly blind shots. Ok, a couple of holes are a bit of a “up-and-down” walk but without the heat we exceptionally experienced on the day this is certainly manageable (and for anyone who is not good walking there are buggies available :) ). In any case I can promise that the layout of the course makes up for nearly all your efforts, even on a day where your shots go anywhere but straight: If you are still asleep on the 1st hole you will be certainly wake up on the 2nd tee-box – this downhill Par 3 is one of the landmark holes and provides the most spectacular view over the Lac Leman. And you should be far from thinking that this is the only occasion to breath in some fresh air from the water. It feels like you can enjoy a view on the lake on more than 10 holes, always from a different angle and height. Paired with narrow fairways, a generally very good course condition (the greens were overhauled a couple of years ago) as well as professional practice facilities (yet some 500m away from the Clubhouse and only reachable by car), the Evian Resort Golf Club is certainly a one-off experience for golfers of any strength and a worthy host of the so called “5th major”, The Evian Championship played in September every year.
Chouchou Arthur ;) As mentioned I will unfortunately not make it to the "all square open", but will surely think of you during the day. Next time, ok!?! Cheerio
A walk in the park.
The harder I practice, the luckier I get.
If you could eliminate the occasional bad shot you would be the first person to do so. (John Jacobs)
In St. Andrews, love it.