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First up was Pennard. I won't post photos. If you haven't seen enough by now to convince you of Pennard's Pleasures, another 20 photos won't matter.
Quote from: Sean_A on April 02, 2014, 12:51:09 PMFirst up was Pennard. I won't post photos. If you haven't seen enough by now to convince you of Pennard's Pleasures, another 20 photos won't matter. You're right, more pics won't do it. How about a hole by hole v RCP?
I'm not sure I understand about the conditioning ... Sean says it was bad, Jeff says it was good, and you were playing it TOGETHER?
More on Porthcawl.I had played there before on the first day of Buda 2010. Despite great company and playing well, I walked off thinking nice course but not really that excited. Perhaps it was tiredness – I had hardly slept the night before and had driven down from London- but I didn’t really ‘get it’. It may have had something to do with the level lies (see post above) but that’s equally true of e.g. Hoylake and Turnberry and I loved them. So with lower expectations this time, I came away wondering what had I been thinking? This time we played with a stiff wind from the east (behind us on the first few holes) and I loved it to a surprising degree. It may lack the all world type holes that stand out in your memory when you’ve walked 6 rounds in 4 days, but is that because all the holes are strong?- 18 really solid holes where every shot interests you. One of the most enjoyable moment was on the 12th hole. Par 5, in the afternoon. As we stood over his ball on the fairway I suggested to Jeff that the second shot on this hole was the only uninteresting shot on the course, being a case of “Just move it forward”. Jeff smiled at me and pulled out his driver….- Some holes ARE surprising. Doglegs seem more frequent on this links than many others. Fairways are cut in half (yes I know some people hate this but they’re…wrong). And for a Championship course there’s a couple of downhill shots into green running away from you that are the equal of those at Elie. There’s a lot more variety than I remembered. I only went back to Portcawl as I had an extra day to add to the trip. In future I will look forward to a Porthcawl/Pennard trip as one of the great doubles in golf. Recommended.
The third is named in honour of Dai Rees. The hole takes us about face for a very long 381 yards. The drive is tight and the approach is tighter - excellent hole!
The image of Tenby that comes up by default on Google Earth is from 2006, which clearly shows 8 and 9 under development with the old 8 green in the middle of the new 8 fairway. Anyone know why they did not use the old 8 tees for the new 8 and make it a par 5?
Just a few miles down the road from Royal Porthcawl is Pyle & Kenfig GC. Its remarkable that a links (downland?) front nine designed by HS Colt could go so unnoticed in this world of chasing the work of famous architects. Yet, this is certainly the case. The course is split by a busy road and most golfers look forward to the handful of links holes on the back nine; #s 12-15. Much of this part of the course was designed by Philip Mackenzie Ross. Ross was not a terribly well known architect despite apprenticing with one of the greats, Tom Simpson, breathing life back into Turnberry soon after WWII and designing the well respected Southerness. It is clear the front nine is more than competent golf, everything seems to be in the right place and the greens have some interest, particularlywith the wee fall offs working in tandem with canted greens; perhaps the second is the best example. It does, however, seem as though these holes are lacking a sense of adventure. If this is the case, it could well be down to the lack of adventurous land. That said, the short 7th is a hole of particular merit. The small green flows smoothly into a slight incline and offers interesting contours. Despite the pleasant surroundings and much better than average golf, the front nine is not what golfers travel serious distances to play, but I can easily see why members would enjoy themselves on a weekly basis.More to follow.Ciao