Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club? I think it would take a highly experienced practitioner of the mental arts to diagnose the course....it has that many personalities! The course moves seamlessly and unexpectantly from mountain top highs, to the sublime, to the silly, to the tedious and finally to the tragic. Tom Dunn is given credit for the design, but I suspect whoever is credited that much has been altered over the years. The course is sandwiched between the town to the south and housing to the north. Fields run from the east end of the links, but they are blocked from sight just as are Crooklets Beach and Summerleaze Beach...so a visual feast Bude & NC is not. The course is blessed with fine turf, tumbling terrain and rough which is largely kept well under control. The bunker scheme, like the holes themselves, runs the gamut of quality. However, I would say most are indifferently placed, shallow and shabby. In other words, in keeping with the course!
The first five holes are marooned across Golf House Road and the opening two are very much of the dull variety. We properly get away on the legging left 3rd. Rough ground protects the corner and the land feeds toward OOB right. There is an obvious gap left of the centreline bunker, although, being a 300ish yard hole there isn't a pressing need to attack these defenses.
The raised green can be a difficult target even with wedge in hand.
We now have a long walk to the short 4th. The forked Crooklets Road is probably the reason for this, but it does seem like a lovely par 3 can be slotted into this area. Luckily, this is a good par 3. On the day we had a northwesterly wind making this a straight downwind shot.
The aforementioned Crooklets Road.
The uphill 5th is another fine hole featuring an interesting tiered green and well placed bunkers. One can use the slope of the land to work around the bunkers, but it can be difficult to judge the run-out.
We now play over more adventurous land for 6 & 7, but I must say the greens surprised me as much as anything. On the 6th the golfer is faced with the classic dilemma of hitting the drive further or laying back to high a point for a better view of the green. Again, judging that lay-up can be very challenging in keen conditions. The hole number sign is conveniently placed on a good line.
The plateau green looks an ample target....
...think again. Somebody is having a laugh, but wait until the 7th!
The green is out of this world.
There are a handful of greens which run away from play.
To add to the silliness, a slightly strong approach will find a deep chasm. This is such a preposterous hole that it must be admired.
More to follow.