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I played Crail for the second time this last week. When did they make the beach OOB on 4 and 5? I didnít used to be that way and I think it kinda spoils both those holes. That might be the only beach on Scotland that is OOB!
Jeff,don't you think Durness' 9th OOB might be about safety?
Quote from: James Brown on August 07, 2018, 06:35:27 AMI played Crail for the second time this last week. When did they make the beach OOB on 4 and 5? I didnít used to be that way and I think it kinda spoils both those holes. That might be the only beach on Scotland that is OOB!James,agreed the OB on 4 and 5 is a real downer with such a great hazard/ beach.But I struggle to think of a beach in Scotland not marked out of bounds.The opening 4 holes along the seas at Lundin are all staked OB which along with the silly OB on 17 tight to the left with little over there to protect, the range on 18 forcing most play down #1 fairway, and the internal OB down the side of multtiple holes (forcing play into tight adjacent fairways(esp #5,6 ,7) throughout the front and back nines-it (OB)becomes the dominant feature of what could otherwise be a cool interesting course-and makes it quite a dangerous place to play. The occasional walkers may be safer, but the players are definitely in jeopardy.Even remote Durness had massively landscape dominating, multiple ugly OB stakes along the left of its reverse Cypress Point 16th 9th hole
SEan,I agree with most of this, though I think 14 is a better hole than you give it credit for, mostly because of the difficulty of hitting the right part of the green. It's clear that not all of the land on which Crail sits is links land at all (4, 5 and 6 seem to be on arable land and I think 17 and 18 probably are too, and that not enough care has been taken to protect the links character of those parts that are links. Some of this stems from the desire to keep it green to attract US visitors, I suspect.It is a great club to be a member of, though, and I fail every year to do as I intend and resign my membership. Graeme Rennie is one of the best club pros in Scotland, too.Did you play the Craighead course while there?
You are lucky to be a member at such a wonderful place. I couldn't agree more about Graeme Rennie, one of the best club pros anywhere! Cheers
I know I discussed with the club returning the 4th and 5th to red stakes.White or red, itís actually a really unsafe part of the course with the Fife Coastal Route being frequented by many walkers.
Is that the indominatable Sterlin Forsyth stalking the 17th?