Luffness certainly has an air of refinement...I am not convinced the course quite lives up to all that.Luffness New Tour Cont
The cut lines leading to the fairways betray Luffness somewhat...it makes many of the holes look very similar. Mind you, the bunker scheme doesn't help matters. Another short par 4, however, 15 plays over lovely rumpled terrain.
It seems to me that it is often the case where the same type of hole is presented, but with a different wind direction. For sure, Luffness could use more man made variation to make up for what the terrain lacks.
The 16th is a short hole which played straight down wind on the day. Its difficult to hold the green, but doable.
We now run home with two holes beating back into the breeze. I was taken by the 17th because of the green. The fallaway on the right and the blind sloping ground beyond the bunkers gives the hole some pizzaz.
Much longer than 17, the home hole is formidable. The tee shot legs left between sentinel bunkers. There was talk about narrow fairways, but I thought they were decent width given their flatish nature. For sure, a few extra yards would have been welcome as more balls were lost at Luffness than the other two courses played on this trip, by quite some margin.
The green is cradled by major earthworks, I suspect to protect the A198 and provide a bit of privacy to finish a game. There is a good false front which encourages running play, especially with a back stop providing security.
The final few holes are a good finish to Luffness and a fine course it is. I enjoyed seeing the course as I have tried for 20 years to get there, but it never worked out until now. In retrospect, I think it is better to don the jacket and tie for a luncheon feast prior to playing as Luffness is one of those all-encompassing clubs which demands a bit of time and effort. However, the course is well off the mark of a top echelon Scottish course. Luffness is pleasurable, easy walking, challenging enough, good routing, but the man-made elements of the course don't add enough variety to the package. And this despite some very good greens which were a bit slow (undertandably given the lack of rain), but otherwise in fine nick. 2018