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Sean_A

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MORAY GC NEW COURSE New
« on: July 25, 2021, 06:02:35 AM »
The New Course at Moray is a very late comer to Scottish golf. Opened in 1979, the design provenance seems a bit muddled. Henry Cotton is officially credited with the design, but it may be the case that his partner, Alex Swan, was the main voice. An old Captain of Moray related that many committee members had a role in the design. It was felt something needed to be done when Cotton suggested the 18th on the Old should make way for a two tee/green - start/finish closer to the house.  The belief was few people would walk the length of a hole to start and finish play on the New. Whomever is responsible for the design of the New Course, thankfully the Old’s 18th survived. Very similar terrain to the Old, the New is characterized by more gorse lined fairways and less interesting greens. All in all, the New is a less polished effort, but remains a testing and in parts a very enjoyable course.



The opener is a relaxed handshake playing over lovely terrain.


Shorter still, the two-shot 2nd legs a bit right and is reachable for big hitters.


The par 5 third isn't terribly exciting, but I do like the green.




Similar to some other par 3s on the property, the real test of the 4th in these firm conditions is controlling the ball once it lands.


The New wakes up on the very difficult 5th. The drive doesn't suit my eye, but for those who can play a consistent fade this is heaven.


The green is a set piece sited just beyond a burn. The hole took about an extra 5 minutes to play because one and all were stood in awe at the awesome power of the Eurofighters ripping through blue skies above. There were future delays as well .




More to follow.

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« Last Edit: October 22, 2022, 09:48:05 AM by Sean_A »
New plays planned for 2024: Fraserburgh, Turnberry, Isle of Harris, Benbecula, Askernish, Traigh, Minehead, St Medan, Hankley Common, Ashridge, Gog Magog Old & Cruden Bay St Olaf

Tom_Doak

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Re: MORAY GC NEW COURSE:1-5
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2021, 10:09:00 AM »
Sean:  Did you inquire whether any holes from the original course were swapped out to be used for the New?  It seems unusual that there would have been so much room in the middle of the course to make way for a new one, though I guess Cruden Bay is similar.

Sean_A

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Re: MORAY GC NEW COURSE:1-5
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2021, 10:44:46 AM »
Sean:  Did you inquire whether any holes from the original course were swapped out to be used for the New?  It seems unusual that there would have been so much room in the middle of the course to make way for a new one, though I guess Cruden Bay is similar.

Tom

There was a 9 hole ladies course from 1905ish that was sacrificed for the New.

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New plays planned for 2024: Fraserburgh, Turnberry, Isle of Harris, Benbecula, Askernish, Traigh, Minehead, St Medan, Hankley Common, Ashridge, Gog Magog Old & Cruden Bay St Olaf

Niall C

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Re: MORAY GC NEW COURSE:1-5
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2021, 04:40:06 PM »
I've long said that the bones of Moray New are good and that is the green complexes were redone and a few judiciously placed bunkers introduced into some of the fairways, the New could be an excellent course.


Niall

Sean_A

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Re: MORAY GC NEW COURSE:1-5
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2021, 11:45:04 AM »
I've long said that the bones of Moray New are good and that is the green complexes were redone and a few judiciously placed bunkers introduced into some of the fairways, the New could be an excellent course.

Niall

The land while generally quiet, is good enough to support a better course.

MORAY NEW TOUR CONT

At about 100 yards the 6th is a mere pip of a hole. The green is unusually large for such a short hole, but there is a burn running directly across the front edge.


A substantial section of the course is on the far side of the burn, the 7th is the first entirely on this section of the property. At 423 yards, this is one of several long and difficult two-shotters. Below is the approach after a good drive.


The 8th is another long par 4, but the modest 9th is a bit more interesting.


More to follow.

Ciao
New plays planned for 2024: Fraserburgh, Turnberry, Isle of Harris, Benbecula, Askernish, Traigh, Minehead, St Medan, Hankley Common, Ashridge, Gog Magog Old & Cruden Bay St Olaf

Sean_A

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Re: MORAY GC NEW COURSE:1-9 New
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2021, 11:35:27 AM »
Moray New Cont

The back 9 strikes me as more varied, highlighted by several fine holes. A lovely hole, the 10th turns right between gorse and seaside rough to a plateau green near the beach.




The short 11th doesn't offer any thrills.  If the 11th is insignificant, the added 275 for the 12th doesn't make the hole terribly memorable.  A drive and short iron hole, #13 is more like it. The raised green isn't receptive!


An interesting par 5, #14 has a burn cutting through the fairway which can be easily carried by decent players most of the time.  However, if the drive isn't up to par or there is a big headwind, the situation can be a bit more butt clenching.  The green is also very interesting.


More to follow.

Ciao
« Last Edit: November 01, 2021, 04:14:31 AM by Sean_A »
New plays planned for 2024: Fraserburgh, Turnberry, Isle of Harris, Benbecula, Askernish, Traigh, Minehead, St Medan, Hankley Common, Ashridge, Gog Magog Old & Cruden Bay St Olaf

Sean_A

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Re: MORAY GC NEW COURSE:1-14 New
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2021, 04:10:18 AM »
Moray New Tour Cont

Moving hard right, the 15th is an intimidating hole with gorse and trees lining both sides of the fairway. Near the green play opens up, but the approach remains difficult.


Some trickery for #16. Very narrow, this short par 4 doglegs sharply left.  Its not an attractive hole, but the green has some interest.  The 17th may be unattractive, but it is a decent short hole with recovery from the left side being troublesome. The home hole is one of the better holes on the property. Play is downhill over humpty bumpty terrain. There is loads of room to miss left toward Old's 17th fairway.  In fact, it seems like the approach from this area is at least as good as from the fairway.  The green follows the general lay of land and runs front to back. The only drawback for the hole is if the 19th (Old's 18th) isn't available and one has to walk the hole instead.




The New was better than expected. Like the Old, there is a good balance of holes over proper links. There are several highlights in 6, 10, 12, 14 & 18, none of which, however, reach the best of what the Old offers. Like the Old, the fairways were substandard which will hopefully be rectified sooner rather than later.  The saving grace is the New is much less than half the price of the Old and on that basis the course represents outstanding value.  1* 2021

For those thinking of stopping in Lossiemouth I can't recommend the Links Lodge highly enough. They also have two flats in a nearby building. The 3 bedroom #14 is outstanding. However, I didn't come across any pubs or restaurants of note.

More Morayshire courses.

Cullen
https://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,69999.0.html

Moray Old
https://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,69964.0.html

Covesea
https://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,69959.0.html

Ciao
« Last Edit: December 23, 2022, 07:22:22 AM by Sean_A »
New plays planned for 2024: Fraserburgh, Turnberry, Isle of Harris, Benbecula, Askernish, Traigh, Minehead, St Medan, Hankley Common, Ashridge, Gog Magog Old & Cruden Bay St Olaf

Brian_Ewen

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Re: MORAY GC NEW COURSE
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2021, 03:57:53 PM »

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