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On the evidence of a game at the end of last week, Tadmarton continues to improve significantly, with a really quite extensive programme of tree and gorse clearance really helping both playability, conditioning and aesthetics: after a winter programme of major gorse and scrub removal, the 17th (for example) is now a much better hole, and similar clearance work is in evidence at the 15th and at other points under the club's control. Clubhouse cake and ambience still off low single figures, I am happy to report: there can't be many nicer, and cosier winter spots in British golf than the old farmhouse club room beyond the dining area.
Taddy, to me at least, has a special 'aura' to it. Difficult to define in words as this may be. It's somehow a thoroughly nice place to spend 3-4 hours and walk off with a smile on the face wanting to play again rather than feel beaten-up and exhausted.As to the course itself, well short on the card it may be but it's been enhanced over the last few years with revised and repositioned bunkering such that more 'playing of the angles' is now necessary. Some of the greens are rather small and some are rather rascally, like the 2nd, 8th, and 9th, whilst some have more to them than initially meets the eye with several sloping downwards from front to rear. There are a nice variety of hole lengths too with, unusual these days, short par-3's and there are several par-4's over or near to 400 yds which play into the prevailing wind.The fact that the course on a pretty flat, easy walking, well conditioned, heathland, sandy, well draining site appeals to me too and then there are the epically yummy cakes and pies served through the hatch in the delightful Clubhouse. atb