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SeanFirstly the 12th is not like the 16th, they require totally different shots.
Tony's comments confirm for me that these guys played with a very odd wind indeed. I'm guessing that on 1 it was helping and from the left? Either that or they were fobbed off with very advanced tees of the day. If I hit a really good drive on 1 I'm pleased to be hitting a 6 iron approach, playing into the wind which (bar the day I played with Scott and ndrew, which was dead still) it always is.
Tony/Sean,It would appear that maybe you didn't quite play the old lady when she had her teeth in ! As you say, Silloth is a charming course even off the medals (whites). Loads of birdies and eagles to be had but every single hole can just as easily bite if you hit a loose one.That Golf World Top 1000 UK courses book had it the 4th most difficult in the UK but I reckon that would be for the blue championship tees which are worth playing off if only once a year just to remind yourself how difficult the game can be.Its a shame you didn't play it at a bit more of a stretch because I think then you would have really got to think about the contours. Playing an approach shot with a 4 or 5 iron or longer having to land it short and work with the contours is a good bit harder and more fun than landing the ball on a green with a short iron. As you say, Silloths greens aren't really that startling although there are a few good uns.A couple of examples. The 3rd hole usually has wind maybe slightly against but more often across for the drive. Usually its across left to right. If you lose the ball to the right you end up in the grassy hollows on the right or worse. From there you haver a tricky approach into a head wind to mid iron or wood to a plateau green falling away on the left. Alternatively if you try and allow for the wind and aim left and the ball doesn't come round onto the fairway you are in a huge natural sandy waste bunker having to eithe go out sidey ways or go over a pile of junk to get to the green. Possibly a hole which gets harder the more you play it simply because the more you play it the more you appreciate its dangers.Niall
So on one hand it's too short and too easy with boring greens, but on he other hand it's so difficult that high handicappers can't face it from 6400 yards?
ScottFirst rate interpretive skills on display above. Being a journalist must come naturally to you.Ciao
Huh? A 1* for a course thast too short, too easy and with boring greens? You have a different issue than Scott. He doesn't interpret well, but you have a selective reading disability. These sorts of problems with reading tend to happen when one isn't as objective as he could be.