The year to date:
Gog Magog (Old)
Gog Magog (Wandlebury)
One slightly heretical footnote: I have now played four times at Pennard, in visits spanning nearly thirty years, and I still don't quite get the profound love shared by many friends on this site. It's partly that on recent visits conditioning seems to have crossed the line from 'pleasingly shaggy and natural' to 'frankly, a bit of a mess', but it's not just that. Within Wales, Pennard does have a bit of a marmite reputation as a course about which people seem to have strong views, one way or the other, and I guess that for once I find myself on the wrong side of a GCA enthusiasm. I would equate it, on my personal principality chart, with Southerndown, another elevated course of natural charm where the greens last month were not good after a tough winter, and need to come on greatly over the next few weeks in readiness for the Welsh Amateur Championship later this summer. I continue to think that both Porthcawl and Harlech are in a quite different league and not just because (on the evidence of the past few weeks) the greens at both are currently terrific. But I am not a remotely neutral observer.
Most enjoyable new experience of 2016 - Delamere, a little ahead (for me) of Wallasey, but both were great fun in different ways, as was (my other newbie) Tadmarton. So altogether, a pretty pleasing first half.