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Thomas Dai

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Re: ROYAL ASHDOWN FOREST Is No Pooh
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2013, 04:03:57 PM »
I've not played RAF so would be interested to know from those who've played both how it compare to my own bunkerless favourite, Minchinhampton Old, cattle and horses at M-O excepted?
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Sean_A

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Re: ROYAL ASHDOWN FOREST Is No Pooh
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2013, 05:18:09 AM »
I've not played RAF so would be interested to know from those who've played both how it compare to my own bunkerless favourite, Minchinhampton Old, cattle and horses at M-O excepted?
All the best.  

TD

While similar in that both courses are bunkerless and beautiful, these two are very different.  RAF has better greens in terms of interest and condition, its much hillier and its much more aerial based golf - you can read penal here.  Nobody will say it, but thats what a lot of forced carries combined with dictated driving is.  That said, RAF is probably the most gentle penal design I have come across, maybe because most of the carries don't normally involve a lost ball penalty.  In truth, most of the best holes at RAF are on the penal side which is a very pleasant surprise and does show that penal golf needn't be an exercise in futility for average golfers.    

Minch Old is very basic with its challenges and conditioning, much more like old time golf compared to RAF (and practically anywhere).  Yet the course is quite pleasant; for me mainly because of its simplicity and shared use of space.  I definitely prefer Minch Old, but much of that is due to the cheap green fee which is very commensurate with the product.  

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James Boon

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Re: ROYAL ASHDOWN FOREST Is No Pooh
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2013, 08:34:12 AM »
Sean,

Thanks as ever for the photos and write up on RAF.

have you, or any other GCAers for that matter, played the other course there, the West course? From a quick look on Google Maps aerial, it looks similar, though you never hear anything of it (apart from this months Golf World!)

Cheers,

James
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