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Mark - you know, I honestly don't know if I'd even put the links-land above it. I can understand,of course, why others would, i.e. the ideal kind of soil and turf of the links-land, the wind, the sea, the width, the essential nature of the game. But maybe it's because, while I like the sea/coastline well enough I am am not drawn to it, or maybe because the inland's combination of gently rolling land, and vistas, and canted fairways and uphill/downhill shots, and the (smart use of) trees seems more varied/interesting to me, I find myself thinking that if I could take only one trip to the UK (and I've never been there before), I'd choose a trip to the inlands rather than the coast. Peter
Look forward to more, Sean, as always. And, after years of reading your profiles of lesser known English inland courses, I've come to the conclusion that any architect (past or present) who HASN'T designed a course in that region is working with an insurmountable handicap, and has been severely disadvantaged. For me, there is no topography, no setting, no climate and no prevailing/dominant ethos better suited to creating fine, interesting and playable golf courses than the English inlands. Peter