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We often profile here the truly top notch/world class golf courses, of all types: from the Bandon courses to Fishers Island, from those of the Australian sandbelt to the Scottish links, from Prairie Dunes to Garden City. But Sean's courses in general, and a course like Elie in particular, while they might not be 9s or 10s or even 8s, seem to define and embody "golf" in such a sublime and perfect way -- but in a way I can't put my finger on. Is there a word that captures this?Peter, I often think of these as 'authentic' courses. These courses were built to 'serve' a community, and they do that well.Recreation, exercise, connection with both nature and community are all provided in an affordable and sporty environment.Marketing, ratings, media, costly construction and conditioning and the multipurpose clubhouse, do not feature.In many ways - real golf.Nice to see ElieLyne
Authentic is really the perfect word for Elie.I've opined on Elie multiple times since experiencing it- truly fun adventurous golf that feels as if it's played on land that could never have been intended for any other use. By far the most pleasant surprise of my trip to Scotland even with large excitement to play there from studying up online. The course is paced excellently. Long to short, downwind to upwind and across - we truly never noticed there were 16 par 4's (although #3 played longer than a couple of the others). It has everything one could ask for in a home club and locals are lucky to be able to play a course everyday that I would gladly travel thousands of miles for another opportunity.
Malcolm,sorry but I do not agree with your assessment of the land at Elie. It is links land as it certainly was low quality grazing land by the sea. It might not be dune land but that is not the definition of links land.Jon
Dear Rich Goodale,Thank you for the elusive Elie story.I love the honest golf at Elie with so many run away greens. But, as much as I admire Elie it is not true links land. I think the natural links lands that connect Lundin and Leven and the Old Tom Morris holes there are damn near the finest golf holes in Fife.Just my own opinion!Best!Malcolm
Carl,Right of the wall on the first isn't a pasture, it's a nine hole children's course.
Almost every green has a trick to approaching it. Members know that the ball will work in from the left on 1, you can fly it to the green on 2 but short of any flag, work it in from short left on 3, be the right side of the ridge on 4, work it in from short right on 5, land it short on 6 and use the slope, etc., etc.