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I have written much about Dornoch in the past so my views are well known.Dornoch is about the whole package. The village is one of the few in Sutherland to offer that wonderful feeling off village life which the visitor can stroll through and soak in. This is a big plus for Dornoch. Brora and to a lesser extent Golspie are much less attractive to stroll around and both villages need to buck up their ideas if they wish to attract more visitors.I have always found the club, it's staff and members to be very welcoming as is the case at both other clubs.The course at Dornoch has a spectacular setting and some very good holes but does it have an all world hole? I am afraid I do not see the charm of Foxy except that it is a very good green complex though this is somewhat ruined by the softness of the base of the bankings which are overwatered from the green irrigation. The drive seems very one dimensional. I would put the 15th and 17th well ahead. The biggest gripe I have is the course is very repetitive asking the player the same question over and over with its raised greens and often no realistic run up shot. The par 3s three of which are great and one poor are all a bit samey to so as a set not so great. Finally, the course is slowly losing it's links like qualities becoming too defined, fairways being too short but not tight and an overall to manicured look. It does deserve it's high ranking in the UK but I wonder if it is slowly losing it's 'links soul'.I consider Brora the purer links and better course. The grazing of the rough is a key part of this and I hope Golspie think about introducing this to its course as it would improve the rough no end.Jon
Anyway, if folks want a true links experience, with the rare exception, avoid top courses. But I am not convinced that is what most golfers want...
Excellent post Jon.
Quote from: Sean_A on May 31, 2018, 05:07:51 AMAnyway, if folks want a true links experience, with the rare exception, avoid top courses. But I am not convinced that is what most golfers want...As a regular poster herein has said more than a few times, let a bunch of folks go hunting the big names and leave the little uns and under the usual radar ones to us! Atb
All this elevated green/chipping back and forth hatred amuses me. Play bowls if you can't hit the ball straight or lay up when necessary and take a bogey.Richps--most of those elevated greens are natural and not created. rfg