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Thanks for doing this tour. I didn't get a chance to see the West my one time there (when I bumped into you!). The East certainly can play long. Seems like some contrast between the courses is a good thing as long as there is plenty of interest in both. Hard for me to think of Pennink improving on what Fowler would have built, though.The angle of the first green & its tiers looks like a tough approach.
I very much agree that the West course at Saunton shouldn't be missed. It's a sneaky course. One where you expect a good score to fall into your lap but it somehow doesn't. Expectations maybe, as it's card length is pretty misleading. There are 5 par-3's and 3 of them are of the long and pretty easily messed-up variety. Plus the 2 par-5's while not that long on the card both play against the prevailing wind, which tends to make matters more difficult. From the tee it's quite tight as well with the correct driving lines not immediately apparent.The 2nd is an awkward hole and the stretches from the 3rd-7th and, well really the whole of the back-9, are very fine.Whenever I've made a trip to Saunton and played both courses I've always scored worse relative to hcp on the West and yet the West is the course that should suit my personal game better. But somehow this is never reflected in the score. An extremely frustrating situation.Damn fine course.If you have the time after playing turn left out of the golf club carpark towards Croyde and if there is space stop in one of the roadside parking bays overlooking the sea and Saunton Burrows. Not just a spectacular view but a spot to appreciate just how extensive the dune system is at Saunton.atb