Yes, into the wind the 13th is a different hole, but the 15th is already one such hole...no? Speaking of the 15th...
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The short 15th is not dissimilar to the 13th. Come up short and there is trouble, but in the case of 15, unless one is very short, there is a reasonable play.
While not blind, the drive hard on the left boundary at 16 does keep the golfer guessing as to what is out there. There is no guessing for the approach to the punchbowl green. Although, I am curious as to the reason for a hairy berm.
I like the open play between the berm and bunker.
There isn't anything very different between 17 and 9, 10, 11 & 14, but the movement of the land shy of the green is pleasing.
A tough two-shotter over water doesn't sell the home hole very well. It is rather a shame the back nine isn't anywhere near the quality of the front, but this was the question on my mind going out as I spied the inward holes. I don't think anyone would claim Dunstanburgh is a great course, but the strength of the front nine, lovely setting, very reasonable greenfee and welcoming clubhouse come cafe are enough reasons to return. 2019
It is clear to me that Goswick is much the superior course to Dunstanburgh. It is far less clear that Dunstanburgh is any better than the third Northumberland course I played that week....Alnmouth Village. Dunstanburgh has more better holes for sure, but it has an equal number of rather average holes. There is quite a bit of fodder to wade through for the best bits, AV isn't like this at all. http://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,65709.0.html