Sunday, 26 December 2010

Royal St. David’s

THe 12th at Royal St. David's

I must admit that I went into Thursday not real anticipating the morning round at St. David’s. Nobody had really mentioned the course as one we had to see, so we went expecting very little. It turns out St. David’s is considered one of Wales best, and I think to some degree it was by us too.

The course is not one that overwhelms you with great holes, but from start to finish the course is solid all the way through. When you add in the spectacular backdrop of the castle and the run through the dunes at the end on holes 14 through 17 and you really have a course that is well worth seeking out.

The architecture is the key to why the course is good. It’s better than all the rest since we left Royal Porthcawl. The opening eight holes are played over largely ordinary links land, but the green sites and bunkers are well enough designed that the holes have a great deal of interest throughout. Once you reach the dunes on the ninth, you play along the dunes and eventually head through the dunes for the last three before the 18th. The back nine is the class of the golf course, but all of it is well worth playing.

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