We arrived just as the sun was starting to rise over the North Sea, we had a quick bacon sandwich/coffee and were the first off at 7.50. The temperatures had been down below 0 overnight but thankfully we got lucky as the wind never picked up and the sun was shining all morning.
Despite the freezing conditions the course held up very well, thawing out fairly quickly as we got through the first few holes.
Even without the wind the course was a great challenge. Not the longest, but accuracy is absolutely critical. Well placed pot bunkers protect the greens and provide obstacles throughout the superbly maintained, sloping fairways. As with all links courses, the rough can ruin your round in a heartbeat with a few misplaced shots.
The greens were in great condition, very fast with lots of challenging undulations to deal with.
The holes offered a lot of variety, the raised green on the par 3 4th can really punish you if you fall short, it plays all of its 159 yards. Teeing off from the high tee box of the 6th is daunting with tricky rough lining both sides of the fairway.
Every review of this course you read will comment on the views, we can confirm that almost every hole is spectacular, particularly from the raised 6th tee box and the 12/13th with the cliffs and Castle ruins in the background. No doubt the short par 3 13th is the signature hole!
After our round we had the sandwich, soup and chips meal, which was exactly what we needed after a few hours on the course.
The staff we encountered were a credit to the club. we’ll be back to play Dunstabrugh soon!
Thank you For Having us Stuart Imeson.