Dundonald Links Review

18 holes, par 72, 7,100 yards. Links.

Dundonald is a relatively new course, designed by Kyle Phillips, who is also responsible for Kingsbarns. No greater tribute can be paid to his handiwork than by saying that Dundonald Links feels more like a course that is 150 years old than one which was only completed in 2003. It is a gem, measuring 7,135 yards, with a par of 72. Where to start

The first hole measures 430 yards and would appear to be fairly gentle. Don't be fooled. There is a fairway bunker on the left, and the green is well guarded on both sides. A par is a good start.  

The eighth is just under 400 yards, a gentle dogleg with three bunkers in the landing area. Miss them and you face a mid iron to a slightly raised green - get it wrong and your ball will fall off and roll down the slope, and could just trickle into one of the waiting bunkers. There is also a slight ridge in the middle of the green.

The 11th hole proves that a par three does not have to be more than 200 yards to offer a decent test. It is only 120 yards, but the wind will have to be taken into account. The green is large but is protected by some serious bunkers at the front. Go too far and there is more sand waiting at the back of the putting surface.  

The 18th, at 560 yards, is a great finishing hole. It gently doglegs from left to right, with strategically-placed bunkers on the narrow fairway and thick rough collecting any wayward drives or second shotsIn addition, the green is fast and undulating. 

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.