The Island Golf Course Review

6,312 yards, par 71, links

Another links course and another memorable golfing experience for players of all standards. The key feature here is the big sloping greens - average two putts per hole and you will be pleased with yourself.

The 3rd, a par 4 measuring 394 yards, is probably the most demanding on the links. You need to place your drive in the center of the short stuff to give yourself the best approach, to the two-tier green - but don't be surprised if the putting surface throws your ball off. 

The 6th hole is played from an elevated tee with two pot bunkers on the right to be avoided at all costs as well as a huge sand-dune on the left. It only measures 299 yards, and some will be tempted to have a go at the green, but disaster awaits. 

The 12th is a classic dogleg. It is a par 4, measuring 407 yards. The drive should be aimed close to the hill on the left, otherwise the ball will run into the rough on the right. It is played over a valley, and the green is elevated.

Many people regard the 18th as one of the best finishing holes in Europe, and it is difficult to argue. A par 4 measuring 421 yards, it calls for a straight drive towards a valley. The green, which is the largest on the course, is elevated. Breathtaking.

the island golf course

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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.