I must admit that my first thought of the golf course on our arrival was that it looked really nice, a real links look to it and I just wanted to get out there and play. However, the customary rolls and coffees were first on the agenda, served by a smiling member of the staff. The clubhouse itself, although small in comparison to others, was clean and inviting with the usual facilities. Our meal following our round was tasty and piping hot at a very reasonable cost. Our playing partner for the day was member, David Vicary. Soon, we were on the tee and off up the first hole where I was pleased with my par, but nephew Billy walked of with a birdie three. The course looked “easy” but it was flat calm and will be a much harder test when the wind blows. Even after I made five bogeys in a row from the 4th I was still excited by what to expect and truly believed that I would make the buffer zone with ease. However, with two holes remaining and level fours for the back nine I looked likely to reduce my handicap by at least point four. But it was not to be as I hit what was not a bad drive down the right hand side of the 17th only for the usual draw not to appear and my ball taking a hard bounce into the right hand rough. Luckily, or unluckily, I found it and after hacking my way back onto the fairway I walked off the 17th green with a seven. (A nett double bogey) A two putt par at the 18th saw me miss the buffer zone by one stroke, what a frustrating game this is. But what a great course, I would play here more often it was not for the one hundred and fifty mile round trip. Well worth a visit, or two, a real links test and at £35 for a day ticket you will love it. Please give this a try you really will enjoy the experience. On line booking is available, so no excuses, do it now. Opposite is a Bond of Friendship presented to Arbroath Artisan Golf Club on the occasion of Carnoustie Golf Club’s 150th Anniversary.
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