Course Review and Comments
Myself and three other ladies played Dunbar in September 2015 on a day when the wind from a westerly direction blew at around 20 mph; quite a calm day apparently. My friends and I were on a regular trip to Scotland to play links courses some of which we had played on previous trips north from near London and others such as Dunbar which were new to us. My friends, like myself, are all low single-figure handicaps (myself off +1 and the others at scratch, two and three). Whilst we might not be representative of the majority of lady golfers in terms of handicap we are most discerning in the courses we visit and Dunbar fitted the bill as being a challenging c 5,800 yards from the ladies' tees - the sort of length we can usually over-power where necessary. Dunbar, however, wasn't easily over-powered. We thought it tougher than both Gullane 1 and 2 and without the out-of-place hill that those courses have; Dunbar is as flat as they come with rumpled fairways, tight lies, proper links-style bunker complexes and sometimes unfathomable greens. It played much longer than its 5,800 yards and I'd rank it up there with the toughest courses there are. If the yardstick of par fours at under 300 yards is anything to go by then unlike so many courses from the ladies' tees then Dunbar had none and no sub-150 yard par threes either - this was proper testing golf and I'd go so far as to say that a 3-handicap here would be scratch anywhere else with very few exceptions. As for the course itself, then the back-to-back par 5 start is something both unusual and attractive; no easy start at Dunbar as you'll need to be on your game from the get-go. The ladies par of 72 was quite miserly and like I've said if you can play to a category 1 handicap here then you are quite some player (in fact a story told by the bar steward afterwards was along the lines that Dunbar boasts more category 1 men members than at any other club in Scotland and apparently a generous helping of cat 1 ladies too including at least one 14 year-old junior girl off 5 or so). Our favourite holes were the 310 yard 4th as it hugged the coastline on side side and the OoB wall to the right, the Stroke Index 1 6th hole with the deer wall and OoB along the whole right side with a St Andrews' Old Course-style stream across in front of the green, the 7th again featuring the wall and OoB with a dog-leg and a partially blind green and the 8th with a nice change in elevation. On the inward nine there wasn't a poor hole amongst them with the run from 11 through to 15 being particularly testing with changes in hole direction meaning that headwinds and crosswinds needed to be mastered. I'd go further than to call Dunbar a gem; it's clearly well-regarded in Scotland as it's used as an Open qualifying course when Muirfield hosts the championship. No, Dunbar is more than a gem for it is a classic links course well able to be categorised amongst the best in Scotland; for me it's better than Gullane 1 or 2, close to upstaging North Berwick and streets ahead of all in Fife bar the Jubilee and New Courses of St Andrews and Ladybank. Yes with it's miserly ladies' par of 72 it's tougher even than the Old Course itself!
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April 14th, 2009 13:11
It is an incredible course to play - a MUST. The final 15 holes are spectacular. The North Sea is with you the final 15 - it is an incredible experience. I will definatly return again!
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