6+ years on
Well 6+ years on, the course is still in the improving category. Fairways are not as sparse, tee boxes are in relatively good nick. Bunkers - someone on the green staff is starting to understand them and is doing away with the low 'putt out lips' and making the members work for a par!
Practice facilities now consist of a small putting green as the old driving range has been mothballed.
The clubhouse has a very active clientele.
Let's just hope that the present management gets an extension to their lease terms in a couple of years.
After the previous management gave up, the new management team are really trying. They have taken a ten year lease and actually started paying the ground staff, so there is starting to be some improvement to the course.
It is clear that the reason this club has not been as busy as it should was due to previous ways, ie, the price was too high, the Pro was definitely not 'up to par' and the ground staff were badly treated. These same ground staff are now working hard on bringing the course back to life. Instead of the brown fairways of last year, the area is mostly green.
Greens are pretty true, but might not be as fast as you think....or are they! Fairways are in good condition. Unfortunately the bunkers are poor - complete lack of sand, but the plus side of this, is that you can putt out of nearly all greenside ones.
Try not to venture off the fairways where there is scrub to the sides as your ball may either be lost or 20 foot below you. There are a couple of blind shots, but a staight drive should not cause a problem, What may cause an added problem is the ice plant that is beginning to establish itself. There are a couple of OB areas that you would not really expect to be there as they are part of the property, but, hey that's life!
There is plenty of water to avoid, but again should cause no problem with staight drives. The thirteenth is a very simple par 3, tee off (from a hill top) over some scrub to the (another hill top) green.
Did I mention that straight drives would cause no problem? Sorry forgot the prevailing wind... comes up the valley from the Med, and gets to it's worst around 5 to 7 each evening - better keep those drives arrow like!
Will return in the Autumn