Monday, 2 August 2010

Westray GC - course no 333

Craig, Stu and I played this good 9 hole course late on 28 July 2010 after our games on North Ronaldsay and Papa Westray. We were pretty tired by the time we got onto the course. We'd walked for miles earlier, trying to navigate our way around the other courses, so it was a great relief to find that the Westray course was in fine condition, with well defined fairways and medium paced greens. OK, there were a few imperfections here and there, but this is a small club on a small island exposed to some pretty tough weather at times. It was clear that the members had worked hard to maintain the course and good on them for that and their current work to improve facilities in the small clubhouse. This is a view of the 3rd green. The Westray course was only a mile or so from the excellent Pierowall Hotel, where we were staying for the night. If you ever get there, the Cullen Skink is fantastic! Anyway, the Westray course is only 1699 yards, has a par 0f 29, with 7 par 3s and a couple of par 4s and was fun to play after our earlier exertions. We all played pretty well at Westray and it was a refreshing change not to have to search for balls on every hole (after finding the right hole in the first place!) This is me trying to look relatively fresh on the 3rd green, the longest hole at Westray (at 374 yards). The truth is, I'd long since felt pretty knackered, so the photo below is me on the 9th green, with the 16th Century Noltland Castle in the background, looking every bit as tired as I felt. I'd gone round Westray in a respectable gross 36, helped by an excellent birdie on the 220 yard par 3 last hole. We'd finished at 2100 hrs, having been on the go since 0630, taken 2 flights and a ferry and walked umpteen miles to complete 3 short 9 hole courses. Thankfully, the walk back to our hotel and a well-earned pint was all downhill. Only 45 holes to play the following day! We really are mad.

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