Regular readers of the blog will know that I've previously recognised that playing every course is an evolving process, as new courses open and others close. So, I'm excited by the challenge of playing a couple of new courses next week and returning to play an old favourite.
I played the Torvean golf course in Inverness in 2010 (Blog entry 266) a municipal course that was operated by the Highland Council. Since then, the Council has changed the road layout in the area, using land from the Torvean course. Part of the deal was that the Council would replace the Torvean course and the new King's GC opened earlier this year on land adjacent to the original layout. Early reports are that it is a great improvement on the original so I'm looking forward to playing the King's.
When I played the 18 holer at Maverston in 2014, a 9 hole Par 3 course on the site was still under construction. It opened a while later so after I've played at the King's, I'll drive over and play that 9 hole course.
I'll also be playing the terrific course at Hopeman GC, for around the 20th time. This is a real gem and a truly great test as well as one of the most enjoyable courses I've played in my travels around Scotland's golf courses. The first time I played it was around 1982, long before I started my blog, so entry No 1 simply lists it as a course I'd played before the blog was created. I'm looking forward to seeing how the course plays these days and to try to complete the round without losing a ball, something that is very easy to do on the Back 9! Narrow gorse lined undulating links fairways and treacherous rough abound, but some of the holes are simply outstanding, none more so than the epic Par 3 12th, one of the most photographed and spectacular holes I've played on my travels.I just hope the weather is as good as it was when this photo of that hole was taken!