A new entry on my favourite list
As I stand on the first tee on Panmure golf course I have to pinch my arm to realise that I am in Scotland and not in the Mediterranean. The sun is shining from a cloudless sky and there is no wind to talk about.
The 9th hole, par 3
The old clubhouse to the left of me has aged and matured with elegance, like an old wine. The walls inside are covered with the history of the club and of course you will find memories of Ben Hogan visiting the club in preparation for the 1953 Open at Carnoustie.
I take a deep breath and hit my drive down the first fairway. The first couple of holes on the Panmure course are not too difficult giving every player a chance of a good start which should put a smile on their faces. The stretch of holes from 4 to 9 are, in my opinion, some of the best you will ever find on a links course. The 6th hole is just over 400 yards from the back tees and is named after Ben Hogan. Apparently he suggested a bunker to the right, just in front of the green and it makes the shot into the green spectacular.
On the 12th hole there is a treacherous “wee burn” in play between the fairway and the green area. As the green is somewhat elevated and with interesting undulations the choice of club and the execution of the golf shot is all important for a good result. Bravery is rewarded!
The 14th is a long par 5 with the railway running along the right-hand side and when the 15.08 train from Aberdeen passes by, you need to have a steady backswing. On the way to the green there are some strategically placed bunkers so the hole demands your attention all the time.
The last three holes have what is required for a tough finish. There are many possibilities to win a match on these holes but danger is lurking with bunkers and out of bounds to the right on the last hole.
Sitting on the veranda after my golf round with an ice cold lager I decide without any doubt that Panmure is now on my favourite list of golf courses. The course is a gem and has all the ingredients that makes a links course great and fun to play. Cheers!
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