It has a bit of everything - open linksland
with deep, scary bunkers and high heather mixed with tight, tree-lined, tough-rough parkland - but, above all, says Donald, it is fun, not too long at 7,216 yards, and local members believe any type of player could win.
Built on the sandy loam soil of China Beach amid 280 hectares of tropical linksland
on topography similar to what the world's first golf courses were carved from.
With eight holes playing on the shore's edge and landforms shaped in a true linksland
style, I was always confident we would achieve a good result.
Iain Colquhoun yesterday won the season's final Tartan Tour Linksland
Series event at Luffness in East Lothian.
Sixty pairs, including four invited partnerships, will tee up at Hesketh, the fine linksland
course at Southport which hosts Open Championship qualifying, and after two rounds the leading 24 pairings and ties will battle for the pounds 5,000 top prize on Friday.
But bereft - or nearly - as he is of proof of his mastery of British linksland
courses, Woods's influence drapes itself over the world's most venerable tournament to an almost suffocating degree.
It is the American equivalent of Linksland
, not his favourite terrain.
David Orr (East Renfrewshire) fired a five-under 64 to win the Linksland
Young Pros competition at Prestwick St Nicholas by three shots.
He is favourite, right enough, but the event is greater than the man and four days over linksland
terrain, in weather that no-one can vouch for, will inconvenience him and make others, for a while, his equal.
He preferred to stay home in Portrush and practice on linksland
," confirms Chubby Chandler, manager of Westwood and Clarke.
MARK FINLAYSON eased to victory in the opening event of the Tartan Tour's Linksland
Series at Kingsbarns.
Ruddy has worked it out that there are only 150 true linksland
courses in the world.