A GREAT DEBATE
Very recently I played Prince’s in Kent. The price of playing this prestigious course was a rather hefty £95!
Our fourball headed off on the links, with a light breeze in our faces. After launching our tee shots up the middle, we approached the green, I hit a lovely little pitch in, only to see it bounce on the green and kick viciously to the left, running down the bank into the long grass. Like a true gentleman I kept my cool and simply commented “a little harsh, that!”
Over the next 17 holes, all sorts of good shots were heavily punished, and all sorts of bad shots were heavily rewarded. This was a completely different game to the one I’m used to, at times magical, with scenery to die for, and at other times so frustrating.
It made me seriously think: is links golf all it’s made out to be? I went home and asked myself, was it worth it? The answer eventually arrived: No!
I play at Tenterden Golf Club in Kent, a lovely little parkland golf course in great condition. When I play there, 95% of the time the ball ends up where it ought to.
The scenery is also spectacular and the cost of playing at the same time on a weekend is £40, less than half the price of Prince’s. The drinks are cheaper too, and while the changing facilities are not as good by a long way, visitors will change their shoes and go straight out and play, so a good shower is not so important.
Do not get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. But in simple terms, a reliable parkland or an overpriced day at the seaside? Parkland wins every time for me... and my wallet. Kev Steele, email