Where’s the beauty in that?

Today's Golfer (UK) - - First Tee -

Re­cently I was of­fered the chance to play 18 holes at Prince’s in Kent for the price of £95. Af­ter launch­ing my tee shot down the mid­dle on the 1st, I hit a lovely lit­tle pitch in, only to see it bounce vis­cously off the green and down the bank into the long grass. Over the next 17 holes, all kinds of good shots were heav­ily pun­ished, and all sorts of bad shots were heav­ily re­warded. This was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent game that I’m used to play­ing and made me se­ri­ously con­tem­plate whether links golf is ac­tu­ally en­joy­able and worth the money. My an­swer might shock the golf­ing world, but I have to be hon­est… it wasn’t. I play at Ten­ter­den Golf Club in Kent, which is a lovely park­land course. I hit the ball there and 95 per cent of the time it goes where it ought to. And the cost of play­ing at the week­end is a mere £40. Of course, the chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties are nowhere near as lux­u­ri­ous, but I don’t mind that when my wal­let stays in­tact and I don’t have to deal with dodgy bounces and howl­ing wind. So, next time I’m in a quandary between play­ing a park­land course or tak­ing a trip to the sea­side, I can safely say the park­land will win every time. KEV STEELE, KENT

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