Disclaimer: I grew up in this area so maybe take this article with a grain of salt.
With that confession out of the way I will tell you that this is one of the most beautiful courses I have ever played.
Play golf when the course is just waking up
I sometimes like to play golf first thing in the morning when the course is just waking up and there is still a dew on the ground. I do this not only because it is extremely relaxing, tranquil, and a form or meditation for me, but also so that I can take my time and take lots of video and photos.
I played this course in late May but the weather had not been cooperating with my vacation time as the previous six days it rained the entire time, it was also only 6 degrees Celsius when I teed off. A little crazy I know, but I truly never even noticed.
For me, standing on the first tee box took me back a few years and memories flooded back to good times playing here in my younger years, but before I get to the round I have to give a shoutout to the staff at Brudenell & Dunderave, their hospitality is amazing.
I showed up early, about 45 minutes prior to my round at 7:00am. Of course, they were still setting up for the day and not really prepared for someone at this time of day, but they still showed up to my car with a golf cart, loaded my clubs and welcomed me. I am literally at the front door as they are unlocking it and as I approach the counter I am greeted by smiling faces even before they get their first Tims coffee of the day into them. I am told there might be a frost delay but they will get me on my way ASAP, I mention no rush I’ll go practice for a bit, I am told the range is not quite open yet (it opens at 7:00), but one of the course attendants hears this and quickly took a bunch of practice balls down to the range and set them up for me.
Now back to my round
So as I mentioned before it is pretty cold and the rain from the previous week made for some really wet conditions but that didn’t dampen my spirits as I line up my first drive. I take aim down this straight beautiful par 4 opening hole fairway and proceed to hit a massive slice into the right woods! LOL.
After looking around to see if anyone besides the foxes and squirrels were laughing at me I drove down to find my ball in open position that allowed me to take aim at the green. Well this should have only been a 7 iron shot for me I took to much turf (which I secretly blamed on the wet conditions and not my swing) and came up 40 yards short. Using my lessons learned from Rob Bernard at Center of Gravity Golf I was able to chip to within 10 feet of the cup, but after missing my putt I had to settle with a bogey start to the day.
Well, I got to admit that the second hole didn’t get any better and I ended up scoring a double bogey here, meh. So I am already plus 3 after two and start to re-evaluate my golfing goals when I walk up to number three. I decide to give myself a fresh start with a few deep breaths, this instantly helped to reset my mood and remember why I am out here, and it’s not to make money, I play for enjoyment and relaxation, I end up paring this hole.
I won’t bore you with hole by hole scoring but I did go on to par the three holes after this and feel much better about my round. Some of the views along this course are breathtaking and a real joy to play. 7,8,9 I decided to jump on the bogey train to finish the front 9, but I did finish with a respectable for me front nine 42.
So onto the back nine and wow does it start out with a beauty. number 10 is a fantastic short par 3 that has the Brudenell River on the left side of the entire hole and the green is guarded by white sand bunkers and a massive pond to the right and in front on the green.
Number 11 is a par five that again has the Brudenell river running down the entire left side and makes for some amazing views.