Yesterday I reported about my refreshing arrival at and on the wonderful golf course in Brora. Today I go to the course. (Yes, I think it is somewhat funny to show picture of sheep here :-))

James Braid, once again, stands for this place with his reputation. Legend has it that in 1924 he received the sum of £25 to design the course, which celebrated its birth as a 9-hole course in 1891 and was extended to 18 holes in 1900. As mentioned earlier, the Brora Golf Club is also home to the James Braid Society.

Whenever I roll onto the parking lot here - I'm here for the sixth time now - I think that the clubhouse doesn't really fit the place. The real home would be a wooden hut with a tin can in which you throw in your fee and then get going. Probably the members wouldn't like it if my redesign plans came to pass, but I stay on it. But so the clubhouse, from which restaurant one has a wonderful view over the course, especially the 18th green and the northern edge of the Dornoch Firth, is used as a place for various social festivities like so many golf clubhouses. Today a wedding is on the agenda, which enchants the surprisingly many guest golfers because of the champagne glasses. The fact that these are not intended for them only disappoints them for a moment, and then they are reminisced about the previous round.
Normally this place is quite deserted. I can't remember having seen more than two or three other groups here before, more often I was alone on the course. But there is a lot going on today. Obviously the rush of American golf tourists, who played the nearby Dornoch course, which has been famous in the USA for a long time, is bigger in summer than at the times, mostly in May, when I was usually here.
Be that as it may, the first tea is free and I'm off. A simple but nevertheless interesting first hole falls blindly down first, only to leave a short shot to the right to an elevated green. The open sea is very present on this course, at least on the front 9 to the right. Apart from the first par 3, the sixth lane, you play permanently parallel to it, hardly ever separated by a dune. On the ninth course, again a par 3, it goes almost directly to the water, the beach starts directly behind the green.

In general, the par 3 of the course are very original. Altogether they form a cross and go - even if not to the degree exactly - in all four directions. In addition, it is these holes that will be remembered because of their respective layout. The first hole abruptly changes direction. While it went straight away from the clubhouse on the first five holes, it suddenly turns left at a right angle. In the case of wind, which is of course more the rule with the coastal location than the exception, this is a special challenge. The ninth hole captivates with its wonderful location near the beach. The 13th hole is very short, about 100 meters, depending on the flag position. But the green is surrounded by five bunkers and a meandering stream, the Clyne Burn. With a little wind this hole can become quite challenging. Finally, the 18 remains, a great final hole. As I said before, the green lies directly under the windows of the gastronomy, which certainly provides special fun in club tournaments. But even without the pressure to be asked later by the other members about an observed disaster, this hole is challenging. 175 meters have to be overcome carried. If it is 173.5 meters, the ball rolls down the six, seven meter high hill of the green to the left, if it is 180 meters, the ball rolls backwards. Either way, feeling is a must, either on the tee or on the next pitch.

Of course you have to mention that there is a good reason why the greens are separated from the rest of the place by electrified wires. On these sensitive areas, what would be undesirable would be what characterizes the specific picture on the rest of the site: grazing cows and sheep.

Again, I had a fantastic day on this jewel. The first round was comparatively slow, because I had to play through three groups, which always takes some time. Arriving on the 12th lane I waved briefly to my textile home.

When I took the ball out of the hole on the 18th green, it was 6:00pm. I listened into myself for a moment and went straight back to the 1st hole. All in all I only needed 4:45 hours for the 36 holes. This way I really enjoy this sport, but how often do you have the opportunity?

Today the cycgo rating can only be a James Braid memorial coin in shining gold.

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