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On a recent visit to Troon we played Dundonald and had a very enjoyable day.

The run home from the 15th features four very demanding holes.

Fifteen is a par three of 215 yards with a gully and then a raised green with several penal bunkers at the front left. The green is on two levels and has a bunker on each side.

Not so today as I was struck by the really tough pin position on the very first hole, as this got me wondering where else could the hole have been cut to make it any more difficult!

And it was only as the round progressed that I came to fully appreciate how challenging many of the putting surfaces were.

It might be less than a week to Christmas and we’ve had some horrendously bad weather in recent days but – apart from large puddles on the fairways at holes 10 and 15 and casual water in many of the bunkers, to be fair – the course was in remarkable condition.

Greens, in particular, were of a standard that many a club would be proud to boast of at the high of their summer season.

philosophy of creating more difficulty in getting close to the pin rather than in finding your tee-shot in the rough, which is a philosophy I fully subscribe to, having almost played 36 holes with the same ball after losing half a dozen in the rough at Western Gailes and the heather at Glasgow Gailes.

The hole we will all rememember is the par 3 15th which played a full driver from 155 yards(!

Played with a member and really enjoyed the course depsite not playing too well. This course really is your default weekend morning choice unless you play with a member somewhere else or stay at Turnberry.