A great championship links course with many interesting hazards include the beach, light rough, walls intersecting fairways and streams crossing three of the fairways. A rich variety of holes, including the 14th, aptly named ‘Perfection’ because your approach has to be perfect otherwise you end up on the shingle of the beach. The 16th is a 381-yard par four with only a ditch some 200 yards from the tee to manoeuvre but it is the long three-tiered green, which has what can only be described as a valley in the middle of it, that is the fatal attraction. Hit the wrong part of it and a six-putt is not impossible. To finish, the 18th , a mere 274 yards, tempts you to drive the green. Like many others, it’s on a plateau and you could find your ball skipping through and ending on the welcome mat of the clubhouse. Some claim that golf was being played here even before St Andrews.