Atlantic Links Tour: Royal North Devon GC

Royal North Devon 7th green © planetgolfreview

Royal North Devon 7th green © planetgolfreview

Day Four of my tour and today feels a bit special, more like a pilgrimage. I played Royal North Devon some 25 years ago with two friends, but the playing conditions between then and today are a world apart. Today is another day in England’s mini-heatwave and the temperatures are in the high 20s.

When I played RND back in the 1980s it was in a Force Seven gale in waterproofs. The secretary at the time thought we were mad for even attempting to go and play, but it was great fun and the highlight – or should I say lowlight – of the day was my shot to the par-3 143-yard 16th, which plays out towards the sea. I hit a driver – yes DRIVER – and was amazed to see the ball just climb and then start to come backwards and land about five yards short of the green! It was an hysterical moment and we just stood on the tee and fell about laughing.

I’ve been lucky with the weather this week and you may not be so blessed with favourable conditions. But what I would say is: links golf for me holds great memories and magical moments and if you come with the attitude that you’re going to enjoy the experience no matter the weather, you too will have fond memories of your time on the Atlantic Links Tour or any other links course, for the rest of your life.

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Royal North Devon 5th hole © planetgolfreview

Royal North Devon 5th hole © planetgolfreview

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ABOUT: James Mason

James Mason is a contributing writer for Golf Monthly magazine, producing destination reviews, technical and equipment reviews and blogs. He was also part of the judging panel for the 2010 Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. James has written equipment reviews and technical features for Greenside magazine, destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer.

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