Another warm day in sunny England, and the poms were either queueing up to go to the beach or at the local watching the English soccer team get a drubbing from the Germans...

The beach at Rye is a couple of miles down a narrow country lane past the Rye Golf Club, and as we came in for our 10am tee time, we noticed the signs indicating 45 minute queue times?
It turns out with a nice sunny day the cars poured into the beach precinct, and sure enough were queued up back past the golf club to the 45 minute sign - just waiting to get a car park near the beach!
On our way out we noticed at the head of the road that the beach was closed as it was full...
Rye Golf Course dates back to 1893 when Mr Harry S Colt had a hand in designing a real seaside links course. His original work has been changed a number of times since, but it is not obvious that a number of hands have been involved. 
The fairways were playing hard and fast, and the greens were in good nick as we took off with about a one club breeze in play. 
The rough was long but reasonably thin, and not too penal. The first 3 holes played alongside the road and largely outside the main dune land and were nice , but not outstanding holes IMO.
There was some unusual use of timber around some of the greens which seemed to be there to stop the running ball , and force a lofted chip - not the way I think links golf normally gives you options , but interesting all the same...
From 4 onward the course played in and through the dune land with a nice variety of holes - the 5 par 3's were all of good quality , and different lengths , and there were some interesting par 4's - 13 the Alps hole with a totally blind and quite long second shot caught me out, but many of the par 4's had significant movement in fairways - it is kinda fun to rip a drive and watch it continue to roll left and right through the swales...
And we got some awkward lies as you do with links golf with balls below you , above you , and generally not where you want it. 
And the little pot bunkers could give some difficult lies...
All in all, it was nice to be back playing links golf, although I am not sure that Rye is a must do for those hoping learn more about golf architecture. It is just good fun!
Well it would have been better - but double on the last left me with 72 off the stick. Damn!!!
June 2010


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