Weariness set in this morning as we set out to play the ancient links at Deal
Site of a couple of Open Championships a century ago, Deal was laid out in 1892 by Henry Hunter with some assistance from James Braid .
The field in front of us was extra slow through the first few holes, and when the rain came in, our tired bodies seem to cry out for relief- perhaps we should do some sightseeing instead?
But we warmed to our task, joined a lovely English couple playing behind us, and ventured forth to explore the links
I thought the course was good- but not as quirky as I had expected .
It was more like a Scottish links IMO, because it had little elevation change for most of the course, which was really defined by it's bunkering .
Deal is a stringent test of golf, and ideal for championships. Each par is well earned, and the last 7 holes, often played into the prevailing wind are brutal.
Perhaps we should have played Cinque Ports before Sandwich- after the grand scale and drama of Royal St Georges the day before, Cinque Ports suffered a little in comparison...
The second time I played Deal I knew what was coming and really enjoyed the authenticity of the links. I think it is an ideal warm up to Sandwich on the Open Rota Tour (rather than the other way around)
It's hard, but it is still a lovely links course - it's the REAL DEAL !
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