Buckpool is a great example of where course, not club, ranking lists can take us. This unassuming links is some 50 miles east of Inverness, on the Moray Coast, heading in the general direction of Aberdeen. It’s a modest club and you shouldn’t exactly expect to find fine dining, or a concierge service, or a pro shop packed with logoed merchandise or a starter calling you on to the tee. If that’s your thing then look elsewhere.
On the other hand, it has 18 holes by the sea, some of the best greens I putted on all year and a couple of the cutest par 4s you could ever wish to play. Is it the best course in Scotland? No. Should we add it to the Open rota forthwith? Maybe not. Is it a lovely links course that should be played if given the chance? Absolutely.