Set in the fabulous Peebles just south of Edinburgh in the Borders, skirted intimately by the River Tweed, Cardrona is a sight for sore eyes. A new course, having opened just 10 years ago, Cardrona is already highly thought of and is part of the Macdonald chain, so should you choose to play and stay, a luxurious bedroom awaits you after your round. There is also a spa, health club and swimming pool, all ready to relax you should your round not go quite as intended.
It is hard to pin down the course to just one category, some holes have a moorland feel while others are more parkland. Designed by Dave Thomas, a former Ryder Cup player and co-designer of The Brabazon at The Belfry with Peter Alliss, it can be stretched to over 7,000 yards. Thankfully however, there are a number of teeing options.
The course certainly bears Thomas’ hallmarks, with plenty of big bunkers and large contoured greens with narrow entrances. Whichever tees you play off some stout hitting is required, though the setting alone will be enough to make your day.
Whichever tees you play off, some stout hitting is required though the setting alone will be enough to make your day.
If one hole is going to live longest in the memory it is likely to be the 402-yard par 4 7th. The drive needs to be straight and long with trees left and right and a burn that runs across the fairway. A slightly shorter line is to take on the left side of the water. The hole then doglegs right and runs to a well-protected green.
The good news is you might have just got a shot back at the par-5 6th. If the burn can be avoided from the tee there is the chance to reach in two if the wind is not in your face. That said, the green is sloping so eagles are hard to come by.