I played Seafield the day after I played Belleisle. Being the junior to Belleisle, that means it is inferior to Belleisle. But that is only when it comes to yardage (length). When it comes to enjoyability, Seafield is on par with Belleisle. But it is very different in style from Belleisle. Seafield is mostly a links course with some very hilly and memorable features. It is a fairly short course (5233 yds) and has no par 5s. Full ball control and course managment is essential on the narrow fairways. Which only makes it a slightly easier course than Belleisle. High handicappers will struggle like I did (at 115 strokes. I am not joking....). The best hole ?? Hole 6. A very tricky and enjoyable par 4 hole.
The conditions: The greens are very good, the fairways are good (links style grasscuttings). The rough are unforgivable. The tees are acceptable. The bunkers are very good (and best avoided) and perfectly placed. The staff is good.
The general facilities is shared with Belleisle 200 yards away. Seafield has no off course facilities and I have withdrawn three points off the score for that reason alone. Which include a very good pro shop which offers quality stuff to affordable prices. I did not visit the pub. But I have heard it is very good.
I do understand why some people loves this course. I will play this course again and again together with Bellisle. Seafield is a true gem and a course worthy a visit.
(Please note that seasoned golfers recommend that you play Belleisle in the morning, take a long lunch at the onsite pub and play Seafield in the afternoon. It seems like a very good idea to me and a perfect day of golf. Ring the course for a package deal.)
Alan Pole (Scotland) 05/11/02
As a recent 'immigrant' to Ayr (08/02), I have fallen in love with this little course, particularly the links style holes located when you go through the wall. I cannot agree with some of the comments about it's condition. The greens are excellent (although one or two of the tees could be better). To score well on this course you will need to take your 'A' game chipping skills out with you. A number of the greens have very tricky undulations and as with most James Braid courses, the bunkers, most of which can be tricky to get out of, are very well placed. Off the Yellow 'Tee of the day' most of the Par 3's are fairly straight forward but off the White Medal Tees, they become tigers!!! Some of the shorter par 4's are driveable, but without exception, every one of these holes has the ability to ruin your card if the driver is a little wayward. If you are reading this report to decide which of the Ayr courses you should play, I would say have a morning round at Belleisle which is a challenging championship course but do not miss the chance of an afternoon round at this little gem!! On a final note, if you are looking to play in Ayr during the winter, this course is a better bet than it's parkland Belleisle sister.
Peter Coxon (England) 19/04/02
What an absolute pleasure to play on this course in brilliant weather in mid April. - A big thanks to the starter for accomdating last minute changes in our schedule to enable us to fit an extra round in on the last day of our trip. Our group found the course and greens to be in very good condition and the variety of holes, particulary the contrast between the parkland and the links type parts of the course held the interest and set challanges for our level of golf. We found everyone we came across as warm and friendly with nothing to much trouble or as the locals say "nay bother" - we'll be back next year.
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