I played both the 18 and 9 hole courses at the Caird Park sports complex on 5 April 2011. These courses are owned and operated by Dundee City Council and are another good example of the provision of golf facilities by Scottish local authorities ensuring that golf is accessible at community level. The 18 hole course measures 5772 yards, Par 69 off the Yellow tees that I played from and is a mainly flat parkland course just off one of the main roads running through Dundee. Being pretty flat, this course should have been easy walking, but there were high wind warnings across most of the country, so the round was quite tiring. Although the fairways were mostly tree-lined, giving good separation between individual holes, the strong blustery wind also made shots played into the wind pretty challenging.
The front 9 holes were generally pretty unremarkable, with the first 5 being short par 4s played into the prevailing and swirling wind. I'd been let through on the 1st tee by a 3-ball (thanks again guys) but quickly got stuck behind a seniors 2-ball who clearly had all day to play their (thankfully!) 9 hole part-round. I was out in 44 after losing a newish ball on the 3rd with a wild hook into trees made worse by the strong head wind. Still, at least my ball had stopped short of the busy dual carriageway just beyond the OOB. I'd teed off at 1030 hrs expecting a reasonably quick round but my packed lunch was still in the car and I was hoping for a more interesting and speedier back 9.
The back 9 is by far the better half of the course and I had over 2 hours to study it, thanks to the 3-ball I caught up with on the 10th. OK, a single player has no status on the course but guys, when you can't find a ball (twice!) and can't hit a drive more than 150 yards downwind between you, try thinking about whether the guy behind you might be invited through without any impact on your own game. Thankfully I found a rather elderly Snickers bar in my bag, which helped take my mind off the hunger and boredom of waiting for my turn to play. The best hole was probably the 12th, a 196 yard Par 3 played over a gully with a stream running through it, with the green half hidden by a tall tree. This is the view from the tee. I needed my driver, straight over the big tree, given the head wind on this hole, but managed an easy par.