|The bar at the White Horse Inn, Balmedie.
We all sulked out of our rooms, muttering and then we waited for the fire brigade. At least they were quick (15 minutes) and in and out in another five. The lead fireman was none too pleased with the resident of the offending room.
"Were you smoking in your room?" he asked.
The guy took the cigarette from his mouth. "Me? Never!"
|The view of the 18th green from the Starter's Hut.
|Views over the 12th, across the course to the beach and the high dune
which is home to the 9th hole.
|The green front on Fraserburgh's par three 17th hole.
It's natural, unfussy, no pretensions... real. The greens are sweet (and devilishly tricky in places) and the 13th is credited as inspiring Gil Hanse for the Rio Olympic course. It's a rollicking, bumpy hole and eminently drivable. The green is straight out of the Whacky Races and all the better for it.
How good is the course... well, it's a 4 ball course. As in I lost 4 of them. If you don't stay on the fairway, kiss your balls goodbye. The rough here takes no prisoners.
The evening photography session proved highly unsuccessful... hanging around for two and a half hours watching a cloud bank refuse to budge was optimism-sapping! I even waited till the moon came up... at which point the photography opportunities multiplied. Here's a view over the 18th green - at 9pm.
|Moon over 18 at Cruden Bay.