Visited Killiow Park Golf Course near Truro in Cornwall and received a friendly welcome from staff and Mike & Jason (former greenkeepers at my club, Coombe Wood) . They have been making great strides to improve the course over the past few years, and I am sure that their improvements will bear fruit in the coming years.
The course is set in the grounds of Killiow Park, nestling in the valley at the edge of the appropriately named village of Playing Place, so called because it was of an area of land designated in ancient times for the performance of plays and other forms of entertainment.
A course of just over 6,000 yards, par 71 (5,440 yards, par 73 from the red tees) with two 500 yard plus par 5s – these 2 holes are quite difficult to reach in 3 for higher handicap players. Quite a few holes require a drive towards an unseen green – which opens up as you get closer. However, this makes the course quite difficult if you are playing it for the first time.
It was a perfect day for golf. 20 C with just a gentle breeze. Lovely views of bluebell-hazed woodlands, local wildlife etc. Matchplay with Madeleine. My par 3 on the stunning 17th clinched the match, as despite the fact that I made a mess of the 18th (mistaking a practice green for the actual green) I managed to hold on to win by 1.