A weekend visit to Clarens coincided with the club championships on the last Saturday in March, yet space was found for visitors in the field. Two promising youngsters won the A division titles, good to see at a small club. Dinner was served for all contestants and visitors after the prizegiving, a welcoming innovation. Sunday the course was even busier with visitors who have taken a shine to this scenically superb destination surrounded by mountains. Again I found it an enjoyable and challenging layout, cleverly designed in terms of variety, with excellent greens. The par 3s are particularly special and test your mid-irons and hybrids. The high back tees at No 17 make for a fabulous par 3 with a lengthy hang time. Clarens has added additional length, the yellow tees now at 6194 metres. The second hole, originally a shortish par 4, is more formidable at 388 metres from an elevated and distant back tee. With a driver in hand the wetland the right of the fairway is very much in play, to my dismay.