I have played it maybe 40 times. It is a very challenging but fair course. First, get a caddie. Only if you have played it many times would I suggest no caddie. It will be worth the money for the knowledge and also this is a long walk (no carts).
Now for the golf. If you have not played in Scotland or Ireland on real links courses, you are in for a surprise. The course is real Fescue grass, completely different than anything in the US. (I know, Bandon Dunes has some fescue, a different kind). The reason this is important, is both in course design and in playing the course. In America, we play golf in the air, in Europe it's played on the ground. So practice your bump and run with a eight iron and practice keeping shots low and out of the wind.
Fescue greens are hard and slow. You read that right, they are very hard, but fescue is slow and sticky. So, the greens have huge slopes, but are fair, you just have to be firm. They will be around 8-9 on the stimp. Most holes you can run the ball up into the green rather than hit it high and see the huge bounce into a trap. Likewise the fairways are hard and fast, you have to expect lots of rollout.
True links golf is very different so you need to learn it's ways rather than fight the course. It's hard to lose a ball, but pick ther right tees. If you are 5-10 handicap, use the tan tees. Scratch to 4, use the navy, everyone else the white or the blue (blue is the forward tee.) Do not go back to the black tee unless you are a plus, you will not enjoy the beating you take.
It's a wonderful course, and a chance to place like you are at the British Open.