Beau Desert, opened in 1911 a typical Herbert Fowler masterpiece, with many trademark inclusions and that certain look and feel. Located in the middle of the beautiful Cannock chase the course is lined with pine trees, an abundance of ferns and purple flowering heather. Each hole is well defined, tight in places that certainly need accurate tee shots if you want to hit the right area of the greens (very important and local knowledge required), not the longest but it does play all of the yards on the card. Once on the green then the fun begins, good surfaces not super quick on the flat but the subtle undulations, make for some really trick putts, impossible if you get the wrong side of the hole, that can make you look silly. For me not a weak hole on the course, all good, the par 3s protected by clever bunkering and severe green slopes, the par 4s provide a good variety of straight and dog legs, the 2 par 5s are good but in my opinion would say they are possibly the weakest holes on the course once you get the correct line for the blind tee shot on 18 and second shot on 15, but this is by no way a critic.
A nice friendly welcome and food in the quaint clubhouse makes for an all round good experience. Definitely worth the extra cost for a trip here.
Date: September 01, 2020