Beau Desert - Staffordshire - England

Beau Desert Golf Club,
Rugeley Road,
Hazelslade,
Cannock,
Staffordshire,
WS12 5PJ,
England


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The Midlands is not necessarily considered a hot spot for golf courses but Beau Desert Golf Club is one of the few exceptions.

This is the Marquess of Anglesey’s golf course. He commissioned Herbert Fowler to design it and in 1913, Fowler completed the job. The golf club was formed seven years later, affording the poor Marquess some tax benefits and some income from the lease.

“About twenty-five miles away from Birmingham, near Hednesford, is Beaudesert, which Mr. Herbert Fowler originally laid out for Lord Anglesey. Here might be one of the very best courses,” wrote Bernard Darwin in The Golf Courses of Great Britain, “for the turf is excellent and there is a flavour of Gleneagles about it. It stands high and is pleasanter in hot weather than cold, for the wind can blow there with penetrating shrewdness.”

Beau Desert, or “Beautiful Wilderness”, is an unusual name for a golf course, especially for a course located in such a manicured landscape. The land once formed part of the Marquess’s Beaudesert Estate. Once upon a time, the area may well have been wild and woolly, but it isn’t anymore. These days acres of woodland frame this heathland course.

It’s certainly not a long course, measuring 6,485 yards from the tips, but it’s narrow, requiring accuracy from the tee. The greens are quite large, especially the 18th, and they are full of wicked borrows, so expect a few three putts. Additionally, the holes are varied and memorable. Beau Desert is no pushover; on numerous occasions it has hosted Open Championship qualifying rounds.

One of the treats at Beau Desert is that you play most holes in splendid isolation; you can lose yourself in the trees here. If you take Beau Desert alongside Whittington Heath and Little Aston, you will experience three of middle England's best inland courses.

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Description: One of the many treats at Beau Desert Golf Club is that you play most holes in splendid isolation; you can lose yourself in the trees here. Additionally, the holes are varied and memorable. Rating: 8.3 out of 10 Reviews: 36
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Patrick Skakel
Played here today and thought the challenge was excellent. Despite of all the rain of late, the greens were great and very quick. Members say that they are almost unplayable in the summer, it wouldn't surprise me. If you get in the wrong places on the greens, you can record almost anything. The course was extremely hard to shoot low on and it can clearly be alot harder than in winter. The rough wasn't all that punishing and i'm sure in the summer, it would be almost impossible to beat handicap around. Great course...will definately be back again.
November 10, 2007
8 / 10
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Ted
Beau Desert is a seriously tough test of golf - you will be required to shape your drives and be very accurate, the rough due to the wet summer we are experiencing is penal.The greens are mostly large, of a quick pace with wicked undulations, also on occasions there are severe runoffs making getting up and down difficult.All in all an excellent and exacting heathland course - a word of warning - insect repellant will be useful to carry as midges are prevalent, in the nature of the some courses found in Scotland.
July 10, 2007
8 / 10
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David E Allen
This course has been used as an Open qualifier and when you play it you can understand why. It's tough and asks the questions you would expect of a course of this calibre. It offers the right amount of risk and reward options and the punishing rough gathers in the shots that didn't make the grade. A green fee here is money well spent. If it was located in the Surrey sandbelt it would be in the top 100. Not because of a north/south thing but the fact that it's simply not as well known.
April 17, 2007
10 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Similar to the other reviews; this is a lovely golf course full of quality. Every hole is worthy of a mention here and difficult to pick the best (maybe the 12th). The key to scoring well more so than nearly any other course that I have visited, is do not leave the fairway ! Every hole is tree lined, every hole has gorse and heather, and every hole has fern and bracken that surround the fairways - this is a special course, in a Walton Heath sort of way. I have noticed that on this site the word Gem is being used a lot - Beau Desert can stand proud under the 'gem' umbrella. Given the choice to play here or at any of nearby Belfry three courses, Beau Desert would get my vote every time. The position of 165 in the ratings is not fair (in my opinion). Come on 'Top100', move this up the rankings .....
September 07, 2004
8 / 10
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bdgrinsell
The first hole is known to members as the "The Pit" and has caught many single figure players out over the years, and I would disagree with the previous report saying it was the weakest hole on the course. The course takes you into Cannock Chase with views that are truly the best for many miles ,and certainly the best views of any course in the Midlands, and possibly equal to most courses in the British Isles. A tour of the magnificent clubhouse, will give you an insight into the history of the club, and the royalty that has played the course in past years.The food and beer was also of excellent quality , as was the reception from Mr Anthony Jones the assistant pro in the pro's shop.
May 24, 2004
10 / 10
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David Richards
The drive into the club gives you a feeling for the grandeur of this place. An understated yet comprehensive clubhouse makes the first impression pleasant. The opening hole to me is the weakest, a tee shot over what appears to be a bomb crater into a reasonably sized green. The second hole is where this course comes to life and it doesn't sit down until you hole your final putt. The 18th is rightly the signature hole. A shortish par 5 that requires pinpoint accuracy off the tee. The approach, if you dare can reach the green but it is all carry over gorse and other such nasties, and then you have the large green with more than one subtle borrow. Most of the holes are played out in their own little chapter, with almost every hole bordered by immense trees. This is a true hidden gem and a course I would thoroughly recommend.
May 18, 2004
8 / 10
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Chris
May 13, 2008
I have played all over the UK and Beau Desert is my favourite inland course. Have been coming to play the course for over 15 years, a real gem, great layout & wonderful greens. Although not a long course, accuracy off the tee & good iron play are crucial. The greens are amongst the best in the UK, very fast. Add to that,the wonderful facilities & hospitality, I promise you this place is definately 10 out of 10.