I have lived in the heathland sand belt of Surrey and Hampshire my entire life and had barely heard of Blackmoor until I started working through the Top 100. It is a course that flies under the radar, but it really shouldn’t. There are some fabulous holes on this short Par 69.
Measuring only 6,164 yards off the whites, it is a deceptively tricky course that requires accuracy off the tee.
The best holes at Blackmoor have been reserved for those visible from the clubhouse, with a pretty opening Par 4 onto an elevated green and the stretch from holes 8-10, which includes a risk/reward Par 5 that can be reachable in two, the beautiful Par 3 9th and a brilliant driving hole from the dog leg right Par 4 10th. Finally the fine finishing hole, which offers spectators from the clubhouse balcony great views of approach shots into a green that falls off sharply into a ravine on the right hand side and a very tricky putting surface.
I can’t think of too many courses that have 5 holes visible from the clubhouse, so that must make this one of the most action packed balconies anywhere in England!
The other holes to mention were the Par 4 11th and the Par 3 12th. The 11th is Played through a narrow tree line into a fairway guarded by cleverly positioned bunkers. Like many holes on the course it suits a natural fader of the ball and if you have a fade in your locker, it would be a key asset at Blackmoor. The 12th is a beautiful short Par 3 onto an elevated Green, guarded by bunkers.
A slight negative for me are a couple of the holes at the far end of the course. Holes 7 & Holes 14 are fairly average and it felt like teeing off into a field. You’d struggle to miss the wide open fairways.
But they are the only real negatives I can pick out of a course that everyone should make a trip to play.
In a discussion about fine sand belt courses, Blackmoor is a name worthy of inclusion.
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Date: October 05, 2020