I came here with perhaps unreasonable expectations having been told it was the best in the midlands, but both myself and my partner agreed that all in all it flattered to decieve. Considering it was late November you could tell the condition was generally excellent, with some classy bunkering, well kept fairways and carpet like (if frosty!) greens, but with a few too many so so holes, particuarly on the back nine, and an at times uninspiring layout.
The plot of land at times felt too small for a golf course - some of the holes felt shoehorned in to make up the 18, with tee boxes and greens regularly crossing over each other. The clubhouse, likewise, is a lovely old building but the interior was in pretty dire need of an update and the visitor changing rooms weren't great for a club as prestigious.
That said, it is still a good parkland course in excellent condition. Many holes are great, particularly (for me) the par 3 over water 9th, the heavily bunkered par 4 10th and the weaving par 5 12th, and with more good holes than average ones. If it were at its best all the way round id be a lot quicker to praise it, but with its inconsistency for a course rated as highly we couldn't help be a bit underwhelmed.
Date: November 28, 2017