I enjoyed my recent visit to Braintree Golf Club in charity golf day. The holes are framed by mature trees making it an attractive layout on the eye, turf quality of the fairways was carpet like and pleasure to hit off, despite being warned the rough was extra thick due to overseeding it wasn’t especially penal and have played much worse recently. The tight fairways were a bigger challenge (and small greens), not a course to pull out the driver on every holes unless you want to risk some heroic lines (a resultant ball loss) on the numerous dog legs, a majority of the time a more measured approach using a hybrid or long iron from the tee pays dividends leaving nothing more than a mid-iron into the majority greens.
Notwithstanding it being high summer when most courses are at their best the greens were disappointing, very inconsistent with numerous fluffy long patches blighting almost all of them, it looked as if they needed a good roll to flatten them out so the mowers could get a good cut. The hole routing is very much dictated by a relatively small site, you don’t see the first par 5 until the 12th and only one more on the 18th, these were very much compromised by the limited space, on 12 only real option is an iron/hybrid off the tee and 18 same again unless you can hit a high fade with your driver. The par 3’s offered the best variety and fun, a good mix of long, mid and short holes which get most of your irons out of the bag.
Overall Braintree is worth a stop if you’re in the area, a solid parkland course in a tranquil locale and friendly club with great facilities.
Date: July 22, 2021