Located right next door to Northamptonshire County Golf Club, the 27-hole golf facility at Brampton Heath Golf Centre is a family-owned business that’s been operating since 1995. As well as an 18-hole course, it offers a 9-hole short course which is perfect for beginners and family golf, along with an 18-bay driving range.
Trees and bushes that were planted back at the start have matured to add even more splendour to this beautiful, undulating heathland layout. It’s also a well-drained course which is maintained to a high standard, offering very affordable playing options to members and casual green fee paying players.
Configured with two returning loops of nine holes, the course extends to 6,525 yards from the tips and plays to a par of 72. Feature holes include the par three 7th, played over a small pond to the green; back-to-back par fives at the 10th and 11th; and the par four 18th, where a pond protects the right side of the home green.
This is a nice enough course that uses the sandy ground and the gorse bushes well to create a good value experience. Whilst not in the league of its next door neighbour, it is still worth playing if in the area.
The first hole is a strong par 4 and the second is a good hole. A par 4 where the land falls away to the left (towards a pond) followed by a semi blind approach to a large green. 4 was also a nice hole with a sneaky burn just short of the green.
The holes following this were a bit weaker and cramped together but the course gets a new lease of life on the back 9. 10 and, in particular, 11, are good solid holes (these ones border Northamptonshire County so you can sneak a peak of its older and more established neighbour through the trees).
The rest of the holes are decent enough but nothing really jumps out until the strong finish with 17 and 18 (which is a dramatic final hole with a small pond on the right hand side of the green, ready to ruin your day).
Overall, a good value course that left a good impression.
A pretty decent course, has improved since the original layout. The first is a downhill par 4, which is a really challenging approach shot where missing left leaves you a very tricky up and down. The other highlights are the par 3 7th, and par 3 12th. No really weak holes and an enjoyable round.
Located on sandy ground, just to the west of Northampton, Brampton Heath is a semi-heathland course that belies its age of less than two decades.
Opened in May 1995 it still shows signs of its youth but the many trees and gorse bushes that were planted to complement the existing trees are in the process of maturing. It could perhaps be argued that many of the trees are not really required but the dabs of gorse certainly add elements of strategy.
Recognised as an excellent winter course it is often open when many others in the Midlands are waterlogged. My round here in January 2016 followed a few weeks of extremely high rainfall and the course was still extremely playable with only a few of the lowland areas showing any real signs of wetness.
Neighbouring the excellent Northamptonshire County Golf Club the course shares similar good turf. There are certainly no poor holes on the layout and several good ones including the first which is a promising introduction to the round and the 18th which is a potential card-wrecker. In-between there’s a decent mix of solid holes.
The greens also fit their surroundings well and offer interest throughout. The only thing that really frustrated me was a number of long walks from green to the next tee.
Admittedly it isn’t a course I’d rush back to play in the summer but it’s definitely a course I will keep on my radar for the off-season or if close-by.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.