Gave Brampton a 2nd try, now that it was back on proper tees and greens for April. Condition of course was still not up to scratch with hairy greens and scruffy tees...played nearby Penrith a few days later and this was in much better condition for the time of the year. The par 3 1st is not a very exciting hole to begin the round and the 2nd is a pretty straight forward par 4 played to a well bunkered elevated green. The 3rd is a good tough par 4, and along with the long 17th these are the 2 best holes on the course. Crossing the road, a collection of short par 4's with blind 2nd shots in a cramped space have very little to recommend them from a golf architecture perspective, although the views offered from some of the tees are very good. The 3 finishing holes are all decent, with the short 16th requiring an accurate wedge shot to a well bunkered green, the long 17th requiring 3 decent shots to make a par, and the last is a good finishing hole requiring an accurate drive and mid iron 2nd to a sloppy green.
I'd really like to give Brampton a better review as my local course but the hand of James braid has only been lightly applied(he didn't design all 18 holes)here, and as with so many courses around the world, you are as good as the piece of the land you have to work with. Brampton just needs more space and some modifications of its collection of shorts par 4's to improve what could be a good course from what is currently only an average course in many respects.
Date: April 21, 2017