Review for Brancepeth Castle

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An interesting site for a golf course, Brancepeth is a Harry Colt design not far from Durham in the North East of England. As with Garforth, Brancepeth has lots of rumpled fairways (but the odd flat spot to aim for). The 1st gets you thinking straight away, with lots of options off the tee, and if not going for the short par 4 in one off the tee, position is key in the layup.

The real standout holes are Brancepeths version of ‘amen corner’- 8-9-10. Right next to the castle that gives the course its name, there’s a huge ravine which these holes play over and back. The 8th is a par 4 with a carry over the ravine, but the 9th and 10th are back to back tough par 3s, both fairly long with small targets to hit. Despite the challenge, these are both memorable and fun tee shots.

Another stand out hole is the short par 4 14th, where again placing yourself in a good position of the tee is key. The 14th has an interesting, undulating green, something which is evident throughout the course and provides intrigue throughout.

Brancepeth is a hilly site and a hard walk but still a place that features a lot of fun shots. I’ve played a lot at Edgbaston GC which is also a Colt design and seeing the renovation there from Frank Pont, it would be great to see him do some of his work here. Either way, Brancepeth Castle is worth a visit.

Date: September 02, 2020

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