It is around 4 last years since my previous visit to Clitheroe and my memories ring true with the comments of prevaious reviewers re poor drainage and inconsistent greens. Played on 11th June and was very impressed indeed.To put this review in context it had rained heavily for 4 of the 5 previous days yet there was no lying water anywhere on the course, all the bunkers were excellent and the greens as good as any I have played this year. Some of the aprons at the front of the greens were soft and holding ( not surprising given recent weather) which meant judging approaches difficult. The greens were however very true and quick and very difficult to hold a ball on. The course is being used for Regional Open qualifying in afew weeks time and there are several greens on which they could come up with some truly wicked greens.The course itself contains a great mix of holes all of which are accompanied by stunning scenery. Stand out holes for me would be the 3rd ( tough par 4), the 4th ( great short par 4), the 5th (stunning short par 3) and I particularly enjoyed the final 3 which are made up of a great but dangerous short par 4 16th ( wicked green), short par 3 17th (water in play and wicked green) and the par 5 18th which is a very generous finishing hole which provides a great birdie chance.Overall this is a course were you feel you should score well, but to do so will require lots of skill in and around the greensFinally a mention for the catering - sausage sandwich absolutely first class and a very well stocked pros shop which is a veritable aladdins cave of golf gear.A great course which is now firmly back on my list of favourites.
Date: June 12, 2012