There is no doubt that, as soon as you enter the clubhouse at Coombe Hill GC, you get a sense the quality and attention to detail that’s ahead of you. The clever use of space throughout the venue is noticeable in every department, from clubhouse, to practice areas, to the course itself.
There have been significant improvements since I came here 4 years previous, mainly cosmetically, as the new groundsman has a vast and efficient team, who ensure the highest greenkeeping standards are maintained rigorously.
Although the course is restricted by its boundaries, the challenge isn’t compromised, with the most fearsome defence of the course being the undulating, electrifying greens. Despite many holes looking like a drive and a flick on the scorecard, especially by modern standards, the course has an ample amount of trees and thick rough, so keeping the ball on the fairway is more beneficial than a length advantage, to score here - particularly as you’ll need to control your approach shots into the slick surfaces. The lie of the land and design of the holes offer a variety of challenges, as you are faced with numerous elevation changes, which require good judgement and shot selection to land and hold the ball on the greens.
Standout shots include the tee shot on the par three 12th and the drive on the par-5 15th, which invites a soft fade from an elevated tee. The only obvious weak point of this layout is the blind approach to 18, so remember to take a look at the green and the pin before you head out!
For me, this is a really interesting and enjoyable golf course. A round here gives plenty of opportunities to choose different shot types from tee to green and regularly challenges your short game.
Date: September 06, 2017