Played Forest Pines for the 3rd time yesterday and as always it provides a great test. The condition of the course wasn't amazing, but that has to be expected with the horrendous weather we have endured the past couple of weeks. However, it really is a cracking layout, not overly long (Pines 9 has a few tough Par 4s), but in general it is a fantastic risk and reward course. You can see the comparison to the likes of the Duchess Course at Woburn in areas because of how narrow it is, you almost feel as though the trees are about to collapse on you. Like everyone will say who's played it, the stretch of holes from 2-6 are one of the finest stretches of holes you'll find around England. 2 wonderful Par 5s at 3 and 5, you get a hint of Augusta with the flowers and heather blooming around the green on 5 and the 3rd is like a remake of the 13th at Augusta, big swinging Par 5 where a creek runs all the way down the left then cuts infront of the green. This is a brilliant risk and reward hole. You then have the 2 very challenging Par 3s at 6 on the Forest and 7 on the Pines, played straight over water to 2 undulating greens. Make sure you take enough club, as I was told 10,000 balls were fished out of the pond in one year on the 7th (Pines). Everyone that plays here I'm sure will enjoy the experience as it is a wonderful layout that you will rarely find this type of course in the UK. It just needs that extra bit of investment on the conditioning of the course to take it to the next level, and then in the future it could easily hold events like the Solheim Cup etc. Must mention it is very good value for money too as QHotels do some great deals.
Date: April 06, 2015