Review for Forest Pines (Forest & Pines)

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I have rated this higher than Ed because whilst I agree with his review, this is a course you would stay over in the hotel at and play the different loops on multiple days.

I think FP is seriously underrated. The hotel has recently changed ownership (away from Q Hotels to Doubletree). It has a proper resort feel with spa and nice looking outside seating and decking facing onto the 1st tee of the Pines Loop and 9th green of the Forest Loop

The Forest/Pines combination is my favourite and in that order. Best played off the whites, the 1st is a nice sweeping right to left opener. Get past the tree on the fairway and its a relatively straight shot into a a green that slopes back to front. You then move onto the 2nd which is a lovely looking hole and off the whites there are several bunkers that can come into play. You then follow onto as par 5, 4 , 5 stretch . The short par 4 in the midst of these shouldn’t cause issues but invariably does either being blocked on the left or too big a drive can reach the bunker or worse the shrubs behind it. The 5th par is lovely, long and straight but hitting your 3rd into a green which is in a bowl and with a deep pot bunker behind for any shot that is too big. The 6th is one of my favourites, a 175 yard par 3 over water . This is followed by a nice par 7th hole and to finish the loop the par 4 9th again is a nice hole to play back to the clubhouse.

The PInes loop starts with another par 5, which is rather unspectacular, but the next hole is a gem (aim left of the tree in the fairway) with a raised and banked green. The par 3 3rd again is a lovely hole and you then follow a section of really good holes. The 6th is a good par 5 where dependent upon your drive the water can come into play and a green with clever bunkers and slopes and furrows. The 7th is a long par 3 all over water but a great hole and this is followed by another par 5 - watch for the bunkers that come right across the course where your tee shot is about to land.

You finish on a strong par 4 of over 450 yards, before a well deserved drink on the verandah decking to watch the myriad of golfers heading out for their rounds.

This is a popular course and stay over hotel and the course is always open and rarely greens not in play, even when it is frosty.

The Beeches loop is nice but it’s the Forest/Pines which is a real treat and imo should be Top 100 in England.

Date: July 17, 2019

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