Ganton is an amazing golf course and one of six courses that should be considered as the finest inland golf courses in England. Those include Woodhall Spa, Notts, Walton Heath Old, Sunningdale Old and New, and Swinley Forest.
I have never played a course so well defended as Ganton. The placement of bunkers is superb and requires one to think strategically as to how they want to play the golf hole in front of you. The use of gorse, heather, and tall native grass is also really well done. If you can avoid a fairway bunker, whether it sits alongside the fairway, encroaches in modestly into the fairway, or is a cross bunker that you have to carry, then you just might be rewarded. But then each green is also well defended by bunkers.
The greens are not very tricky but a one putt is still a difficult challenge on many of them unless you are within five feet. But then the greens should not be the main challenge given what you have to do in order to arrive at them.
If one was a member at Ganton and played here every day, one's game would certainly improve whether it is the tee shot or the short game.
Yes, there were a few weak holes such as the 17th which as a par four is not good, yet from the championship tees is a par 3 and then is very good. The two par fives are weak compared to the rest of the golf course. I counted eight holes I thought were good - 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 18.
You have to be a very good player to score well here and a 10+ index could easily roll up a score in the 90's and above.
Ganton is very much worth the trip to play. It is easily played twice in the same day and perhaps even a third round if you play it in June-August with good weather.
Ganton is in the discussion of the best golf course in the world that is on flat land. If it were a bit closer to better hotels it would be even more popular than it is. I loved it.
Date: September 28, 2019