Originally named the Windmill course when it opened in 1995, designed by former Ryder Cupper Brian Huggett, the American-styled Championship course at Hawkstone Park features a clutch of dramatic do-or-die water holes.
Hawkstone Park Golf Club is a venue that benefits greatly from having two 18-hole parkland golf courses. Both of the main courses offer something slightly different.
The newer 'Championship' course begins in a similar fashion to its elder brother in that many of the holes are tree-lined with plenty of trouble around the greens. It is not until the back nine that the course opens up slightly and presents the best holes on the entire property.
The 10th is an excellent dog-leg par five around a huge lake and the 12th is also a good hole from the tee. The 13th requires you to judge how much of the fairway you can bite off before you play another strong par five with some good bunkering down the left. The 15th is perhaps the best hole and sits nicely into the landscape and hole 16, a short-ish par four, plays well too. The round closes with a sound par three and a strong final hole back up the hill.
The Championship course is the better of the two but with accommodation on site if you are heading to Hawkstone Park you may as well decide for yourself and play them both.
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