The Herefordshire Golf Club was founded in 1896 but moved home a few times before settling into its current parkland site at Ravens Causeway in 1932. The par four 8th is the toughest hole… a potential card-wrecker.
A well designed parkland course with a huge variety of holes, The Herefordshire is set in the middle of tranquil and beautiful countryside. Some of the surrounding views are so good, you just feel very lucky to be playing golf in such a location. The individual holes have been well summed up by a previous reviewer and my favourites were the 5th a sporting short par 4, the 11th a scenic par 4 from a raised tee and the rollercoaster par 5 at 14 which at 534 yards is the longest hole. The finishing two holes although not long require good accuracy from the tee, if a good card is not to be ruined.
The one aspect which lets the golf course down is that the underlying soil is clay or very similar, with the result that drainage can become a real problem. The grass is lush and very green, but we played during a particularly wet autumn and were smattered with mud long before the end. We decided to play preferred lies even from the light rough because the golf ball quickly got covered in cloying mud. I was told that in summer time when it is dry, conditions are near perfect and I would like to return and play at that time. But in the meantime I have marked a worthy 4 ball rating down to 3 and a half, because whenever conditions are so heavy underfoot, it does make playing the game hard work.
The Herefordshire is set in the middle of the countryside and is a beautiful spot and the course itself makes use of the natural contours. Flat it is not and when you stand back on the 8th fairway and look back across to the clubhouse on the far side of the hill you realise the extent of the walk, but in truth the design of the course seemingly gets you there without too many steep climbs. Very different to Kington, more parkland in style with trees, valleys and slopes defining some of the holes. The grass always seems greener here, and in truth I have played here in all sorts of weather (it does seem to rain a lot !) and the course does flood quite easily.
A very traditional course, there is a great variety of holes, some quirky which all adds to the fun. There are blind tee shots (including at 2 and 3), short birdeable par 4's (at 4 and 10), tricky par 3's (5 and 7), long uphill par 4's (6 and 8), dog-legs (including 3 and 9), steep downhill tee shot at 11, a tight narrow hole at 12 (with a shot uphill to a plateau green), a couple of par 5's (the 14th steeply downhill at the end, and 16 narrow and uphill all the way), a par 3 over water at 15, a very tricky green at 17 and a bit of a quirky finish at 18. Most enjoyable, every hole different and well worth playing if in the area.