Hinckley Golf Club unveiled its new 18-hole layout in 1983, with the clubhouse opening two years later. Ninety years earlier, the club had been formed as Burbage Common Golf Club in 1894, when permission was granted to establish a 6-hole course on Burbage Common.
Over time, land from the adjacent brick yard and quarry site was acquired, allowing extra holes to be added to the initial design. The club recovered from the trauma of losing its clubhouse to fire in 1952 then, thirty years later, with the co-operation of the local council and other authorities, the new club emerged.
Featuring four attractive man-made lakes, the course was designed and built by Southern Golf, a very experienced construction company that has worked extensively in the UK and throughout Europe on many high-end projects.
Configured as two returning nines, the course plays to a par of 71, extending to 6,470 yards, and the round ends somewhat unconventionally here with a long par three. Feature holes include the severely left doglegging par five 4th, the water-laden short par three 12th, and the par four 16th, where more water threatens the right side of the green.
Played in a very wet May, we got lucky with the weather and the sun was out for the full round. The course was a pleasant surprise! Quite an undulating course with plenty of water. Whilst not particularly long, I really liked how each hole was very different from the last which presents you with the chance to play a variety of shots and get all the clubs out of the bag. The undulating nature results in a real range of lies which challenges your shotmaking ability. The greens were not great on the day but this is a bit understandable given the heavy rain that has been coming down for the last few weeks.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed it, the kind of course I could enjoy playing again and again and in different ways too.