Review for JCB

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I want to pay so many compliments to JCB Golf & Country Club, that’s it’s hard to know where to start.

The first thing to say is that thought has gone into absolutely everything, from start to finish. The warm welcome we received on arrival, the bag towels with our names on them as a gift, the food and service in the relaxed bar, the driving range with ProV1s, the pro shop with reasonably priced stock, the JCB yellow buggies included in the round…and this is even before we talk about the superb course and the monumental effort in terms of build and design.

You can’t help but be taken aback by the fact that prior to 2018, there was relatively flat farmland in the Staffordshire countryside. What Robin Hiseman and his team have done is incredible. Half a million tonnes of earth shifted, extensive drainage put in to counter the fact it’s built on heavy clay and you honestly wouldn’t have a clue. It looks so natural and for a new course, relatively mature.

I’ve played plenty of Clubs where the facilities are stunning but it overshadows an average course and this is certainly not the case here. There isn’t a bad hole on the course and in fact you don’t have to wait long for the good ones either as the first is a stunning Par 4 with water in play off the tee and the approach. It sets the tone perfectly. The 17th island green will be the most pictured hole on the course and it’s a breathtaking long downhill Par 3 over water to an island green, but there are plenty of other superb holes. The Par 5 sweeping dog leg 3rd is a beautiful hole with the green playing alongside a hungry stream. The short downhill Par 3 9th in front of ruins of a stately home (soon to be the new clubhouse) is a stunner, the par 4 11th played over a brook into a narrow green and the Par 5 13th with the fairway halved by a lake with the green hidden behind, both great.

JCB built this course to compete with John Deere and their TPC Deere Run and what they have built is a stunning engineering and design feat that could easily host big events and has an extremely bright future. If you’re lucky enough to be invited, jump at the chance!

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Date: July 08, 2021

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