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Kings Norton Golf Club members have the option of playing on three different 9-hole loops, which are each colour-coded – Blue, Red & Yellow. The three loops confusingly pair up to create the Weatheroak, Brockhill and Wythall courses, each of which ends with a par five.
I too am a member of Kings Norton and having played most of the other clubs in the area on a regular basis, i'm surprised to see it below both Redditch & Fulford Heath in the rankings (both are good course in their own right, but I'd say are an easier test than KN). The 3 loops of 9 offer the member and visitor a choice of what course to play, with the Weatheroak (Blue/Red) hosting the majority of the club competitions. Longer than most courses in the area, it's a challenge for both high & low handicappers depending on what tee you play from. The greens are usually in great shape and the course drains fairly well in the wet weather. Water comes in to play on several holes and the elevations across the course ensure that no two holes are the same. The 7th Red is our feature hole, with the River Cole running straight down the middle of the fairway ready to catch any miss hit drive. Each loop of 9 finishes with a Par 5, giving you a chance of a closing birdie (or dare I say eagle) if you can get your drive away.
The club has great ambitions to host high profile tournaments in the future and are part way through a bunker construction project that will see improvements on all 27 of the holes at the club. I'd expect to see a rise in the Worcestershire rankings once the work is completed.
As a member of Kings Norton and without trying to sound too bias, I find it extremely hard to understand how its so low in the rankings. It should be comfortably inside the top 5 in Worcestershire.
Kings Norton comprises of 3 loops of 9 to form 3 separate courses, the listed course, Weatheroak, is the Blue/Red loop combination and in my opinion is the strongest of the 3 course configurations.
The course is currently undergoing a 3 yr bunker re-development, the Red loop is now completed with the Blue loop due to complete early 2020.
The course can play up to 7010 yards off the back tees, with a more forgiving 6437 yards off the yellows.
There are some really tough holes, blue 3rd plays tough with over 200 yards to this par 3 with front bunkers guarding wayward shots. The 6th also has strong dog leg to the right with out of bounds ready to catch anyone trying to take too much off. The 7th is great if you're not intimidated by water, this par 3 green is surrounded at the front and down the left.
The red loop is just as strong as the blue with the 2 feature holes coming on the 16th & 17th. You are surrounded by the River Cole, with it running all the way down the 16th to make for an interesting tee shot.
I would really recommend coming out to Kings Norton, I feel this ranking doesn't do it justice but interested to see others thoughts.