Played recently on a perfect Summers evening - this is probably my fourth visit over the years and it's a place I always look forward to visiting.When you arrive, the clubhouse and locker rooms have a very 'traditional' feel about them, but its all very comfortable and all the memebers we met were extremely friendly.
A quick visit to the sizable practice facility before we started - only downside was having to hit off mats, before you make your way to the first. A 400 yard par 4 to start with reasonably generous fairways but it still needs a couple of decent shots if you want to get up and running with a par.
The next hole of note is the 4th which in my opinion is the worst hole on the course - plays about 450 yards off the yellows but it's a par 5. The problem lies with the green which is set in a deep bowl, with a steep rough covered bank just short and a brook over the back. In my opinion it's very difficult to get on it two unless you have hit a tee shot approaching 300 yards or unless you run it down the bank and get lucky.
This is followed by the 5th - a strong par 4 with a blind tee shot up the hill - criticism here is that they have grown the rough in on the right at driving distance - so unless you play here regularly, it's easy to lose a ball as one of our group did. There follows a nice mix of par 3's and 4's before you cross the A57 to the 12th.
From here, you encounter what we thought were the best run of holes - 13th ( SI1 par 4) and 14th a long straight away par 5 being the stand out ones.You finally cross the road to 18 which is a par 3 playing around 200 yards - good luck if you need a par or better to complete a good round, because if you miss what is a very narrow green you will struggle.
Overall conditioning of the course was excellent - green surfaces very good but a little on the slow side ahead of major competitions they have coming up. Fairways in the main were reasonably generous, but if you do get off line the rough was extremely penal - we found very few balls in the rough.Overall a really good place to play with a very reasonable green fee for a Top 100 course.
Date: July 02, 2014