Played this week on a hot and cloudless day - fair to say that from the clubhoues the course looked a picture and was very quiet indeed - millionaires golf in more ways than one. The place has a very exclusive feel about it situated as it is on effctively a private estate. The course itself is very enjoyable and is situated on a beautiful piece of land with stunning scenery - just a few distractions on the back 9 from a road that runs quite close and a railway line that runs alongside a couple of the holes. Playing off the yellows it's about 6400 yards but wasn't playing it due to the fast running conditions. The 2 biggest challenges are avoiding the fairway bunkers and holding a ball on the firm greens. Some very nice holes especially the 17th, as well as the par 5's and the par 3's. Condition of the course was very good - greens were on the slow side (not a huge surprise given the very hot conditions), and the bunkers had a greater number of stones than you would expect. I understand there is a debate in the Midlands as to whether Little Aston or Blackwell is the better club - having played them both, Little Aston just about shades it for me, but there is really very little in it and you would be happy to play either of them on a regular basis.
Date: July 11, 2013