Little Aston - Staffordshire - England

Little Aston Golf Club,
Roman Road,
Streetly,
Sutton Coldfield,
West Midlands,
B74 3AN,
England


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Little Aston Golf Club is set in 176 acres of tranquil, mature parkland in the former grounds of Little Aston Hall. The club is hidden away on the edge of exclusive suburbia, eight miles north of Birmingham city centre. “A pleasant park course of excellent turf,” wrote Bernard Darwin in Golf Between Two Wars. “This is the kind of golf course which an eighteenth-century English gentleman would have approved.” wrote Patric Dickinson.

Harry Vardon reputedly laid out the course in 1908 for ten guineas. He had a charming and elegant piece of parkland to work with and succeeded in creating probably the best and toughest true parkland course in England. As it turned out, Vardon had created a course with long and challenging carries that ultimately proved too hard for the members, so Harry Colt was summoned to make the course friendlier. Mark Lewis (the club’s professional for over 40 years during the first half of the 20th century) must also be credited for taking Little Aston through to maturity.

The course is always well maintained and even in the winter it plays well for a parkland layout due to its gravel base and the club is justifiably proud of the quality of their large greens and of their trademark Colt bunkers. The undulating formal tree lined fairways ensure that you get a private and picturesque walk in the park.

Above all, Little Aston is an honest golf course. There are no tricks, and everything is clearly laid out in front of you. The first two holes are fairly ordinary but at the third, things start to get better with a testing short par five that cajoles you into opening your shoulders. There are a number of good golf holes here at Little Aston but it will take two or three rounds before you really begin to appreciate this golf course. It is therefore feasible that you might come away disappointed after playing here for the first time.

Little Aston has hosted many important amateur and professional events, including the British Masters, held here on five separate occasions, most recently in 1969.

Birmingham isn’t at the top of the list for golfing breaks, despite the fact that there are notable golf courses in this area, including Beau Desert, Whittington Heath and, of course, the Belfry. But if you do decide to visit this area, make sure you play Little Aston. It’s one of the best courses in the Midlands.

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Description: Little Aston Golf Club is hidden away on the edge of exclusive suburbia in acres of tranquil, mature parkland. The former grounds of Little Aston Hall. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 23
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Hugh
Little Aston is set in a salubrious area where the rich and famous Brummies live. The course is immaculate, especially in the summer and this tree-lined course is an oasis. Mature tress flank most of the holes and the bunkers are well positioned and well maintained. Holes are well mixed and varied and offer up an excellent challenge. Don’t forget your jacket and tie or you’ll be in the side bar - this is a traditional member’s club. Well worth playing if you like parkland courses.
April 24, 2005
6 / 10
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James Writer
Little Aston was indeed a nice golf club, old clubhouse and for being so close to Birmingham so quiet and peaceful. As for courses to play in the Midlands I don't feel it is the best course, Cosby in Leicestershire was immaculate, although a short course it was very tight and the greens were like something I've never putted on before quite superb and worth a visit for those alone....
November 26, 2004
4 / 10
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Hugh
A good honest parkland course in immaculate condition. I played it in the summer and I enjoyed it but somehow I expected a little bit more. Little Aston has been hyped up as one of the best parkland courses in the land and it's up there, although I think Stoke Park is as good and much more friendly. Bunkering is quite superb.
November 24, 2004
6 / 10
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