Founded in 1889, Ludlow is the oldest club affiliated to the Shropshire & Herefordshire Union of Golf Clubs. The following edited extract is from James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses by John F. Moreton and Iain Cumming:
“Laid out inside the racecourse, Ludlow is flat, has sandy soil, bracken, gorse, two reservoirs and is set in attractive countryside. Nine holes at first, it had become eighteen before Braid arrived in the autumn of 1927 to ‘improve’ the course.
The minutes of the club reveal the details: forty-two new bunkers, eleven new tees which means a considerable lengthening of the course, and the re-laying of parts of two greens. This was all done over the winter of 1927-28 and was ready for the next season.”
Today, the layout extends to 6,277 yards, with the front nine routed around the perimeter of the property, enclosing the back nine. Feature holes include the short par four 5th, the tough, left doglegging 8th, and back-to-back par threes at the 13th and 14th.
Ludlow golf course is set within the racecourse and therefore fairly flat but that should not detract from it being a pretty good golf course. I have played Ludlow a few times (admittedly not for a few years) and the one thing I do remember that is the greens were always of good quality and pace. The first six holes go around the outside of the course anticlockwise following the racetrack with the racetrack generally down the right of holes but sometimes crossing over the fairway. After that the course basically sits in the middle of holes 1-6. Another feature is there is quite a lot of gorse/broom which defines some of the holes and in particular tests your driving accuracy. My favourite hole would be the 15th (a dog-leg par 4 of 387 yards) which follows back to back par 3's including an old quarry to be cleared on 14. Quite a few interesting holes which combined with good greens makes it worth a visit if in the area.