I visited Luffenham Heath recently on a Saturday and we teed off around 11am. On arrival the club house was locked unless you had a card entrance key for the changing rooms, thankfully one of the friendly pro shop staff let us in! Having driven up to the course for over an hour and a half we were hoping for a coffee and a bacon roll but the bar was shut, no food was on offer and the only coffee was from a machine. The place seemed deserted at a time of the morning when most clubs would be reasonably busy! The course itself was not as good as I had hoped really, this is not to say that it was poor, it certainly wasn't that, just that in my opinion it didn't live up to its billing or position within the Top 100. Describing it as a heathland course is unfair to those that are. Yes, there is gorse and mature woodland is all around but the soil is heavier 'clay'-like than the expected sandy, springy soils of, say, Walton Heath or West Hill. Having said that, the course was a good if somewhat forgiving test (bad tee shots had to be very bad to find real trouble) with some very nice holes, noteably the 7th, 17th and 18th. For the time of year the course was in good condition, the tees were firm and well mown and the greens were consistent and well maintained. Be warned though, they are large so you could still be faced with some long putts! Much work was being done on all of the bunkers on the course which is only to be expected at this time of the year and will obviously improve the course next year. All in all an enjoyable round but not as sparkling as some courses of a similar rating that I have played.
Date: November 08, 2004