The following edited extract is taken from Peter Pugh & Henry Lord’s book titled Creating Classics: the golf courses of Harry Colt:
“Moseley Golf Club was founded in 1892 on land rented from Billesley Farm. Moseley today stands at 6,292 yards, par 70 and is set in mature parkland with tree-lined fairways that demand straight driving.
The course was originally nine holes, but was soon redesigned and extended, mainly by Harry Colt, who visited Moseley at least four times. In 1913 he advised on a new layout for the course and in 1926 he came back to oversee bunkering.
Ten years later he returned to create ‘The Lake,’ Moseley’s feature hole at the 5th. This 424-yard par four plays over a lake and doglegs sharply left around thick trees.
The golfer is presented with two options: the conservative approach is to play for the visible fairway between the trees, leaving a long second shot into the well-bunkered green; alternatively, the golfer can attempt a dangerous drive over high trees, cutting the corner. If successful, only a short iron into the green is needed.
During this later visit, Colt also planned the new 4th hole. Today this par three is 200 yards long off elevated back tees and plays to a small green. Just one bunker protects the hole, but the steep drop-offs and heavy rough surrounding it provide strong defence.
Other suggested alterations included changes to the 12th and several other holes. One such proposal – the building of a new tee for the 7th near the top right edge of the 6th green – was only implemented in the late 1990s.”
Moseley GC is a technical challenge with several strategically placed bunkers often leaving you between clubs on the tee box. We had a very warm welcome from the pro shop, who took the time to talk us through the facilities on the site, and point out some of the key holes / moments on the layout. You are made to feel like a day member here, as opposed to another green fee in the tills.
The course was a little burnt out in places with the warm weather recently, but the greens were running to perfection, some of the quickest surfaces I've played on this year. Tee boxes, bunkers and the rough all well maintained and manicured.
The track opens with a short par 4, a large elevated green well guarded with bunkers requires an accurate second. What follows are 4 tough holes, with the narrow uphill second, long par 4 3rd, and the two signature holes of the course (4 and 5). The 4th a good length par 3 with an amphitheatre of trees, and the 5th a long drive over the lake, make sure your drive goes high enough to cover the tree line. The 6th is also a memorable par 3, coming off the top of the hill and back in towards the middle of the property. Following these, the holes loops back around towards the clubhouse before you head back out on the back 9. I particularly enjoyed the 18th, with two well struck shots this is a great eagle opportunity with the old clubhouse serving as the backdrop.
A really great value for money course, the club has an intimate feel and the members really make you feel part of the club during your round here. The only drawback we felt the course had was due to it being situated in the middle of a busy town and housing estates, on pretty much every hole you can hear cars / sirens and ice cream vans which is somewhat off putting at times. This aside it's a club with great character, smart architecture and use of the land give the track good pace and no 2 holes are the same. Well worthy of it's current ranking!
I played Moseley earlier this summer and it was in great condition considering the rain that had fallen days before.
It has a short par 4 to open so your eyes light up as you reach for your driver, you probably shouldn't! Just hit a nice mid to long iron and you'll be wedging in.
I enjoyed the layout of the course and the bunkering made you think about where to hit your tee shots. As mentioned by other reviewers the 5th is a fun hole, pick a spot to the left, over the lake (don't get too greedy) and open your shoulders!
I thought there was some really nice holes on the bank 9, I enjoyed holes 12 through 15, again making you really think off the tee.
I can see why this is ranked 2nd in Worcestershire and would recommend playing here in the summer.
Played Moseley in September 2018 and was very impressed with the condition of the course, especially the greens which were very good. I generally like Harry Colt courses and this was no exception. An easy walking course with interesting well bunkered green complexes. Stroke index 1 (the 5th) is a very interesting par 4 dog-leg hole with the drive over a lake (first time out it was difficult to know which line to take) and I also recall the 8th as being an interesting short dog-leg hole down into a corner. My general impression was of plenty of good holes and it is a course I would like to revisit