The two 18-hole golf courses at Nene Park in Peterborough are just two of the outdoor activities operated by the Nene Park Trust, a registered charity established in the late 1990s to manage and protect the various facilities – including walks and trails, water sports and play areas – that are used by local people for their recreation, education and leisure.
The Thorpe Wood course is a Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas design which is recognised as one of the best pay-and-pay facilities in the region. Extending to 6,631 yards from the back tees, the course plays to a par of 71, boasting a rather unusual layout that starts with a par three at the 188-yard 1st hole and ends with back-to-back par fives at the 17th and 18th.
The front nine holes are routed around the perimeter of the property, completely enclosing the back nine, with holes 3, 4 and 5 set out alongside the River Nene. On the back nine, the par three 11th is the longest of the three one-shot holes on the inward half, with bunkers protecting both the right and left flanks of a kidney-shaped green.
I came down here on my way to Lincolnshire and didn’t really know what to expect as I had not googled or read any reviews. But I was pleasantly surprised it was a really nice golf course with some very friendly staff. It also has an American golf and an outstanding driving range attached to it. The fairways were in great condition and the greens were really well kept also. I must also say I really liked the layout of the course and the length of the holes which really allowed me to have a great practice round.