Northamptonshire County - Northamptonshire - England

Northamptonshire County Golf Club,
Golf Lane,
Church Brampton,
Northampton,
NN6 8AZ,
England


  • +44 (0) 1604 843025

  • Rob Griffiths

  • Harry Colt, James Braid, Cameron Sinclair

  • Tim Rouse

If Northamptonshire County Golf Club was located closer to London, it would not only be well known, but also a regular ranking contender for our English Top 100.

Originally nominated as a Gem by Paul, and added to the Top 100 website in January 2008, Northamptonshire County has now been awarded a coveted ranking position. Paul’s original nomination article follows which paints a very pretty picture of this relatively undiscovered centurion.

“Northamptonshire County Golf Club borders the Althorp Estate and is set in the village of Church Brampton. It is a very traditional course and although parkland in style, it has a heathland feel to it. Designed by Harry Colt in 1909 and standing the test of time very well after a bunker layout change in 1947 by James Braid, the club is now extending the course further with many new tees opening in spring 2008 to lengthen the layout to over 6,700 yards.

The course is rather unique with three extra holes – designed by course architect Cameron Sinclair – added to the front nine layout giving players who are looking to play only nine holes the option to play 7a, 8a & 9a, which return back to the clubhouse leaving the 18-hole circuit clear after the first six holes for those playing a full round. These new holes have a feel of Woburn about them and are well worth playing if you fancy 27 holes in one day. The greens are very true with some very difficult pin positions available and the whole course is always well presented.

For many years now the course has been used as a regional open qualifying venue and has staged the British Girls Open Tournament and recently the PGA Seniors Club Professional Championship. The club itself is very friendly and the members are very courteous towards visitors with a good selection of food available in the clubhouse.

This is a course with a very good pedigree and offers a great golfing challenge any time of the year as it drains very well during the winter months.”

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Description: If Northamptonshire County Golf Club was located closer to London, it would not only be well known, but also a regular ranking contender for our English Top 100. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 7

Northamptonshire County Golf Club at Church Brampton is a big, bold and at times intimating heathland course that provides one of the sternest inland tests in the country.

It’s a venue that seems to go somewhat under the radar, even within golfing circles around the Midlands, but can and does hold its own against most of its peers.

It’s not a heathland layout in the mould of those on the sandbelt South-West of London; there is very little heather to be found here, however, there is firm, sandy, well-draining turf and an abundance of gorse. So much so in fact that coupled with lots of other shrubbery and trees it feels very claustrophobic, at times overly so.

A number of the tee-shots have limited visibility and although this adds to the overgrown feel I quite like the intimidation factor that this presents in a similar way to Alwoodley Golf Club in Yorkshire.

On many of the holes you are asked to work your ball from left-to-right and often into the lie of the land. As a consequence this can make the course play even longer but there is such an onus on being on the fairway it is imperative that you don’t try and force it around here.

If the playability factor of Northamptonshire County improved, by clearing out a lot of the undergrowth, I think I would rank this course much higher. As it stands I was still very impressed by my first visit to this fine club and hope to make it an annual visit.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

4 / 6
Northamptonshire County
May 05, 2017


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The course here at Church Brampton had passed me by until this year and I played for the first time in early September. My first piece of advice is, if you have the course on your list ‘to-play’ – then do not delay as this is very good indeed. A very traditional club that has been around for more than 100 years and one of those courses that is a real pleasure to play. The members that I met on that sunny September day were all great company and most welcoming and obviously very proud of their club. For those who play golf in around London and especially in Surrey and Berkshire, then the County course will have a familiar feel, sandy soil and established trees all around are stand-out features. The main train-line dissects the course in a thirteen / five holes split and this is just another plus-point as the five on the south-side of the track are arguably the very best part of the course. The 1st hole is a very strong par-4 at 450 yards, this is then followed by a reachable par-5 and a great looking par-3. The 4th is one of two short par-4’s on the front nine, the 8th being the other and both ooze quality. The front-nine ends at the furthest part of the course from the clubhouse with a brilliant green with superb subtle twists and turns. The back nine starts with those five holes across the rail track and could be a run of holes that is right up there with the best in country. The 10th and 11th are par-4’s over 400 yards each, both with a slight turn to the right, then the delicate par-3 12th, only 135 yards at most is just a great looking hole. The two holes closing this run of five are again par-4’s just under 400 yards this time but once again, great fun and of high quality in terms of hazard positioning and are very good looking. Back on to the north side of the track and the 15th is a par-3 of 185 yards. On my first look from the tee, I was not overly impressed – but once you have played it and then look back to the tee, you see a top class short hole; crossing water with no real bale out on either side that will ensure there are more 5’s than 3’s scored here. The 16th and 17th (stroke indexes 2 and 7, both par-4’s) and covering over 900 yards are the toughest scoring holes on the back nine. The round ends (far too quickly) with a friendly par-5 right in front of the clubhouse. For such an established course, the club is well set-up for the modern world too – extensive practice facilities that includes a 6-hole course, named ‘Colt’ and three fairly new full size holes that can be combined with the first six holes of the main course making up an alternate nine bringing you back to the clubhouse. Sometimes it could be a course name that makes your mind up on where to play …. Northamptonshire County does not conjure up much if I am honest, now if the course took the name of the area; Church Brampton, then we would have a special course with a delightful name. Highly recommended.
5 / 6
Northamptonshire County
October 21, 2015


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Having played all the courses in this area, Northamptonshire County is by far the best course available. Fantastic greens and an excellent layout that will test your golf while at the same time inspiring you to play more.I cannot praise this course highly enough.
6 / 6
Northamptonshire County
September 01, 2015


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Played the course three weeks ago. I must agree with the last review posted, this is a good , but not great, course. As I am a Canuck I cannot comment on the heathland\parkland\links\whatever nature or feel of the course, but to me the greens lacked complexity and the turf was problematic in some cases - perhaps because it was so late in the season? The staff that were still around seemed friendly and helpful. Getting out of the parking lot was a challenge, though! All in all, an enjoyable outing, but I hope to play more interesting courses in the U.K.
4 / 6
Northamptonshire County
November 13, 2010


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Tim Roberts
August 28, 2014
A fantastic heathland course a long par 70 with only 2 par 5s . A friendly test of the forward tees the becomes a test of tour player off the back tees. While the car park and frilly things may keep this course out of the top 100 the course should certainly be in there.
Played here in May and have to say that I was not as overwhelmed by the course as the other reviewers below. It’s a decent members club and some of the holes are good and the extra set of holes does provide some useful playing options. If the greens sloped less fiercely then Northampton County would be a much better course and they could look forward to another prosperous 100 years (the club centenary is this year).
4 / 6
Northamptonshire County
June 05, 2009


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A fine course generally in very good condition with fast, undulating greens. A wide variety of holes requiring most of the clubs in the bag.Very welcoming and well worth a visit.
6 / 6
Northamptonshire County
October 07, 2008


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Played in the Mens Open recently and must say I think this is one of the premier inland courses in the country. A parkland / heathland course with no weak holes and great condition, this is a fair but stern test of golf with some very undulating greens. Clubhouse is immaculate and has character, staff and members helpful and friendly also. Play this and compare it to Woodhall Spa, there is not much in it!
6 / 6
Northamptonshire County
September 02, 2008


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