Northamptonshire County GC is located in the quiet little village of Church Brampton, set amongst some stunning houses. It has a quaint feel to it and this is accentuated as you walk into the lovely clubhouse to receive a warm welcome from staff and members alike.
Quaint though is not the word I would use to describe this course. It’s a brute! 6721 yards from the tips, only two Par 5s and 8 Par 4s over 400 yards. It’s set up for tour golf and for a more fun and tactical day out, the yellows may be the preferred option here, unless you’re a player who loves to reach for the big stick on half the holes.
The course starts with a stiff 454yards Par 4 (not exactly a warm up) and then meanders through a set of reasonable but uninspiring tree-lined parkland holes. The course starts to warm up from the 7th onwards. A drive from a tee box located by the reservoir over a slight valley for an uphill approach. This is followed by a fun short par 4 (thank God!) and then the best driving view on the course from the 9th, looking over an old farmhouse that the green lays just short of.
The best stretch of holes then lie the other side of the road from 10-14, before you are met with a decent Par 3 over a stream to signal the closing set of holes. The 18th is a lovely finishing Par 5 in front of the clubhouse that offers closing birdie chances.
The course conditions were good throughout and although I can’t comment on the greens as they had been hollow tined that week, I am assured by a friend that these are one of the course’s best assets.
There are some lovely holes here and whilst I can see why it was a New Entry in the latest edition of England’s Top 100 rankings, I’d say it’s correctly positioned in that ‘tricky to place’ section from 85-100. But if you come here, have Weetabix for breakfast and wield the big stick like a Jedi.
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Date: September 09, 2020