Situated on the northeast outskirts of Northampton, the course at Overstone Park Hotel, Golf & Leisure Resort is a Donald Steel design from the early 1990s, with golf just one of a number of sporting facilities (including a luxury gymnasium and pool) available at this venue.
The layout is arranged with two returning nines, stretching to just under 6,000 yards from the back tees and playing to a par of 72. Unusually, two of the opening four holes are par threes and the second of these short holes – at the 117-yard 4th – features a small pond to the front left of the green.
On the back nine, the right doglegging par five 11th is rated stroke index 1 on the scorecard, playing to a heart-shaped green that’s protected by one bunker on the right side. The other par five hole on the inward half doesn’t appear until the 18th, with the fairway narrowing considerably on approach to the heavily sand-protected home green.
There was a change of ownership of the club in 2017, when businessman Kirk Andrews took control. Shortly after, it was decided to remove six of the forty bunkers on the course, enabling the green keeping staff to focus on the playability and consistency of the remaining sand hazards.
It's an enjoyable course, if you're planning a day trip to pay golf in Northampton (which not many prior will) its probably worth a play. There's a few interesting holes, particularly on the back nine, out there and I thought the finishing 3/4 holes were very good.
Favourites were probably:
-12: semi-blind dogleg to the right, probably just about reachable for longer hitters but a layup will give you a side hill lie with the ball above your feet.
-14: a fairly straight mid length par 4, with a green angled to the left and a severe fall off over the back (probably 10 foot +) and a nice view to the lake behind.
-17: short par 3 playing over a corner of the lake mentioned on 14. Nice and picturesque and the little bridge to get to the green is a nice touch.
-18: a medium length par 5 with an uphill tee shot and well bunkered green that really is tempting to go for if you get a good drive away, and is nicely framed by the resort houses and clubhouse.
All in all, good to play if you're in the area.