Redditch Golf Club was founded in 1913, though a couple of local clubs existed before it was formed; namely Ipsley Golf Club (1891-1908) and Redditch and Walkwood Golf Club (1905-1913).
The original 9-hole layout was designed by W.P. Lewis, the Kings Norton professional, and the Coventry Evening Telegraph reported on 29th October 1913 that it had been officially opened with an exhibition match between J.H. Taylor (Mid Surrey) and George Duncan (Hanger Hill).
The course was later extended to eighteen holes but the building of a new road in the early 1970s prompted the club to move to its current location a short distance away, leaving behind a 9-hole layout that became the municipal Pitcheroak Golf Course.
Laid out on a rolling landscape by Frank Pennink, the tree-lined Callow Hill course is configured with two returning nines, each playing to a par of 36. The signature hole is regarded as the 372-yard 12th (“Rushley Bottom”), where a creek and a small pond eat into the fairway on the left as it turns in that direction towards the green.
Redditch in August 2019 was well presented; the greens were good and had interesting and subtle contours. The course itself is a mixture of parkland, woodland and more open holes. Some bland holes would include the uphill first and all four par 3's which were the weakest part of the course. The woodland stretch between 14 and 17 was the best sequence of holes, all quite tight off the tee, starting with a long par 4, then a short par 5, a short par 4 where you had to be short of the ditch off the tee, and a sharply doglegged hole at 17 where positioning off the tee shot was imperative. Ditches are a hazard on a number of holes including the signature hole which is the 12th, a nice looking par 4 with trouble left off the tee and a ditch meandering down the left half of the fairway and around the left side of the green. Of the Worcestershire courses I have played not much to choose between Redditch and Worcester G&CC but I think Blackwell and Moseley are correctly at top of rankings and probably The Worcestershire third.