Robin Hood - Warwickshire - England

Robin Hood Golf Club,
St Bernards Road,
Solihull,
West Midlands,
B92 7DJ,
England


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Robin Hood Golf Club was formed in 1893, with members playing on a 9-hole course located on the Hall Green racecourse. Dr. Frank Stableford – who devised the scoring system that bears his name – was a founding member and he’s said to have helped set out the club’s original course with the help of two groundsmen who pegged out the holes to his instructions.

In 1913, the club decided to move to a nearby 97-acre site and Harry Colt was engaged to design the new layout which opened for play in September 1914, shortly after the start of World War I. Freehold of the land was purchased in 1953, ending many years of lease problems for the club.

In the modern era, the course extends to 6,579 yards from the back tees, with par set at 72. Unusually, the quartet of par fives on the scorecard are played back-to back at holes 6 and 7 on the front nine, then at holes 12 and 13 on the back nine. The short holes are nicely spaced out, starting at the 136-yard 5th and ending at the 193-yard 16th.

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Description: Founded in 1893, Robin Hood Golf Club moved to its present location in 1913 allowing its members to enjoy a course fashioned by Harry Colt. Recent bunkering improvements have elevated this mature parkland layout to a new level. Rating: 5 out of 10 Reviews: 2
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Tim Elliott

Robin Hood is a typical Midlands parkland course located on a compact site in a fashionable part of Solihull. It is stylish with excellent greens and presents a robust challenge for its caring membership. It was formed in 1893, the most popular year for 19th century golf course creation, and as such is a proud member, with 39 others, of the prestigious worldwide 1893 Club, even if the golf course has now moved from its original Hall Green racecourse location.

The holes are well set out with the many trees alongside the fairways, and well-bunkered greens being the main lines of defence. The trees are probably now too numerous and in many cases well grown, so a degree of thinning out would not go amiss. Fortunately the areas under the trees in the middle of the course have been cleared so errant golf balls can easily be located. Extremities of the site were sold for development about 25 years ago, and the resulting extra funds sensitively applied to refurbish a roomy modern clubhouse and a golf course where fairways, bunkers, greens and teeing areas are all of a good standard.

The golf course starts with two short par fours, the first to a well-protected green and the second with water to the left of the green catching the off-target approach. The golfer then takes a short detour behind the driving range to play holes 3 to 5 before rejoining the main part of the course at 6. The 4th is a demanding two shot hole par four of 454 yards with the green protected by a huge tree in the middle of the fairway about 50 yards in front, while 5 is the shortest of 4 delightful par 3s. There are back-to-back par 5s on both the front and back nine, with 3 of them providing birdie opportunities for long hitters, and 13 at 560 yards being a genuine three shot hole for all.

I particularly like the closing two holes providing four hundred yard plus par fours, both requiring two excellent strikes to get near to the putting surface. The last hole, appropriately named Robin Hood, with an uphill approach to a green guarded by a big tree on the right is a worthy finish. Why the legendary outlaw is remembered here in Birmingham when Sherwood Forest near to Nottingham is generally regarded as his stomping ground is not clear, but a number of his ‘merry men’ such as Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett and Little John are also recognised in the name of holes as well as his lover Maid Marion and chief opponent The Sheriff (of Nottingham).

The mixture of holes on the course makes for a fascinating challenge and the warm welcome and ambience of the Club will ensure that all visitors will be pleased that they made the effort to come and play the course, even if few will have played to handicap.

May 27, 2022
5 / 10
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David Baxter

I have played Robin Hood GC a couple of times (both in autumn), and I have found the welcome and course condition more than satisfactory with excellent greens. A good variety of holes including some nice doglegs, tight driving holes, long par 4's, and birdeable par 5's; tough par 4's to finish at 17 and 18. Quite a confined parkland course with treelined fairways it holds enough interest to be worth a visit and I personally enjoyed more than the higher ranked Ladbrook Park and Egbaston.

January 22, 2020
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