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.
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.