South Staffordshire - Staffordshire - England

South Staffordshire Golf Club,
Danescourt Road,
WV6 9BQ,

  • +44 (0) 1902 751065

South Staffordshire Golf Club came into being in 1892, moving north to its present location sixteen years after its formation. Harry Vardon - who at that time had won four of his record six Open championships - was entrusted with the design of the club’s new course in 1908.

Soon after, Harry Colt made some improvements, as did James Braid in 1936 when he combined the first two holes and designed a new 7th and 8th. Fred Hawtree and Donald Steel also carried out more upgrading work in 1967 and 2003, respectively, when the 15th hole was altered and general bunkering modification were made.

Today, the course measures just over 6,500 yards from the back markers and plays to a par of 71. With a standard scratch score of one more than the par, golfers should not expect a walk in the park when they tee it up here.

Head Professional Peter Baker - a member of the GB & NI Walker Cup team in 1985 and a Ryder Cup player for Europe in 1993 - currently holds the course record with a fabulous score of 63 which was some mark to make on a tough track during the Captain’s Charity Pro-Am in 2010.

The holes at South Staffordshire are routed in an old-fashioned out and back manner, with the 5th hole, a 480-yard par five, rated the toughest hole on the front nine as it doglegs left and slightly uphill to a raised green. On the inward half, the 444-yard right doglegged 12th is the one that gives golfers most difficulty, with a blind approach to a sloping green causing all sorts of trouble.
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Description: Originally designed by Harry Vardon, and remodelled by Harry Colt, James Braid and then by Donald Steel, South Staffordshire Golf Club is a quintessential gem. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 2
ben thompson
fantstic course! very tight fairways. greens were absolutly perfect. best greenss i have played on in a long time. but beware of that rough, miss the fairway and you will do very well to make par. bunkers were a little bit of a let down but the rest of the course made up for it, kept in fantastic condition very well groomed and no major downside really. 18th is like a mini augusta, hitting through the trees and then a tricky green. well worth a try. defonatly going back again
June 11, 2012
8 / 10
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December 08, 2012
SSGC is a very well maintained course with excellent greens. It's a really good test of golf where you need to make your score on the first few holes and then hang on as holes 7 to 15 are particularly testing with several very tough long par-4's. The severely sloping green on the 17th is one where you really must stay below the pin. There is a nice practice range with tokens available from the pro-shop. Very friendly staff and extremely nice food. Thoroughly recommended.
Situated directly next to the pay and play Wergs Golf Club in the northern suburbs of Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire is one of a number of really good parkland courses in an area that is virtually unknown to travelling golfers. I have family in Walsall and have been lucky enough to play most of them over the last few decades. Naturally Little Aston, located five miles or so to the east is the cream of the crop, but I’d rate South Staffs not a million miles behind in terms of quality and challenge, although South Staff has a slightly weaker finish than Little Aston. The 3rd is a great hole with a tough sloping green, I’ve three putted here on more than one occasion. 4 is a drivable par 4 and 5 a short par five and both holes offer up birdie chances. 6 is a tiddly but tight par 3 that is well bunkered and the green is a small target to hit. 9 is a brutal par four and the toughest hole by some distance. The odd blind drive remind you that this is a course that was laid out some time ago and the whole experience is thoroughly enjoyable. It’s a much underrated track.
August 23, 2011
6 / 10
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August 27, 2011
I'm a bit biased by being a member but I believe South Staffordshire Golf Club is a hidden gem. It is highly regarded locally and due to the relatively small membership is not overplayed. Originally designed by Harry Vardon, it is a good test for all abilities with some tough, long par fours. It is a mature, gently rolling parkland course measuring 6,287 yards off the yellow tees. Director of golf is Ryder Cup vice captain Peter Baker.