Temple Golf Club was where Henry Cotton served as club pro in the 1950s. The course is decent but not great. The layout sports a number of architectural nuances that would never be incorporated into a modern design.
The opening par four hole involves a blind downhill drive with a green that’s reachable for even the average hitter. The 10th is a unique long and uphill par three to a green that’s hidden in a deep hollow – hit the ball firmly and on the right line and your tee shot will certainly end up on the green but many (including me on occasions) fail to find the sunken green.
The par three 8th is perhaps my favourite hole which is a tough and long downhiller. This is where the Pro invites players to bet on hitting the green during corporate days and he’ll double your money. He normally does well on this hole, as it’s an inviting but tough tee shot.
Temple has too many up and down holes for me to consider it a great course, but I admire it for its architectural quirk and am always happy playing here as it’s a fine and welcoming traditional members club.
Date: September 13, 2019