Founded in 1976 and designed by Harold Baker, Ternesse Golf & Country Club boasts 27 holes routed around a beautiful old 175-acre castle estate. Extensively renovated in 2009 to increase the element of challenge, the main course has a new lease of life.
Ternesse is a fine example of a friendly, well maintained parkland course of the corporate and modern kind. The routing is ok, but some of the holes feel a bit cramped. That’s also the case for some of the drives, especially on the tee shots of the par 5s which provides defence for these holes which are not necessarily long in length. Other defences included many doglegs, and water hazards in any shape and size to negotiate with either a forced/heroic carry or to provide a strategic decision on teeshots.
Worthy of remark were the amount of bunkers facing their low sides towards the green, which felt a bit awkward and also got repetitive. So you’d expect it would be easy to get it out of the bunker thanks to the lack of a lip in your way, but there would actually be many down hill lies. Not sure if that was aimed for.
Ternesse is not a course that provides a particularly lasting memory, but you do enjoy playing it. Especially the back nine which boasts some variety and quality holes, a couple of fun green complexes and scenic interest. The only disappointment was that we weren’t actually able to see the castle that was promised to be visible. After due discussion, we decided not to substract any points for this.