Review for Trentham

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This one’s been a while coming! I’ve held a curious interest in this Stoke-on-Trent gem for a good year or so. Conveniently it’s just off the M6, so I happily lapped up the opportunity to break my duck one pleasant October morning.

And I’m pleased to report that this is an enjoyable course which is well worth making the effort to play. It’s a fine undulating parkland adjoining the historic Trentham Estate, with some quality holes, excellent greens and decent conditioning, plus a friendly welcome in the pro shop, and a reasonable county card rate of £45 which all add up to a good day out.

The phrase “hidden gem” may be thrown around with abandon, but Trentham epitomises it and has plenty for the discerning golfer to enjoy, providing a good test for the fine player, yet also being playable for higher handicappers; particularly as play is offered off both yellow and white tees.

Trentham offers a good variety of holes, all set through corridors of oak, pine and chestnut. Perhaps the 8th is one of the standouts, playing over 400 yards sharp uphill, leaving a long second shot to be threaded around a beautiful old oak tree to a hilltop green. Stroke index one init. The 9th back to the house is strong too, needing a precision mid to long iron into a green down the hill sloping left away from you.

The par 3s are especially good. From the lay-of-the-land fourth, to the tricky 188-yard uphill 15th, via the excellent 12th hitting over a ravine, and back to the seventh over a pretty pond, there’s variety in this par 72.

With some tight driving lines and awkward camber on many holes, the key to scoring well is smart placement off the tee. Taking 3 wood on many holes may bring more success than driver, a lesson your boy failed to heed - until writing this review! Holes such as 8, 9, 11, 13, 14 (especially!), 16 and 18 all demand hitting the right spot to open up the green. And that’s the key at Trentham; placement of the tee ball opening the best line in.

With many undulations, the course can play longer than the card, exemplified by the attractive, yet lengthy 547-yard par 5 6th played uphill and into the wind with cross bunkers to boot. Yet Trentham is still fair, with a duo of pretty downhill par 5s towards the end providing opportunities for birdies to improve your iffy score after driving into the trees earlier (yeah we know what’s what you did!)

Date: October 06, 2021

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