Warwickshire (Earls) - Warwickshire - England

Warwickshire Golf & Country Club,
Leek Wootton,
Warwick,
Warwickshire,
CV35 7QT,
England


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  • Karl Litten

  • Mark Dulson


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The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club is located a couple of miles to the north of Britain's greatest Mediaeval experience – Warwick Castle. Ethelfleda, sister of Edward the Elder, founded Warwick town some 1,100 years ago, but the Warwickshire Golf Club is mere babe in arms by comparison.

Founded in 1994, the Warwickshire was originally laid out in four loops of nine holes by Karl Litten, the architect who fashioned the famous Majlis course at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. These four loops, formerly known as the North, South, East and West were reconfigured in the winter of 2005 and there are now two distinct courses.

A name-the-course competition was held amongst the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club members and finally the two new courses were named the Kings and the Earls after Richard Neville the 16th Earl of Warwick who was also known as “Warwick the Kingmaker” – at the time the richest man in England outside the Royal family.

The Earls course comprises of the North and West loops and it’s a tough cookie that can be stretched way beyond 7,000 yards. Combine sheer length with holes that are flanked by mature trees and you’ll need to find your longest and straightest driving game in order to score well.

The par four opening hole sets the scene for the challenging Earls course and asks serious questions. This attractive tree lined hole funnels at the landing zone. Assuming you can thread your opening tee shot through the trees, you’ll be left with an approach shot to a green that sits in a glade. It’s an opener from the top drawer.

People will naturally compare and contrast at the Warwickshire. For our money, the Earls is the pick of the two courses and the homeward nine is the strongest loop of all.

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Description: The 36-hole Warwickshire Golf & Country Club boasts two courses (Kings and Earls). The Earls is the layout that receives the accolades due to its strong homeward nine. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 12

Absolutely beautiful course, I can see why this is rated the 13th best course in Warwickshire, even for the time of year the course is in immaculate condition. Il will definitely be returning in the summer months to play this course again but be warned, you need to be a big hitter this is a very long course especially off of the whites. Fairways are very wide and it’s hard to get into trouble which makes up for the length of the course. 3rd hole has to be one of the most picturesque holes i’v played in England for a while and the 7th reminds me of a lot of the holes at Quinta Do Lago in the Algarve Portugal. The only negatives I found was the lack of signs directing me to the next tee, greens were slow but I put that down to the time of year and leaving the grass a little longer then normal and also the amount of dog walkers on the course annoyed me.

4 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
November 19, 2018


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Having recently joined The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, I thought it was worth contributing to this website.Well yes, Earls is the better course, more orientated in and around a good amount of trees. As the description says, you defiantly need to bring a straight drive to score high, especially on the par4 - 7th. With 2 par3's and 2 par5's on both the front and back 9 evenly spread, it keeps you on your toes, and the 2 front par3's a both channelled with trees the 2nd par3 being down a hill and having to make it over quite a large bunker covering the entire width of the green, excellent!There's not much I can fault with the course, especially now the new draining is in place. It has cheap twilight rates considering the courses quality and reputation, which means if you are attempting a late midweek competition it's sometimes hard to finish. And sometimes you later on you get people not raking the bunkers and repairing pitch marks. However if you're playing a competition first thing in the morning the course is always manicured and groomed to a high degree!The bar is very well priced, and because of this members don't get discount. The food menu isn't elaborate, but it is still well prepared and the portions are spot on and exactly what you need after walking around this 7000yard course!
5 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
July 25, 2011


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Alan Cleaver
August 07, 2012
Monday 6th Aug. Tee time on Earls 10 36. It took 1hour and 40minutes to play 1 hole.Totally unacceptable.People crammed in just to take money. The fantastic Warwickshire!I bet you won't be putting this up your reviews. Today the pro shop is unobtainable.Fancy that!A day ruined by shocking organisation and greed.
We played this as a society yesterday, and I have to say that it was a great course - very interesting design with no two holes the same. Unfortunately the greens had been fertilised and so were slower than we were used to, but that's just a timing issue - we were just unlucky. Saying that, the greens were true and receptive. The course itself was in excellent condition and the facilities were as you'd expect. The only criticism would be the food which was uninteresting and rather bland, but personally I didn't go there to eat! Definitely one to be recommended - we played the Earls course which is long and tough - I'd go back again and play the Kings course in the future. My rating is based upon the course and not the food and I've also allowed for the fact that the greens were under maintenance - I can imagine them being perfect when they are quicker.
6 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
July 22, 2011


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Dave
July 22, 2011
The Earls is a good course but never in a million years could it be described as excellent. How in a 6-ball rating have you allowed for the poor greens and have you played any other top ranked courses I wonder?
francis
May 04, 2013
Putting fertilizer on the green does not slow them down.
Earls Course Review:I became a member here after playing and comparing most other courses in Warks (inc Henley, Stratford, Kenilworth etc). The condition of the greens here are fantastic, no temporary greens are ever used despite atrocious weather!Of the two courses, the Earls is the best in regards to a healthy challenge to your golf game. There's plenty of water to contend with and, in true American style - plenty of pine trees! Memorable holes on the Earls are 4, 7, 12 & 16.Unfortunately, on Friday & Saturdays it is a no-go area after 9am tee offs. It took me and a friend 4 hours to do 9. Yes NINE holes!! - due to the amount of groups allowed to tee off in such quick succession. They do allow it to get over-crowded (obvious reasons). Clubhouse is lovely, all in great condition, very clean & tidy etc. Shop is pretty well stocked too.
5 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
April 12, 2010


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I am a member at The Warwickshire playing at least twice a week, the practice facilities are decent, with a good driving range but the chipping and putting greens are in poor condition, same goes for the par 3 course, manily because nobody repairs their pitch marks. The Kings course is in good condition especially the fairways and greens, but they are still playing mainly of the winter tee boxes well into March. The Earls course is still recovering from the drainage they had oput in but the greens are super and they are now off the summer tees. The Kings offers a challenge, but is not as long as the earls and apart from the water hazards is not as dangerous, as the Earls is lined with trees on nearly all holes. The bunkers on both courses are terrible to much sand and a lot of stones. One good thing is apart from when it snowed the courses are always open and never on temporary greens. One time the course was nearly underwater and it was still open!!! The Kings has a cart path so buggies will always be avaliable, even if you have to walk to your ball. The Earls did have trouble with its drainage but now has new drains and this is quite effective.The pace of play is good, however you sometimes get people who are here for the day and take a lot of time, but the marshalls, especially Colin normally sort this out. The pro shop staff are friendly and the bar does good hot food and drinks. The competitions are fun and occur nearly every weekend. A great place to play for beginners and golfers looking for a challenge. Signature holes include the 8th and 16th on the Kings which are 210 yards over water and a challenging tee shot with trees on one side and bunkers on the other followed by a long shot over water respectively, and 604 yard par 5 5th on the Earls
5 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
March 29, 2010


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Having recently played at the Wariwickshire I was extremely dissapointed with the standard of the course. The fairways where extremely muddy not cut and generally in poor condition. The inconsitancy of the bunkers was a joke some had too much sand other it was like hitting out of clay. Very disappointing. The pace of play was also very slow making it impossobile to concentrate One Marshall Colin was very helpful and was very appologetic for the state in which the course was in. When I went to complain to the shop staff and management about the standard of the course my party and myself where treated extremely rudly and they where very un-helpful. Having played this course in the past I was extremely disappointed with the poor condition of the course and the greens where also very slow and inconsistant.
1 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
November 13, 2009


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Stu
January 07, 2010
Yes, the pace of play can be a little slow at times, and yes the bunkers are a little inconsistent. As to the comments about there being mud on the fairway, what do you expect in the middle of November! The courses are virtually never shut because of the weather and temporary greens are never required. (comparing most favourably to other courses in the area). The Kings course drains much better than the Earls and should be preferred in the wetter months, but recent improvements have been made to the drainage on the Earls that should improve matters. Both courses are attractive and challenging in equal measure and I don't think anyone could be disappointed with the overall experience of playing there.
Sean Arble
April 12, 2010
I think you are largely correct. The courses feature many good holes if not a few too many turning ever so slightly left or right. However, the course is one of the worst conditioned I have experienced in the past dozen years. True, the courses RARELY shut, but that in no way means they are in acceptable condition in the winter months. The courses, even after several years of drainage work are a quagmire of mud in the winter. Additionally, play is normally quite slow, which to some degree is to be expected on a corporate owned course. Verdict; sort the drainage out and The Warwickshire isn't a half bad course. Until then, avoid playing the courses unless there has been a pronounced dry spell.
I played the Kings course on 22nd December, in a group of 8 of mixed ability (6 to 28 handicap) after some reasonably heavy weather and found the course in surprisingly good condition - the greens were subtle and fast.The four 9 holes loops previously mentioned have now been merged into the Kings and Earls courses. The Kings the course favours big hitters generally.The pace of play was reasonably fast, contrary to previous reports, but on a course set up for corporate golf I guess this can be a lucky dip when these kind of events are on, I’ve played on 2 corporate days here in the last 2 years, and it’s been generally OK for speed.I managed to lose a ball on the 190yard 8th which has a 170 yard carry over water, thankfully I wasn’t the only one of my group to do so!It’s always worth calling to see what deals they have available, we got bacon roll and coffee, 18 holes and one course lunch for under £30 a head for a group of 8. We did have to start from the 10th as the members get priority tee times for the mornings.Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Midlands.
5 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
January 02, 2009


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I played the Kings course last week with several colleagues and our skills ranged from a 5 to a 28 handicap and the course proved to be excellent for all levels. The overall course condition is superb and the staff very helpful.I'm playing the longer earls course next Thursday which I fully expect to be as welcoming. Visitors pay around £50 - £60 a round.. although they are doing some great deals... Get down there - you wont be disappointed..
5 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
October 30, 2008


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P Kelly
November 18, 2008
I recently took 17 people to the Warwickshire for a days golf, the greens were in terrible condition,it was like putting on the moon!! Although I have played there before and recommended it to others I would not now!! very poor and no response from organisation regarding 'our'( 2 proffessionals played with me) complaints.
Played the now named Kings course in October 07 and found it an excellent test. A little difficult to find your way round in places, very corporate feel unfortunatley but overall an enjoyable visit. Planning to go back so it must have been good !
4 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
May 07, 2008


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The Warwickshire can only be described as special. I was a member from 1993-2000, and having subsequently moved, miss playing the courses. Four completely different loops of 9, excellent bunkering, true championship greens, and a variety of tee and flag positions means you never get bored. Each loop has a feature hole - the 7th on the South - an interesting risk and reward par 5 where the longer hitters can take on a lake in front of the green, and the 8th on the East- a testing par 3 which is all carry across a lake, the 7th on the North - a stunning par four cut out of a pine forest, and the 3rd on the West - a par four that reminds one of Augusta’s 13th with a difficult second shot to a green tucked away beyond a stream - all delightful. I have had the opportunity to play the course since moving form the area, and it is pleasing to see how the courses continue to improve. In my opinion one of the best layouts in the Midlands.
6 / 6
Warwickshire (Earls)
May 27, 2006


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