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.
Known as the members course at The Warwickshire, partnering the Kings Course, the Earls is an American style parkland layout. Most holes are tree lined, for example the long and tight, tough 7th hole.
There are a couple of interesting greens, such as the par 5 4th green, which slants from back to front. Overall this hole in a monster, measuring 630 yards from the tips and playing slightly uphill.
The back 9 features a lot more water, and the downhill approach to the par 4 12th is a fun shot, but doesn’t leave much error. The par 4 15th features another approach shot over water. As with the Kings, there are some fun golf holes, but a lot of tedious golf in-between.
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.