I don't think the Bracken @ Woodhall gets the credit it truly deserves. I have played this probably around 10 times in the past two years and had it not been next door to a masterclass of British heath land, it could've easily found itself in the top 100 rankings.
The condition of the course is always good and the greens always roll well. It provides a good contrast to the course next door being quite different but does have hints of Woodhall Spa attached.
I think the class of the course really shows early on with the third hole being a great test of a typical risk reward par 5 that long hitters will surely fancy. Followed by a difficult long par 3 to a deceiving green.
The par fives here are a great test not being easy to take advantage of and the par 3's are very good looking with examples of 7 and 16 with water hazards well into play with the elements often exposed to these holes.
My personal favourite is the 8th. Although not much from the tee, it provides an amazing test of club selection depending which tee you play off whether you try to take advantage of leaving yourself a very short club in or a mid iron with the dikes in play down the left and cutting across. A dike short of the green and small pond short left takes away getting the big stick out for the longer hitters but is one often underestimated looking at the scorecard.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone attempting to stay and play as it truly is one worth playing alongside the Hotchkin
Date: January 13, 2020