|Worcester Golf & Country Club was founded in 1898, but the course in play today at Boughton Park is an Alister MacKenzie design from 1927 and much of the Dr’s original layout remains evident.|
A course designed by the famous Dr Alister MacKenzie seemed to warrant an hour trip so I made my first visit in May 2018. Played with a couple of members and it would appear there have been quite a few changes since the original design, and I believe in winter some holes become very wet so they play a rejigged layout. Worcester G&CC is very much parkland with lots of mature trees of numerous varieties, and a noticeable feature is the long narrow greens which leave little margin for error directionwise. The first five holes were very flat (the par 5 third was quite interesting with a sharp dog-leg at the end) and then followed a stretch of quite undulating holes with a few more flatter holes to finish. Course design was pleasant enough and I can't say there were any bad holes, but also (in my opinion) no stand out or feature holes so not really an exciting course. Worcester was in very good condition, well prepared with the rough although short very penal. Star of the show though was the greens which were really really good, very true and of good pace (stimp reading of 10 the day before).
Comparing with the other Worcestershire courses I have played I would say Worcester G&CC certainly falls behind Blackwell and is probably a less interesting course than the Worcestershire. Excellent greens though and worth a visit if you are parkland lover