Worcester City Golf Club was founded in 1898 and it operated a 9-hole course at Tolladine in the northeast area of Worcester up until the late 1920s. Tolladine Golf Club took over the site and play continued there until the club folded in 2006.
Worcester City approached Alister MacKenzie in 1925 and asked him to inspect a potential new site at Spetchley Park which he reported on favourably at the club’s AGM. Later that year, he ran the rule over another property at Boughton Park.
In August the following year, the club decided to move to Boughton Park and MacKenzie was given the commission to design the new layout. On 26 May 1928, the course was officially opened for play under its new name of Worcester Golf & Country Club.
Today, the course extends to 6,245 yards from the rear tees, playing to a par of 70, with the outward half playing more than 400 yards longer than the inward half. Feature holes include back-to-back par fives at the 3rd and 4th holes; the shortest of the par threes at the 148-yard 13th; and the slightly left doglegging 18th which plays to an azalea-framed home green.
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