The Worcestershire Golf Club – established in 1879 – is the oldest in the county, but nine holes of its elegant 1920s Alister MacKenzie-designed 18-hole parkland course at Wood Farm were requisitioned during WWII, so F.W. Hawtree reinstated nine new holes in the early 1960s.
Tom Doak made a point of playing The Worcestershire in 2016 and awarded the course a rating of five out of ten. He commented as follows in his Christmas 2017 Confidential Guide update:
“Set at the foot of the Malvern Hills, The Worcestershire is a parkland course with too many planted trees that block the views of the beautiful forested background. Nine holes were taken over during W.W. II for the construction of army hospitals; the buildings remained until the 1970’s when the land was given back to the club, and Fred Hawtree designed new holes for the slightly changed parcel. Six of MacKenzie’s original holes remain, plus a couple more greens that are played to from different angles than before.”
The Worcestershire is a very nice parkland course. Set at the base of the Malvern Hills the setting is picturesque and the routing makes good use of the terrain. The course has some excellent holes such as the 3rd a mid iron par 3 to a green set through a shute of trees and the 4th a risk and reward par 5 where the player needs to carry the brook guarding the front of the green. The back 9 is slightly better than the front as it has more interesting green complexes (14 is really extreme). The 15th is really nice par 3 again slightly downhill with water framing the left side and behind the green. The course condition was excellent…the greens were particularly good.
As my home course I rate it very highly and recommend The Worcestershire to anyone
The Worcestershire is pleasantly located below the Malvern Hills and comes complete with a very nice modern clubhouse. Sometimes the course can be wet, but the last time I played here in May 2019 the course was in excellent condition, the best I have seen it. Generally the course provides mature parkland golf, although there are two par 5's (holes 16 and 17 in what seems like an adjoining field) which I believe are newer additions. There's a few holes I don't care for such as the 8th which is a bit of an infill par 3 and the long par 4's at 10 and 14, but apart from that there is variety and interest. The 15th is a nice downhill par 3, but my favourite holes would probably be the par 4's at 6, 7, 9, 11 and 13. Personally I find the 12th a particularly hard hole; although only about 350 yards it is a particularly tight doglegged hole with a cambered fairway making it very difficult (especially with a draw and into the wind) to hit the fairway in the right place to leave yourself with an approach to the green to avoid the trees. Worth a visit if in the area