Top 10 Golf Courses in Worcestershire 2015
Worcestershire Best in County rankings updated
Explore the Sports section of the official Visit Worcestershire website and you’ll find references to historical venues such as Shelsley Walsh (which has held motor sport events since 1905), Worcester County Cricket Club (where the sound of leather on willow has been heard since 1865), and Worcester Racecourse, one of the oldest equine racetracks in Great Britain, founded in 1718.
Click the website’s link for Golf and you’ll find only three clubs listed: Wharton Park Golf & Country Club, The Abbey Hotel, Golf & Spa and Hagley Golf & Country Club. Now, for a county with over thirty clubs in membership of the regional golf Union, we think its golf facilities deserve better coverage than that. Just as well then that we maintain a Top 10 chart for Worcestershire, featuring the best courses on offer in the region.
We’ve just updated the county ranking positions and it’s “as you were” regarding the number 1 position, with the beautiful parkland course at Blackwell retaining the top spot. Herbert Fowler and Tom Simpson laid out this classic old track in 1923 and it occupies a place in our Top 100 for England. It’s a layout that recent reviewers have certainly appreciated, with comments like: “classy… always in excellent condition… one of the best club/course combinations around”.
Three courses follow Blackwell into positions 2, 3 and 4, with each of them rising two places to their new slot in the chart. The first of these is Worcester Golf & Country Club, a fine Alister MacKenzie design from 1927. The next one is Moseley Golf Club, which was remodelled in 1918 by another big name architect, Harry Colt, and the third climber is Worcestershire Golf Club, which was founded in 1879, making it the oldest club in the county.
Stourbridge is a new entry in the rankings at number 9, and its original 9-hole course was set out on the old Pedmore racetrack in 1892. The club’s modern day 18-hole layout has recently had its holes re-sequenced so that a round now ends in front of the clubhouse. Another newcomer at number 10 is Evesham, where the fairways are laid out the banks of the River Avon, configured in rather an unorthodox manner with nine greens and eighteen tee positions.
We’d like to thank everybody in this region who contributed to our re-ranking process. To view more details of the courses in our Worcestershire Top 10 rankings, click this link. If you’ve played extensively across this region and would like to help us with the next edition of the chart then please drop Editor-in-Chief Keith Baxter an email at [email protected].
06 August 2015 Respond to this article