Lady Golfer: Play away in the West MidlandsApril, 2013
There's plenty of choice if you're looking for a day out or weekend away this summer
Rapidly approaching its 20th anniversary, this modern golf centre comprises an 18-hole course, a 9-hole par-3 layout and the Russell Adams Golf Academy.
Gaudet Luce is Latin and roughly translates as “rejoicing in the light’. These words were found inscribed on a plaque in the 17th-century farmhouse here. Watch out for the 12th – one of Worcestershire’s finest short holes.
Nearest town: Droitwich
This Staffordshire parkland is now 35 years old and has matured delightfully over that time. A little over 5,500 yards, most visitors remember the 6th here best, a downhill par 3 to an attractively situated green. It finishes with a long par 5 so make sure your card is in good shape before late in the round.
There are fine views from the clubhouse across the course allowing you to reflect on your round.
Nearest town: Stafford
This is a modern golf centre that combines a driving range with a 9-hole pay-and-play course. Set in 90 acres, you can score well here but the greens are not without protection and can catch you out. It is the ideal course to develop your skills on while enjoying the pristine conditioning. Work is currently ongoing to add nine further tees so create variety on your second loop.
Nearest town: Wolverhampton
This mature parkland dates back to the 1890s and has been on its present site for all but two years of that time. Originally a 9-holer and extended by Harry Colt in 1911, this is one of the best courses in the region and measures a shade under 5,500 yards from the red tees. The firm turf and sandy soil mark Sandwell Park out as a treat to play.
Nearest town: West Bromwich
What the Worcestershire may lack in length it makes up for with its sloping and speedy greens. The Worcestershire
Nestled beneath the Malvern Hills is a testing 6,445-yard layout. What the Worcestershire may lack in length it makes up for with its sloping and speedy greens. Watch out for the par- 517th, which offers real risk- and-reward. It can be reached in two if you can take on the water-guarded two-tier green but playing for a safe par is often more sensible. The composer Sir Edward Elgar was a member here back in the late 19th century.
Nearest town: Malvern
Carswell Golf and Country Club is roughly halfway between Swindon and Oxford close to the Wiltshire- Oxfordshire border. Occupying over 150 acres of landscaped countryside, both nines start and finish outside the distinctive clubhouse that has been sympathetically converted from a farmhouse.
Expect some heavily wooded holes and others with a more open feel.
Nearest town: Oxford
Set in 170 acres of parkland, Hagley is home to one of the most advanced teaching academies in the region. The course was originally laid out in 1980 as a nine-hole track, with the second nine added in 1984. Watch out for the 15th hole – known as “The Monster”. The par 5 more often than not requires three of your best strokes to find the
Nearest town: Stourbridge
Studley Wood is set in 170 acres of Oxfordshire countryside and was designed cleverly by Simon Gidman to give each fairway and green its own character. The layout has two loops which play in opposite directions. The course also features testing natural hazards courtesy of 13 lakes spread around the 30-acre wood which line and protect the undulating fairways.
Nearest town: Oxford
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