Drayton Park Golf Club

Staffordshire

  • Par 71
  • 6473 Yds

If you’re a fan of James Braid courses, and there are more than 200 dotted around the British Isles, then this course near Tamworth is one not to be missed.

Originally founded in 1897, the club had two previous homes in Glascote and Bonehill before moving to its present site in 1936 and benefiting at the hands of Braid.

And his classic design is apparent from the off. At 6,473 yards from the tips, it features just two par fives and three par threes with seven of the par fours ranging between 400 and 450.

Tree-lined fairways with strategically-placed bunkers and well protected greens mean that shooting the par of 71 could be a difficult task, but without doubt, a pleasurable one.

Drayton Park also upgraded its greens to USGA standards in 2001 that have enabled it to be a great course during the winter and spring months, while still retaining its Braid flavour.

It also benefits from good transport links via the M6 and M42 and welcomes society bookings.

Originally founded in 1897, the club had two previous homes in Glascote and Bonehill before moving to its present site in 1936 and benefiting at the hands of Braid.

Three top holes

1st, 305 yards, par 4 

The opening hole is an attractive star featuring water and out of bounds. If you are too straight off the tee, then you have very little room back to front to play with.

The best shot will be down the left side of the fairway to open up the green that presents at an angle to the fairway. Only the very best can reach the green and take on the water!

5th, 366 yards, par 4 

A very under-rated hole in many eyes, both in terms of pleasure and challenge; plenty of 6s are recorded here.

Standing on the tee you see trees and a very narrow fairway – this is the skill of Braid. The fairway is very generous, however; those that do not go in the Rhododendrons on the corner have to avoid the push into the trees on the right.

Halfway down the fairway stands a big Oak, which also marks the big swale in the ground which needs to be crossed by your drive to give an easier shot into the green. The best line is in from the left of the fairway – but OB is also lurking down its first 180 yards.

The green slopes back to front and right to left and being on the green will not guarantee a 2 putt.

14th, 291 yards, par 4 

A short par 4 which can cause joy and pain in equal measure.

Your need to keep it in play off the tee, a long iron or 3-wood being all you need. The left of the fairway is desirable if you can. 
The OB is even closer now than it has been all the way down the hole and you are left with no more than a very short iron to a heavily-bunkered green.

The green is slick at the front and the easiest pin position is at the back.

Address

Drayton Park
Tamworth
Staffordshire
B78 3TN

Telephone

01827 251 139
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