Long considered the premier club in the Midlands as well as quite possibly the finest parkland course in the country, Little Aston has hosted many amateur and professional events, including the Dunlop Masters, Brabazon Trophy and English Amateur.
In 2008 the club celebrated its centenary and two years later major amateur golf was reintroduced to the club in the guise of the English Amateur for the time since hosting the Ladies British Amateur in 1998.
Opened in 1908, the original Harry Vardon design is routed mainly through grounds that at one time belonged to Little Aston Hall.
Although a relatively intact Vardon design with work carried out by HS Colt in the mid 1920s, Little Aston has been tweaked in recent years with added tees and revamped bunkers.
Additionally, its trademark 17th green was recently moved closer to the water on the left creating a much more demanding approach.
Intriguingly, there is some disagreement on which Little Aston’s finest holes are.
Frank Pennink cites the 6th & the 17th, Jim Finegan the 3rd and Tom Doak the 18th.
The logical conclusion to be drawn from this discrepancy of opinion is that Little Aston not only has plenty of outstanding holes, but also great variety.
The stroke-index No 1 hole is the 4th, a short par 4 of less than 325 yards.
A much longer and more obviously difficult hole is the 10th, which travels demandingly uphill as well as being a double-dogleg par 4.
The next hole is an attractive par 4 playing over a dip then turning left to a crown green.
Another of Little Aston’s eye-catching short par 4s is the 14th, which relies on huge and well placed bunkers to provide interest and strategy.
Finally, all visitors tend to remember the 17th, an American-style par 4 with a green jutting into the lake.
Little Aston is essentially only as hard as the golfer chooses to make it. There are nearly always ways to avoid serious trouble yet one is asked to take risks on a great many of the holes.
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