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Little Aston: The premier club in the Midlands

Little Aston: The premier club in the Midlands

Why we'd rather be playing the premier club in the Midlands
 

Long considered the premier club in the Midlands as well as quite possibly the finest parkland course in the country, Little Aston Golf Club has hosted many amateur and professional events, including the Dunlop Masters, Brabazon Trophy and English Amateur.

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.

History

In July 1908 Harry Vardon was commissioned to convert the land into a golf course and shortly afterward Harry Colt was brought in by the membership to make several improvements and transform Little Aston’s bunkering.

Providence was generous in the provision of the raw material for a course because of the subsoil of sand and gravel, and a beautiful woodland setting in the original Little Aston Park. Over the years the old grass park has been converted into what is unquestionably one of the finest inland courses in the country.

Some alterations have been made over the years, such as relocating the 17th green bringing the lake into play, bunker relocation and reshaping and more recently, new green tees to keep pace with generational requirements. However, at the same time, we have always been mindful to never lose touch with the original Vardon/Colt legacy and intentions of this rich parkland course.

The course measures 6813 yards, an ideal length for a course that will test golfers of all degrees of proficiency. The holes are sporting and call for all kinds of play and the greens, are, in normal conditions almost perfect. There are a fair proportion of good two-shot holes, several drive and pitch holes and three one-shot holes, a combination of ingredients which make for ideal golf.

What makes it special

Little Aston is undoubtedly one of the UK’s finest inland courses with exceptional year round playing surfaces that offer a very fair test of golf.

Its serene setting is also a pleasure, very often feeling you have the course to yourself,.

Where does it rank?

106th in GB&I, 62nd in England, 3rd in West Midlands, 56th in Value

Where is it?

Just outside Birmingham, close to Sutton Park along the Roman Road.

Get in touch with Little Aston

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For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 0121 353 2942.

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Ben Outhwaite

Ben is National Club Golfer's Marketing Editor and the latest addition to our golf equipment review team.

He specialises in testing golf bags, beginner golf club sets, apparel and golf accessories. He also collates our buying guides so you know which are the latest and greatest bits of golf equipment on the market.

Ben picked up his first golf club when he was five years old – which was in fact a left-handed set of clubs!

He is a member at Rudding Park Golf Club and has a handicap of fifteen.

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