Tom Irwin heads to Forest Pines, in his home county of Lincolnshire to give this 27-hole layout the #PlayedbyNCG treatment
Reason for a Forest Pines Golf Club review
We were there to hear about the Q Fairways scheme, an innovative, cost effective, points based membership that gives you access to all of Q’s golf facilities and much more besides
Where is Forest Pines?
I don’t really want to say where Forest Pines is, it will put you off. It is near Scunthorpe. I can say that I am from Lincolnshire.
It is actually very handily located next to the UK’s best & most pointless motorway the M180, you can get to it quickly from the A1 and the Q hotel on the same site as the golf course makes it an excellent stop off.
What to expect
A real surprise. Think Woburn or Remedy Oak – 27 holes of doglegging puzzles through towering pines. We played the 9-hole loops named, rather conveniently, Forest and Pines. They form the ‘championship’ course with the third nine, Beeches, offering more par 3s and therefore a speedier alternative.
My best bit
I have fairly simple tastes, If I am allowed to play golf, watch sport, and use my phone I am pretty happy. I am not a fan of rules or stuffiness. Forest Pines allowed me to play relentlessly good golf, wear my spikes in the bar, watch the T20 on the telly and – horror of horrors – send a text from my phone. The entire facility really is a window on what golf could and should be offering – a relaxing place for people to spend time.
What to look out for
Where the angle of the dogleg is. It matters at Forest Pines. I was caught out at least twice; too short on one occasion, too long on another. You need to decide on a strategy, know your yardages and hit to your chosen spot. It is a proper strategic layout.
When I go back
I will stay the night. With a hotel on site boasting gym and spa facilities there is much more to Forest Pines that just the golf.
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