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Sutton Coldfield: Superbly conditioned greens, firm tight fairways... and the occasional herd of cows!

Sutton Coldfield: Superbly conditioned greens, firm tight fairways… and the occasional herd of cows!

Why we'd rather be playing this challenging and superbly conditioned heathland course
 

Sutton Coldfield occupies public land within Sutton Park. The outstanding greens are fenced off to keep grazing cattle away. It’s a magnificent piece of land, and one that you might expect to find in the further reaches of Surrey.

The course itself is a fast-draining heathland course. One which fully merits its place in the Top 100 Courses in England.

Firm, tight fairways play into superbly conditioned greens offering an excellent challenge to scratch and bogey golfers alike all year round.

History

The club was founded in 1889 and was initially a nine-hole layout located at the Town Gate of Sutton Park.

The layout was revitalised by Alister MacKenzie and his suggestions resulted in all the holes being altered or replaced over a 15-year period.

The club has hosted many prestigious events during its existence. However, the centenary in 1989 gave the club the opportunity to celebrate its existence, and celebrate it did, in style!

Among the many events held was a Pro-Am that attracted Vijay Singh, Sam Torrance, Laura Davies, Manuel Pinero, Jose Rivero and Jose-Maria Canizares amongst others.

Why it’s special

A rapidly draining heathland layout, Sutton Coldfield is an authentic, natural, fast-running course.

The club gets between 80 and 120 cattle coming onto the course towards the end of April. This has resulted in the club needing to erect cow wires to prevent them from invading the course. Thankfully, as yet, none have been hit by golf balls!

But its most quirky feature is the road between the clubhouse and the course which marks the boundary between Birmingham and Walsall.

Where does it rank?

80th in England, 165th in GB&I, 5th in West Midlands

Where is it?

Just six miles from the Birmingham city centre, the club is located in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield along the border of Sutton Park.

Would you like to play Sutton Coldfield with the NCG Top 100s Tour?

Our NCG Top 100s Tour offers club golfers the chance to tick off their bucket list courses around the UK and Ireland while playing for fantastic prizes courtesy of TaylorMade.

The Tour prides itself on offering the best experience at the events while offering fantastic value.

Sutton Coldfield is part of the Tour’s 2023 schedule with an event on May 25, 2023 and your entry fee includes:

  • Your round of golf
  • A meal before and after your round
  • A welcome pack on arrival
  • The chance to win amazing TaylorMade prizes

And, if that isn’t enough, you can get a 10% discount if you book four or more golfers.

Get in touch with Sutton Coldfield

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 0121 353 9633.

Have you played Sutton Coldfield? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us.

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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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