With the new Lockdown 2.0 now in place I thought I would review the new courses that I have managed to play and experience this year. As some of you know, I enjoy playing new courses and I am currently up to 294 courses played. This year I have managed to add 9 new courses and ticked a couple of bucket list courses off to.
Isle of Purbeck GC
With it's stunning views over Poole Harbour, Isle of Purbeck GC was a feast for the eyes. A course to be enjoyed by any standard of player and even if not on your best form you'll struggle not to smile at the scenery. One from the bucket list.
Westerham GC situated just off the south M25 is a beautifully manicured course. It threads itself through the tree lined fairways like a snake. The greens are pure and the facilities superb from the practice ground to the clubhouse.
Forest Pines GC
Forest Pines GC has three loops of 9 holes. Each as enjoyable and challenging as the other. As the name suggests, all three loops are crafted through the forest, but I thought it was wide enough to be fair. The greens are undulating and strategy off the tee is needed to score well. You cannot just bomb driver everywhere and I found my 2 iron a welcome trusty friend. Another bucket list course ticked off.
This course surprised me. I did not know what to expect, from the drive from the clubhouse to the 1st tee to the up and down nature of the course. There are some stunning par 3's on this course and the greens were very good. I should note, avoid the rough at all times as it will be costly on your lost ball count. If you walk the course and have a smart watch, check your heart rate when you reach the green on the 13th!
Other courses I have played this year are The Vale near Pershore, Melton Mowbury, Nuneaton, Oakridge near Nuneaton and Holmes Hall near Scunthorpe. All have provided very enjoyable days out and provided their own challenges which only help you to improve your golfing abilities.
Do you enjoy playing new courses? Perhaps let me know some of your favourites/recommendations.
Stay safe and well