Archive for May, 2000
West Middlesex is a nice tree-lined course in built up area, you have to cross a main road twice on the way round, but the fairways, greens and tees were in great condition. If you have not played this course before, as I had not, then I suggest you go round with a member or walk the course first. A few of the holes have blind shots and you can easily lose a ball into trees or river if you do not know where the hole goes.
The fairways have quite a few ups and downs in them with some well placed mounds in the middle of some. There is only one hole affected by water, the 11th, a river runs along next to the 17th but does not really come into play unless you miss the fairway by a long way to the left.
What I liked about this course was the par 3′s, most were long and the short one is over a lake.
Stanmore is a nice course which is very close to London, there is a variety of wooded holes and some hilly ones too. The hilly part of the course tests your hitting power and length as many of the tee shots land on an uphill slope so will stop where they land. The wooded part of the course is where accuracy is required otherwise you will find yourself in the middle of a spinney looking for a gap to get back to the fairway.
The 7th hole was the highlight of the round, the tee shot looks daunting, it’s a raised tee up on the high part of the course down to the fairway on the low part of the course. The drop is flanked on either side by trees and it looks as if one pine tree directly in line with the tee and fairway got just a little bit too big as it has been cut down to size allowing the tee shot to sail straight over it.