Richings Park Golf Club – Iver, Buckinghamshire

I have visited Richings Park before and have been back a number of times, the course is set in 210 acres of mature parkland, most of this looks beautiful, the first few holes though are a little plain with young trees that are still very small.

The rest of this course has some magnificent old trees, lakes and small brooks, the greens are USGA spec and the ball rolls well on the putting surface. The fairways and teeing areas are all well managed with some large bunkers along some holes with nice soft sand in them for a change. Overall a well managed course with some great looking holes after the first few.

Datchet Golf Club – Berkshire

Datchet Golf Club – Berkshire

The first two holes at Datchet are a little short for par fours but after that the holes lenghten and the course looks in good condition with quite a few well placed bunkers.

I enjoyed my round here with the double set of tee areas providing a slightly different nine holes second time around, although the course looks like it could get quite crowded if a lot of 3 or 4 balls went out.

Hounslow Heath Golf Club – Middlesex

Hounslow is a parkland course in a conservation area that has a nice variety of trees and two rivers run through the course. The 14th-16th stretch of holes are very well thought out and quite picturesque.

The 14th is an odd hole, a short dogleg par 4 that should be easy but, there is a local rule on this hole that states you cannot play for the green until you pass the post that is on the right hand side of the fairway about 180 yards from the tee, any ball on the right hand side of the post before you pass it is out of bounds. This hole needs an accurate iron off the tee to be in a position to go for the green.

Little Hay Golf Club – Hertfordshire

For a Public Pay & Play course Little Hay is a very good golf complex. The course itself was in good condition, greens are good and undulating in parts. The fairway’s were cut a little long for June but were not too bad, some of the holes are very hilly in places with blind tee shots on a few of them.

There is not much water here just one man made pond about 6ft x 6ft on the 10th hole. The practice facilities here were great, a nice driving range, pitching and putting practice areas too, for just over £10 a round very good value for money.

The only bad thing about this course was the changing room facilities, they were tiny, about as big as the man made pond, we ended up not having a shower after our round and changing in the car park. If not for the very poor changing room facilities this could have been a really good experience.

Meyrick Park – Bournemouth, Dorset

Meyrick Park was the first municipal course constructed in England and it looks like it has matured very well. The condition of the course was very good with quick, true greens, which is a credit to the green staff considering this is probably one of the most popular courses in the area.

A solid shot is required right from the start if you are playing the first as a par 3, otherwise play it as a par 4. On the second keep the ball right of the fairway and you should be left with a short pitch into the green. If you are not long off the tee then play the third one shot longer than the card suggests this goes for the fourth hole too.

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