I have played Magnolia Park before, back when it was a brand new course so it was nice to visit again to see how it has matured.
The Lambourne Club is set in 180 acres of picturesque Buckinghamshire countryside, the course resides among ancient oaks, beech trees and no less than six serene lakes.
I have played at Stoke Park Golf Club before, playing the Colt & Alison courses, so on this visit I played the Alison & Lane Jackson layouts which are holes 10 to 27.
I have been suffering with a sore shoulder over the past few days and the thought of playing 18 holes of golf was a bit ambitious so I decided to go for a leisurely stroll around a local 9 hole track.
Last week I visited The Buckinghamshire Golf Club to watch the Regional Open Qualifying, which turned out to be a good contest. Five golfers who managed to get round in par had to contest a play off to see who would clinch the last couple of places.
Designed by John Jacobs, former European Tour Player and Ryder Cup Captain, The Buckinghamshire is one of the finest inland courses in the country. While walking the course you are taken through majestic woodland, scenic lakes and rivers, with undulating landscape that ends in huge ‘Pennlinks’ grass greens.
A round at Hedsor Golf Club by an Amateur Golfer
The grass runway at Hedsor Golf Club, used to land light aircraft that were authorized by Heathrow, can still be seen on the course but no planes obstructed my quick 9 holes today. My game is improving after slowing down my swing a little and I hope that by the end of the year I may just make that magic single figure handicap.
Played golf for the first time after my shoulder injury at The Lanes Golf Club, to my surprise it has been lengthened since the last time I played there.
The fourth hole is now a short par four instead of a long par three and the seventh has been lengthened to a par five. I quite like the longer seventh hole, the drive needs to go down the left to avoid the fairway bunkers while the ditch in front of the green acts as a deterrent to anyone not confident of clearing it in two.
I hit a decent drive down the middle of the fairway but chose to lay up before the ditch, chipped to the back of the green with my third shot and managed to get down in two from there for a par. This little nine-hole course is turning into quite a good test of my golfing abilities.
Set in the heart of the Chiltern’s, Ellesborough can seem a little hilly in places but the course provides fantastic views and outstanding scenery during your round. It rained non-stop on the evening before I played but the course must have excellent drainage as there was no sign of the downpour the next day.