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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.
It was way back in 2003 that I last played the Lanes Golf Club, which just happens to be the closest course to my house, beating Stoke Park by half a mile, although they are about the same if you walk instead of drive. I was hoping that the course had matured a little since my first visit and I think it has.
I try to visit Chiltern Forest at least once a year, it is one of my favourite courses, not long by any standards but you have to think about your shots around here, it is certainly not the case of smash every drive off the tee for maximum distance.
Accompanying me this year were Ken, my father and Tony, my cousin. We arrived at the course to find the last few groups of the annual Captain’s Drive completing their rounds, we were told when we phoned they had gone out in a shotgun start but it turns out this was not the case.
Gerrards Cross provides a good test to golfers of all abilities, with no hole the same as any other. The course is a good length for a par 69 and it’s undulating fairways (and some greens) make for an enjoyable challenge. Over recent years the course has been improved with the introduction of course irrigation and more defined fairway to rough cutting.
My only grumble would be the consistency of the bunkers, also the greens can be a little unpredictable when not in good condition, but I was told they are generally good through the summer months. Off course facilities are also very good as is the hospitality of the staff.
For quite a new course Buckinghamshire is sure looking good, the facilities here are great and the Mansion Clubhouse looks superb. The staff were very helpful with Reception telling us where everything was so I wouldn’t get lost. You get a good test of golf here but it is also an enjoyable one, the course has enough tee positions to be setup for all abilities and the fairways & greens were second to none.