Broadway Golf Club
The stone walls come into and affect play. In fact, there are numerous registered ancient monuments scattered about the course.
Golf Course Review
Broadway Golf Club is one of the Cotwold’s best-kept secrets. Established in 1895 and moved to its present location in 1901, there are beautiful views from the course’s elevated position across the Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains.
MacKenzie & Simpson at Broadway Golf Club?
Although Broadway Golf Club has 18 holes, play it as a nine-holer. Why? Legend has it that six of the opening nine holes are the handiwork of Alister MacKenzie. The front 9 was set in 1911 and allegedly altered by Alister MacKenzie in 1929. Some claim Alister MacKenzie’s greens are found on holes 2, 3, 4, and 5. The problem? None of it is true!
Rumour has it that Tom Simpson again modified it in the early 1930’s with his additions being alterations to holes 8 and 9. The second half was designed by James Braid in 1939 but didn’t open for play until 1962.
The details are sketchy at best and Alister Mackenzie and Tom Simpson certainly didn’t write, sketch or praise their work here as was typically the case. The Alister Mackenzie link has been debunked and no one has gone down the Simpson rabbit hole yet…
All that said, the front nine is certainly worth a look if you’re in the area.
Broadway Golf Club & Common Land Gems
An amazing stretch of unheralded golf can be had in the immediate area. Minchinhampton Old, Painswick, and Cleeve Hill are all easily accessible. Tack on Kington, Welshpool, and Church Stretton and you have a pure golf trip that will blow you away for next to nothing.
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Featured Architect: MacKenzie, Alister
As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...