- Hiseman, Robin
Holes of Merit:1, 4, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18
Not open to the public you need to be a corporate member or their guest to get behind the front gate. It is a difficult tee time to obtain but worth the effort to play the course.
The course design of the 4th hole is said to be inspired by the 2nd at Huntercombe.
Adam Lawerence of Golf Course Architecture states emphatically: "From the back tees, the JCB golf course is a brutally hard one, which will eat up the vast majority of golfers and spit them out."
JCB Golf & Country Club Videos
Short and sweet, get a glimpse of the course here
Golf Course Review
JCB Golf & Country Club is a private golf club in Staffordshire, England on the Woodseat Hall Estate. Lord Bamford set the minimum standard at nothing less than a tour-ready course that would compete with the very best in the world built to the highest specification.
Why would a large manufacturing firm be interested in a golf course? Chairman of JCB, Lord Bamford explains: '‘‘My vision for this golf course is for it to build an even stronger awareness of the JCB brand around the world and help drive increased demand for our products.’’ Essentially, the course is a savvy marketing tool used to attract big tournaments and ultimately woo overseas (US) investors. This also explains the flash white sand used to adorn the course which will resonate with the American audience.
What Robin Hiseman of European Golf Design delivered over four years was a bold, modern Par 72, 7308-yard course which made the most of the site's water features and woodlands. Generously laid out over 240 acres, the course made the most of innovative construction technology. A staggering 650,000 cubic metres of earth were moved and sculpted to create the course - exactly what you would expect of a course quite literally built in the shadow of a multi-national earthmoving empire. Intriguing is the fact that so much earth was moved to introduce water and as much work done to lose it with drainage due to the heavy clay.
A significant design hallmark is risk and reward. There are a handful of driveable par 4's and a very short par 5. Even the longest of the Par 5's will entice the longest hitters to go for it in two with eagles as common as double bogeys. What no doubt most will remember is the 17th. A monster 255 yard, downhill par 3 to an island green. To see how it came to be, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.
For those fortunate to see the course and switched on enough to render informed judgment - universally it has been hailed as one of England's best modern inland course designs.
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Address:West Midlands, ST14 5HY, England