6 reviews of Blackwell Golf Club
Played the course on the 27th January on a great winter fourball offer. The course was in great condition for the time of year. All holes tested your game. The greens were in very good condition and diffcult to put on, they run so true, heaven help you in the summer.
Having played some wonderful courses in the last 12 months, Sunningdale Old, Woodhall Spa, Little Aston, Nicklaus Cours at St Mellion, Blackwell is right up there with them.
As for the facilities, clubhouse and pro shop staff welcoming and friendly and every member we met spoke to us and welcomed us.
This course is always in immaculate condition. By far the best course in the region. When you think you could pay almost twice this green fee for somewhere like the Belfry, I know where I'd rather spend my money!! You can clearly tell it's got a very small membership.
Although it might look 'easy' on paper, a SSS score of 1 over the par should tell you that it's no pushover. The shortest par 3 is 160 yards, the best of the bunch being the 210 yard carry over water from the back sticks on the 9th. The double dog-leg par 4 3rd hole is one of the toughest holes in golf - to get it right yu've got to play a nice fade off the tee, then a draw into the green. Walk off here with a 4 and your a very happy bunny indeed.
To score well around this course you've got to hit the short stuff. Put it in the rough and you get punished - the ball nestles down quite nicely in the roots of the grass!
And that's just the start of your problems. Once you get to the green you're met with beautifully subtle borrows and crowns, making 2 putts from anywhere on any of the greens something to put in the memory bank and savour. If you don't putt well around Blackwell it's your own fault. These greens are soooooooooo true, it's no doubt your stroke to blame.
The one thing that'll be lost on most golfers around here is that no 2 consecutive holes are in the same direction. The course plays to every point on the clock - to my mind the definition of a truly great golf course.
Some may think the club house quirky and old fashioned, but it honours all that is traditional in this fascinating game of ours, and you're always assured of nothing less than a warm welcome.
Try it out, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Played early December, as far as condition of both course and Greens were concerned it could have been Summer. Superb Course nowonder it is an Open Qualifier. Staff were friendly and helpful, we even enjoyed the food & the Pinotage at £10 per bottle is a snip. Great Day.
A gentle course for gentlemen. Set in scenic near parkland with tree lined fairways it was in good nick.[End October].
Very old fashioned, no bad thing if that's what you like. Some strange customs remeniscent of PG Woodhouse's days, no forks allowed, for example in certain public rooms. This led to the bizarre offer of a cake fork so I could eat my sandwich [I don't eat bread and after being refused the contents on a plate this was their compromise to comply with the rules.]
The impression was of exclusivity and we felt 'observed' at all times.
For a club proclaiming to seek visitors they don't quite get it yet- the 21st century -I mean.
If you don't let all that put you off this has got be in most persons top 100 courses.
A very pleasant golf course in excellent order. Not a tough challenge, but ideal for a party with a range of handicaps. A thoroughly good golfing day rather spoiled by the anachronistic attitude to visitors. It was ladies day, but as they were playing only 9 holes from the first and then having their AGM (I confirmed by actually talking to them) we asked if we could start at the 10th rather than waiting over an hour to our allotted tee time. The new golf pro was (understandably)not prepared to make such a momentus decision (to his acqute embarassment),but after reference to "higher authpority" our request was firmly denied. Oh well we are only humble visitors, let's have a late breakfast whilst we are waiting. The difficulties of that will only make your eyes water with laughter so I will say no more. The staff could see how ludicrous this situation was and even the members we spoke to in the bar afterwards knew the problems and had a good laugh about it with us. Wake up Blackwell, you have a lovely course, but you are falling over yourself wrapped in red tape. We will go back (if they will have us) just to see if anything has changed - but don't hold your breath.
Blackwell is a course full of character with many memorable holes. Fairways & Greens are excellent.
This course is a real golfing challenge. With punishing rough, the key to success is hitting the fairways.
Whilst wayward & high handicap golfers would find Blackwell extremely difficult, mid & low handicap golfers would find this course a real challenge.
Blackwell is a hidden gem.
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