My home course – The Birchwood Park Golf Center
The Birchwood Park Golf Centre is the golf course I call home. I signed up as a member earlier this year after playing a few social rounds at the course.
Birchwood Park Golf course is a Par 71 course measuring 5,826 yards/5,327 meters from the yellow club tees and 6,364 yards/5819 meters from white back tees. Red for the ladies plays at 5404 yards/4941 meters.
The front 9, I find, is the easier of the two nines with wind being a contributing factor on the back 9. The front 9 plays out with a standard par 36, two par 5s, two pars 3s and the 5 par 4s and the back 9 plays in at par 35 – an additional par 3 replaces a par 4. The course is generally in a decent condition throughout the year but during a dry spells the fairways harden up and turn brown as there is no sprinkler system to water the course.
The signature hole would be the par 4, 18th which is a fairly straight par 4 with water to the right of the green and bunkers at the back and left. With the wind, it plays pretty easy with a Driver and a Wedge being sufficient. Into the wind and you could easily be hitting a Driver and then a long iron!
The hole that will stand out most to all those who have played the course would be the par 4, 15th which also happens to be the most difficult hole on the course. A tee shot to a tight fairway will leave you a semi-blind mid to long iron shot to an elevated green that is actually well below your feet as it is on a different, lower tier to the fairway you’re playing from. Miss short and you’ll be in one of 3 deep bunkers protecting the green. Miss long, left or right and you would do very well to make an up and down from the rough that surrounds the green. Most of the golfers I’ve playing with, including the low handicappers, play the hole as a Par 5 and happy to take a bogey!
The only criticism I would really levy against the Birchwood Park Golf Centre is that the course is not properly stroked. The par 4 stroke 2 is much easier than the par 4 stroke 3 (and many other holes on the course) and the par 4 stoke 17 is by no means the second easiest hole on the course.
A round at the weekend would cost you £32.00 but if you sign up, free of charge, for a Player Card, the round would cost you £27.00. There are some great twilight prices too. Bookings can be made via telephone or online at www.birchwoodparkgc.co.uk. A separate site exists for members to keep up to date with club news, competitions etc.