THIS MONTH THE WEST COURSE WAS #1 IN GOLF WORLD‘S BEST UK COURSES UNDER 6,000 YARDS LONG. THESE ARE GOLF WORLD’S WORDS NOT OURS.
Short but sweet
Tired (literally) of hitting your driver off every tee and a long iron into every green? Try these little beauties for size!
Many courses built during the last couple of decade- no doubt to a backdrop of their owners ambitiously hoping to stage a Tour event of some description in the future- routinely hover around 7,000 yards in length. Whether such enormous length is required to test today’s power-hitting professionals is open to debate.
What is certain, however, is that 7,000 yards is simply too much for the average club golfer to handle. In most instances, courses of 1,000 yards less present a more appropriate and enjoyable challenge for amateurs. So with that in mind, we have compiled our list of 10 courses nationwide that come in under 6,000 yards.
But while they may be short, you shouldn’t expect to simply turn up and breeze round with a lot of pars and a handful of birdies on your card at some of these beauties. What you will be able to do, however, is leave the driver at home and simply enjoy the expeience. None of these courses are a slog and all of them ooze class.
#1 Royal Ashdown Forest (West)
The West is equal to Royal Ashdown Forest’s prestigious Old course, but in a different way. Tight, tree-lined fairways, small, undulating greens and the same heather, ditches and streams that wind through the Old also come into play here. It’s a beautiful walk through the heart of the forest without the precipitous climbs. royalashdown.co.uk – 01342 822018
Green fees: £35 weekdays; £40 weekends