Brancepeth Castle Golf Club is a Harry Colt designed parklands course set in the grounds and surrounding area of the stunning Brancepth Castle, which we are told dates back to the 14th century!
The clubhouse is an old stone built building which is set in well manicured grounds and woodland. It really gives a great first impression whilst you walk down to the first tee box.
We arrived early as the club had arranged for us to use the practice facilities prior to our tee off time. We took full advantage of the driving range, which has a number of covered and open air bays then the putting green and chipping area, which all were in fantastic condition.
The course offers a lot of variety a very fair challenge, a number of the holes follow a deep ravine which cuts through the middle of the course. Playing over the ravine brings in a lot of raised tee boxes/greens which adds to the complexity of the course. Thankfully bridges save you from trailing up and down the banks, if you can clear them!
The signature par 3 9th in the shadows of the castle is very impressive, plays longer and much more difficult than it looks and is followed by the equally challenging par 3 10th, get through those in even par and you are having a great day! In fact all of the par 3's on this course are fun to play and require a well thought out approach, we all enjoyed the 2nd hole.
The winter tee boxes did shorten some of the holes slightly but this has to be expected for a parklands course over winter and after the heavy rain we have had this year, some of the holes looked like they would be significantly more challenging when on normal tee boxes, noticeably the 11th but this did not take away from challenge the course offers. It was great to see no sign of temporary greens, they were all in excellent condition, soft but not too soft which is very good given the circumstances. The fairways were all well maintained with little to no drainage issues.
You can see why this course has been ranked in the top 100 in England and one of the leading courses in the region. We will be coming back in the summer!
We want to thank club chairman Jim Murray, who came over and introduced himself to us at the practice area which was a lovely gesture, made us all feel very welcome. We had a great day!