Golf Course Review of Hawkstone Park Golf Club (Hawkstone & Championship)
Hawkstone Park Golf Course
Reviewed by Ed Battye -
Quick Summary: Benefits from two golf courses
Our 5 Star Rating: 3.5
Hawkstone Park Golf Club is a venue that benefits greatly from having two 18 hole parkland golf courses.
There is also a six hole par three academy course on site making this one of the most popular venues in Shropshire.
Both of the main courses offer something slightly different.
The older of the two layouts, the 'Hawkstone' is a peaceful, tree-lined course which after an 'up and down' start wanders around the historic Hawkstone Follies. And it is the holes just after the turn that come close to these fascinating cliffs, crags and caves that are also the best on the course.
The front nine will test virtually every part of your game with no easy holes with the seventh being the toughest. There are a few blind drives where placement is required rather than length, this is especially the case the first and eighth where the fairway falls away from you at around the 200 yard mark. The first half of the courses closes with its best hole, the impressive downhill par three ninth with a tricky green, bunkers to avoid and out-of-bounds close to the putting surface.
The back nine starts with a par five that is played towards the follies through a valley before the next hole is played alongside them and the short par three 12th hits towards them. Holes 13 through 17 are where a good score can be made with four relatively short par fours and a par five comprising the quintet. The final hole returns to the unusual clubhouse.
The newer 'Championship' course begins in a similar fashion to its elder brother in that many of the holes are tree-lined with plenty of trouble around the greens. It is not until the back nine that the course opens up slightly and presents the best holes on the entire property.
The 10th is an excellent dog-leg par five around a huge lake and the 12th is also a good hole from the tee. The 13th requires you to judge how much of the fairway you can bite off before you play another strong par five with some good bunkering down the left. The 15th is perhaps the best hole and sits nicely into the landscape and hole 16, a short-ish par four, plays well too. The round closes with a sound par three and a strong final hole back up the hill.
The Championship course is the best of the two but with accommodation on site if you are heading to Hawkstone Park you may as well decide for yourself and play them both.
Club Website: www.hpgcgolf.com
Tournaments: Open golf competitions at Hawkstone Park Golf Club.
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