The PGA EuroPro Tour has been fortunate to visit some incredible venues during the 2022 season.
Were you aware that a lot of these venues are available to public play, meaning you can experience the same loop?
This will be the first of a two-part series detailing information on the courses we visited this year, including green fee price and location.
1.) Harleyford Golf Club
Green Fee Week/Weekend: £67.50/£75
Harleyford Golf Club had the honour of kicking off the 2022 season and the dedicated work from their greenkeeping team did not go unnoticed. Not only was the course in tiptop condition for our visit, but it produced a worthy champion in James Allan and lots of scoring opportunities for the field. With a fine collection of par threes, fours and fives, Harleyford Golf Club will provide a stern test of a golfer’s game.
Interesting Fact: This is the home of six-time European Tour winner Tyrrell Hatton.
2.) The Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
Green Fee: £26
The Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort – which is part of The QHotels Collection – made its debut for the PGA EuroPro Tour during the 2022 season. As a resort course, players naturally held hesitation as we headed into the event – but the final outcome was widely applauded across the player base. Matt Robbins and his team worked exceptionally hard to ensure a fantastic challenge awaited the players, which is exactly what materialised. Keep an eye out for the 515-yard par-5 13th; a very special hole that will certainly be remembered.
Interesting Fact: Having opened in 1976, the golf course was inspired by Augusta National Golf Club.
3.) Donnington Grove Golf Club
Green Fee Week/Weekend: £45/£60
Donnington Grove is set in 500 acres of unspoilt countryside, and it is a fantastic location if you’re looking for a golfing retreat in the Berkshire area. The club boasts an 18-hole championship course of the highest standard, in addition to a floodlit driving range and a state-of-the-art professional shop stacked with the latest products. The two nines heavily contrast each other but combine to create a memorable experience.
Interesting Fact: Off the tips, Donnington Grove measures 7,108 yards and was created by Ryder Cupper, Dave Thomas.
4.) Studley Wood Golf Club
Green Fee: £50
Studley Wood Golf Club is situated in a peaceful parkland setting. Designed by Simon Gidman in 1995, the par-73 layout provides hours of entertainment, where the quality of the greens deserves special mention. The driving range is floodlit and boasts more than 15 bays, with additional practice facilities such as a chipping green, practice bunker and putting green located next to the clubhouse.
Interesting Fact: Simon Gidman, Studley Wood’s architect, was also involved in the creation of Galgorm Castle and Centurion Club.
5.) Cumberwell Park Golf Club
Green Fee Week/Weekend: £50/£60
Cumberwell Park is Wiltshire’s premium golfing destination with an array of loops available. Since opening in 1994, Cumberwell Park has become on of the best facilities in the South West, having been awarded four stars in Golf World’s Top Courses in Britain. As an additional bonus, a 9-hole Par-3 Course was created – with another already in the works. If you’re local to the South West, this is a golfing adventure that you are not going to want to miss.
Interesting Fact: Cumberwell Park is the only 45-hole complex in the region of Wiltshire
6.) Abridge Golf & Country Club
Green Fee: £60 (the club are also offering a ‘2 Fore 1 Special’)
Abridge Golf & Country Club was originally laid by iconic golfing figure Henry Cotton in 1962, with both loops of nine holes starting and finishing at the clubhouse. Measuring at 6,704 yards, it’s not the longest available on the list, but the dedication of the greenkeeping staff ensures the quality is far beyond its distance. The clubhouse is also modern and its close proximity to the 18th green means societies can enjoy watching their peers hack their way home!
Interesting Fact: Pavan Sagoo, who was crowned champion at Abridge Golf & Country Club, shot and currently holds the course record for the venue with a score of 62 (-10).
7.) Belton Woods Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
Green Fee Lakes/Woodside: £30/£30
Belton Woods Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is also part of The QHotels Collection and its golf course produced one almighty test for the week. Unlike Telford, however, there are 36 holes available at this Lincolnshire-based hotel, meaning it can accommodate the demand from an influx of visitors. The Championship Lakes course – the layout used for the EuroPro’s visit – is long and demanding, with narrow fairways needed to be found if scoring opportunities are to follow.
Interesting Fact: Belton Woods Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort was previously home to the oldest PGA tournament in the world – The Midlands PGA Championship.
8.) The Vale Golf & Country Club
Green Fee International Week/Weekend: £45/£55
Green Fee Lenches Week/Weekend: £32.50/£40
The Vale Golf & Country Club is another multiple course venue on this list, but we’ll be focusing on The International – which saw Brandon Robinson-Thompson earn his first EuroPro victory back in July. The course, in addition to the clubhouse, has seen an influx of investment recently, which has helped elevate it to one of Worcestershire’s premium golfing destinations. Off the whites, this is a long course at 7,126 yards; accuracy, coupled with healthy length, will be the only combination of scoring well around this notoriously difficult track.
Interesting Fact: The Vale Golf & Country Club can also offer accommodation from their selection of cabins.
The PGA EuroPro Tour has been fortunate to visit these fantastic venues this year and they should be experienced by ardent golfers.
As you’ll now realise, a large chunk of these facilities are priced fairly and therefore, should encourage a visit.
We’ll provide more information on the second half of venues on Thursday – keep an eye on our socials.