Barlaston Golf Club nestles alongside the River Trent just south of Stoke on Trent, in Staffordshire – about 1 hour drive from Birmingham or Manchester.
Designed by Peter Alliss – TV commentator and former Ryder Cup player - in 1977, built on rolling meadowland, the course is described as a ‘little beauty’…. A par 69 over 5,801 yards long with some testing water hazards to conquer – Barlaston will set you some wonderful challenges. No matter what your handicap you will face a superb test of golf – the course rarely plays the same on morning and afternoon rounds!
Hole 1 (The Dip) - A short par 4 that should be treated with respect. Fairway bunkers centre and right are well placed for catching the tee shot. A tee shot of 180-200 yds between the bunkers, will leave a short iron to the green which is protected by mounds at the front and a ditch on the left.
Hole 2 (The Island) - The is a short par 3 that demands an accurate short iron to the green. If the green is missed water awaits left and right. Missing the green to the left leaves a very difficult up and down.
Hole 3 (The Splash) - The longer hitters can clear the water hazard; however, this requires a 275 yard carry and accuracy. Generally a lay up of 200-210 yds is the play, leaving a shot of 100-200 yds depending on the flag position. This long and narrow green is situated adjacent to the river and requires an accurate approach.
Hole 4 (Twin Ponds) - A driveable par 4 that offers a birdie opportunity for the longer hitter, but beware a wayward tee shot will lead to a disaster. The River Trent and water hazards provide protection for the hole.
Hole 5 (Pylon) - An accurate approach into the fairway will leave a short to mid iron to the green which is protected by a water hazard to the left.
Hole 6 (Lone Birch) - A par 3 of 160 yds which plays longer due to the elevated split level green. Out of bounds to the left, the green is protected by a sloping face, bunkers to the right and a large tree. An accurate tee shot is demanded.
Hole 7 (Old Swampy) - Stroke Index 1 for a good reason. For the majority of players this is a drive, lay up and approach to the green. For the longer hitters a drive and medium to long iron, an error with the approach to the green will find the swamp area in front of the green.
Hole 8 (Hogs Back) - Longish par 4, hogsback fairway requiring an accurate tee shot, anything too far right could well find the lake. A second shot of 170-200 yds to a large raised green well protected by bunkers left and right.
Hole 9 (Lake) - A par 5 with opening tee shot over water, the choice is how much to take on. The longer hitters having safely negotiated the opening tee shot will have a fairway wood or long iron into the green. The majority of players will have a second shot to lay up and a low iron to the green. Beware missing the green to the right will leave a difficult short pitch from below the green.
Hole 10 (Long-Un) - A dog leg par 5 for the majority of players, requiring 3 shots to the green, which slopes from the back to the front. Avoid the tree to the left side of the fairway and the ditch which continues round in front of the green. The green is also protected by bunkers left and right.
Hole 11 (Up-It) - A par 4 uphill to a very undulating green with the slope back to front. The tee shot should favour the right side of the fairway. An approach to the green with a mid to short iron, but avoid the bunker to the left and leave the ball below the pin.
Hole 12 (Down-It) - A long downhill pat 4 with out of bounds and a lateral hazard to the right. The green is protected by trees to the left and a bunker to the front right.
Hole 13 (Dammit) - (193 yd, Par 3 S.I.) – A long uphill par 3 over water with out of bounds to the right. The long narrow green is protected by bunkers left and right front.
Hole 14 (Umps & Hollows) - A short par 4, the tee shot should favour the left side of the fairway as the ball will run to the right. The tee shot should leave a short iron to a difficult green that slopes left to right and front to back. Bunkers front right and to the back right hand side of the green require an accurate approach.
Hole 15 (Hole in One) - A straight forward par 3, but a tee shot falling short is likely to find one of 3 pot bunkers right side of the green or a bunker left side front.
Hole 16 (Double Trouble) - (163 yd S.I. 15) – A picturesque par 3 fraught with danger. A tee shot over water to a two tier green protected by bunkers to the front and right side.
Hole 17 (Twin Oaks) - A long par 4, the tee shot needs to be positioned to avoid the twin oak trees in the fairway. A second shot of 150-200 yds to a raised green with bunkers left front and right side back. A long green, take note therefore of the pin position.
Hole 18 (Jubilee) - A dog leg par 4, that requires an accurate tee shot to avoid hazards left and right and out of bounds left that continues to the green. Ideally a tee shot favouring the right side will provide a good view of the green for the final approach. An undulating green with out of bounds left and rear, a miss to the right leaves a difficult pitch.
A warm welcome awaits you at Barlaston both on and off the course. We pride ourselves on offering friendly hospitality to members and visitors alike and we are very proud to have received a Regional Gold Award for just such hospitality from HSBC.
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European Tour Star, World No 43 and former Barlaston Junior Member David Lynn (November 2012)
“Very fond memories of Barlaston and I owe an awful lot to the place. They are very tolerant of junior golf there.” The layout “Its a very strategic course and really makes you think, it taught me how to course manage and is a lot of fun. I hope to come back and play there very soon.”
Barlaston Golf Club is truly ‘a hidden gem‘. A truly beautiful golf course to spend a day on.