Ashburnham Golf Course Review

Ashburnham has been voted the sixth-best course in Wales. It celebrated its centenary in 1995 and has hosted the home internationals and a number of top professional tournaments, including the Martini International (won by Sam Torrance in 1976) and the PGA championship (won by Bernard Gallacher in 1969). Ashburnham is a true links course, with the exception of the 1st2nd, 16th, 17th and 18th. Sand dunes overlook and frame many holes and several doglegs require the golfer to know exactly where he is going. If you are playing here for the first time a Stroke Saver is a must.  

The best hole on the front nine is the 199-yard 6th, which is a potential card wrecker. You must play a well-struck shot to a green that is slightly raised, surrounded by punishing rough and guarded by two proper bunkers. 

The 8th is a 542-yard par 5 that doglegs to the right - only the very longest hitters would consider going for the green in two. The ideal drive is hit to the left of the fairway, followed by an iron to the corner of a mound and a short iron to a two-tier green.  

The 14th is a memorable par 5, measuring 553 yards. The drive is a blind one to a hole that effectively features two fairways - the first one narrows to two mounds and gorse. The second shot is played over the mounds towards a distant marker and eventually you will find the green in a hollow, surrounded by all sorts of rubbish.  

The 18th hole will stick in your memory - how you play it will dictate whether those memories are good or bad. It measures a mere 377 yards and is a vicious dogleg left. Your drive should be aimed at the mounds on the dogleg and you then play over thick rough and other assorted unpleasant stuff to an elevated green.

 

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.