Charnwood Forest

 

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Opened in 1890, the James Braid heathland course was designed to make full use of the natural environment to create a course that challenged golfer to overcome the many incumbent hazards which included rocks, heather, gorse, bracken and stone walls.

1st Tee  1st Green 1st Green  1st Green
     
    The course layout would have no bunkers & would make full use of the natural contours to ensure course management was imperative to achieve a low score.
2nd Tee  2nd Fairway  2nd Green 2nd Green
       
Since 1890 the course has undergone many changes, but there has been no diversion from the original vision which lives on today at Charnwood. The course has a deserved reputation for being both challenging and picturesque.   
 3rd Tee  3rd Pond  3rd Fairway  3rd Green
       
The course is primarily heathland and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England because of its variety of habitat for flora and fauna.   
4th Tee  4th Wall  4th Green  4th Green
       
Perhaps the most unique feature of the course is that it is built amongst the Hanging Stone Rocks, dating back to some 620 million years. The rocks are a strong feature of the course and as well as being magnificent to look at, represent a hazard to overcome during a round!
 5th Tee 5th Green 5th Green 5th Green
     
 The course is measured at just less than 6000 yards for men and 5300 yards for ladies with a par of 69 and 71 respectively. The 18 hole layout is achieved over 9 fairways and greens but with 18 tees, many of which make the second 9 holes a very different challenge to the first.   
6th Tee 6th Tee 6th Green 6th Green
       
 With many elevated tees, blind shots, carries over stone walls, sloping lies and the natural hazards mentioned above, the course cannot be taken lightly. Any doubters need only check the scorecards of the best recorded scores on the wall in the clubhouse lounge.   
7th Green 7th Green  7th Green 7th Green
       
 With its heathland terrain, height above sea level and natural slopes, the course drains exceptionally well and it is very rare for it to be closed for anything other than snow.   
 8th Green  8th Green 8th Green  8th Green

     
 One of the highlights of the course is the greens which are the envy of many clubs in the East Midlands. The greens are slick, always true and have many subtle borrows to overcome.   
 9th fairway 9th Fairway 9th Approach 9th Green
     
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