CHARNWOOD FOREST GOLF CLUB
Opened in 1890, the James Braid heathland course was designed to make full use of the natural environment to create a course that challenges golfers to overcome the many incumbent hazards that includes rocks, heather, gorse, bracken and stone walls.
The course layout has no bunkers & makes full use of the natural contours to ensure course management is imperative to achieve a low score.
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 and in October each year the Club holds a prestigious open competition for golfers with a handicap of 5 and below. Aptly titled 'THE ROCK', golfers travel from far and wide to take up the 36 hole challenge.
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. The club this year has also been recommended to apply for a prestigious environment award.
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 every round!