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Blackburn is a parkland course on a high plateau with stream and hills. Hilly in places but this gives way to superb views of Lancashire coast and the Pennines. The greens are immaculately maintained and looked after, whilst the fairways are lush offering a real test to golfers of all abilities. In recent years, a new drainage system has been implemented, mature trees planted and new bunkers constructed.
This course has a blend of character with the rolling hills and the low land section of the second nine.
The first nine are short but tight. Anyone believing that this course is there for the taking will be very much mistaken, particularly going out.
The par 3, 5th hole rises up from a tree surrounded tee, part way up a hill to a long oblique but narrow green, protected at the front by bunkers. A carry of 190 yards up hill....it's not easy.
All par 5 ( 3 in all) are most interesting with a blend of inviting approach shots and distance. The 10th hole is most interesting... at 490 yards, downhill, you tee through trees to a generous fairway and feel you should reach in two. However a well bunkered green protected by a creek makes your decision all the more interesting.
The most challenging hole is the 17th which rises up hill 240 yards, then falls downhill 170 yards to a small green....it's a whopper and save a shot for this one.
Blackburn is one of the most popular courses in the region and has a very friendly atmosphere. Good food is available most days and the clubhouse has recently undergone modernisation.
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