A very good and challenging heathland course! Recommended!
Tidworth Garrison GC is a heathland style course on the eastern edge of the Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. It is a 90 minute drive from south west London!
It is a private members club founded in 1908! Harry Colt was the course designer!
The course is a par 70 for the men and a par 72 from the ladies red tees! I played the yellow tees at 6,161 yards! There are 4 par 3s, 12 par 4s and only 2 par 5s!
Interestingly the hole indexes were the same for both sexes! The yardages and a couple of extra shots to par accommodating the differences! The SSSs were 70 white, 69 yellow and 72 red!
The Par 3s : the 4 par 3s are a mix of moderate 155 and 157 yards and plus 2 moderately long holes at 171 and 180 yards!
The first par 3 2nd hole is a blind/semi blind tee shot with a huge grassy crater front left of the green, which I didn't know was there!
Holes 5, 11 and 13 were more beautiful targets! Because of the firmness of the greens, unless you could hit very very high launch tee shots the the best way to play them was to shape the shots to land short and run on to the greens! I was +4 for the par 3s! Not good for me as they were all no shot holes!
The course is a very undulating course meandering through deep woodland areas!
The 1st, 6th, 10th, 16th and 17th holes included significant uphill climbs!
The fairways are generally wide with spacious landing areas, but there are many right to left and left to right slopes to contend with!
The Par 4s: there are 3 par 4s in excess of 400 yards, ie the 4th, 8th and 12th. They are indexed 2, 4 and 1 respectively!
The downhill blind 332 yards 7th hole is reachable! I almost drove the green with a not very pure drive!
The 'short' uphill par 4 16th has an awkward tee shot with an out of bounds fence tight left of the tee box!
My par 4 stats was +11, ie 2 above handicap allowance caused by two double bogeys in my first 4 holes!
The Par 5s: the uphill blind par 5 6th and the par 5 14th holes are reachable in regulation and are both shot holes! My combined par 5 score was +2, OK on the face of it but the double bogey was the result of putting errors not the general play!
Black and white striped marker poles are very helpfully in situ to aid tee shot alignment and good course management!
There is some wispy long grass areas to the side of most of the slopey fairway areas! Whilst hitting a precautionary provisional ball is recommended there is a good possibility of finding your ball!
If you are in the trees you are way way offline!
Greens: the greens are mostly raised, with either deep greenside bunkers or banks which need to be navigated! They are generally large, firm, undulating, slopey, tricky and moderately paced! Not like the Cherry Lodge greens! I 3 putted 4 times! I also missed 3 good / very good birdie putt opportunities!
Green fees : visitors green fees are £46 (Mon to Thursday), or £30 after 3pm! Weekend rates are £54 & £45 respectively! At least 1 visitor per group must have a handicap certificate unless playing with a member!
The County Card rate is £27!
(due to the connection with the armed forces, there are much reduced rates for military, MOD, Police and Fire Service personnel!)
This is a course that I played by entering the clubs annual Seniors Open Stableford Golf Competition.
It was a course that had been recommended to me and I was very impressed by the quality of the the golf challenge! I recommend that fellow TSG members should play it if opportunity arises!
This is a very popular competition venue, with 144 competitors, across 3 handicap divisions, ie up to 112 handicap, 13 to 18 handicap and 19+ handicappers.
I finished 18th of 55 division 2 handicappers, with 32 points, the winning score was 43 points!
Because of a diary mix-up I forgot to charge up my electric trolley on Monday and I found myself hiring a pull trolley! This turned out to be much harder physically than the first two rounds played recently in Northern France! A fresher me might have been able to shave off a few shots from my outturn total!
Hospitality: the club members and staff involved with the organisation of the competition day were wonderful hosts! The post match chicken balti curry was excellent!
Full membership is £1,118 per annum! The club has free reciprocal arrangements with 11 nearby clubs and a further 33 clubs throughout England and Scotland!
One of Wiltshire's best
Founded in 1908, TGGC is one of the best courses in Wiltshire (albeit this is one of the more barren counties for quality layouts). I would describe it as a downland course, with a nice variety of holes. Always in good condition, although the rough is extremely penal at the moment. Played in the Seniors Open with an 80 year old member who scored 25 points on the front9! Excellent value at £25 - friendly clubhouse staff and a super 2 course buffet.