The West Midlands has an abundance of absolute standout golf courses. However and because of the vast wealth of "stay and play" venues in the West Midlands, we find this to be one of the most popular destinations for golf breaks in England that we offer.
The West Midlands area is located in a primarily lowlands area which geographically provides a vast array of landscapes. Covered by sandstones, clays, and subsurface coal; identified by the plateaued area surrounding Birmingham. Climate-wise, the region alternates between milder and wetter weather in the west and drier and colder weather in the east. The long-distance from the sea, the area experiences a broader spectrum of weather conditions. Birmingham, for instance, has one of the most extreme yearly temperature swings in the country, with comparatively high summer and low winter temperatures. Summer Golf in the West Midlands, therefore, is an absolute joy. Conversely, the wetter months are less optimal for golfers.
Packed with diverse and vibrant nightlife, The West Midlands is an excellent destination for society golf days and overnight trips and golf tours.
One of the most established courses in the U.K let alone in the Midlands, is based in the heart of the country in Royal Sutton Coldfield. The Brabazon Course has hosted the Ryder Cup four times, showing the worldwide recognition this course has. It is also well known for its legendary 10th and 18th hole, which have been ingrained in the memories of many golf fans over the years watching Seve Ballesteros perform miracles on those holes. The course is a challenge for golfers of all abilities with its tight fairways and long, undulating greens.
Situated in the West Midlands with a good mixture of woodland and heathland golf. Sutton Coldfield hosted the English amateur championships in 2010, and the course itself is suitable for golfers of all abilities. As quoted by its founder Dr Alister MacKenzie "The course should be arranged so that the long [low] handicap player or even the absolute beginner should be able to enjoy his round". Sutton Coldfield is also renowned for its fast-draining turf of the fairways, allowing consistent play throughout the year.
Kings Norton is considered one of the premier golf clubs in the west midlands and is located in 220 acres of breathtaking woodlands. Kings Norton offers 3x9 hole loops, which maintain an enviable reputation for play on full greens throughout the year. There is also a nine-hole, par-three course available for beginners or people looking to improve their short game. The clubhouse is another unique factor at Kings Norton, which is "Grade 2 listed" meaning "of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it". It provides extensive facilities for members and visitors.
Located in the midlands near the welsh border, the Hill Valley is surrounded by scenic acres of gardens. It has two fantastic 18-hole golf courses called "Emerald" and "Sapphire". The Emerald course "Championship" course is more changeling of the two with its mature trees and spectacular water features, which some golfers find challenging. What makes it easier is that the beauty of the welsh landscapes surrounds you. The "Sapphire" course is far more forgiving. That being said, it's well-known for its compact greens and awkward approaches. Once again, the Sapphire is surrounded by acres of beautiful garden and landscape. Macdonald Hill Valley also offers a fantastic Essential Health & Fitness Club with fantastic spa treatments.
Positioned 2 miles away from Warwickshire castle and only 12 miles away from Stratford upon Avon, this is a fantastic location for a golf vacation. The Warwickshire consists of 2x 18 hole courses named "The Earls" and "The Kings" The Earls course is the championship course of the resort with its changeling water features and tight tree-lined fairways it would test your golfing ability's to the max. The kings' course is more forgiving but has its challenges, including numerous lakes and water hazards. However, the fairways are far broader and more forgiving than the Earls course. There is also a Castle Course A 9 hole Academy course is ideal for those just beginning golf or those wishing to tweak their short game mainly used for beginners.
Located in the heart of Warwickshire, it has 54 changeling holes of golf and breathtaking scenery to complement it. The forest of Arden course has also featured on the European tour and has been the host venue for both the British Masters and the English open. The Adren course is surrounded by breathtaking oak trees and a natural landscape. The signature holes of this course are the 17th and 18th. On the 17th, a long par five will test you with its tricky and expertly placed bunkers. The 18th will test you as it's an intimidating par 3 carrying the large lake in front of the putting surface. Another championship course the Forest of Arden hosts is the "Aylesford course", consisting of quirky hazards, which means wayward shots would be punished. This makes the Forest of Arden one of the most popular golfing destinations in the U.K.
Little Aston is located in Sutton Coldfield in the west midlands. It is also ranked no 34 in Golf England's top 100 courses, and alongside, it has the highest ranking parkland course on the list. Little Aston has also hosted professional and amateur tournaments, including the Schweppes PGA Close Championship and the Brabazon Trophy. It has gained a reputation for its stunning quality of fairways and greens. The clubhouse has a picturesque view overlooking the unique putting green with a fantastic terrace to go alongside it.
The Enville golf course is situated on the edge of the Black Country, five miles to the northwest of Stourbridge. It is renowned for its mixture of stunning heathland and majestic woodland. It hosted the Girls British Open Amateur Championship in August 2017. There are two eighteen-hole courses named "The Highgate and "Lodge" courses, which will challenge all golfers with their unique and tricky tee settings. To top it all, the Enville Golf course is ranked in England's top 100 courses, which shows the quality of this course.
The JCB golf course is located in the fantastic Staffordshire countryside. Having been created by internationally renowned Robin Hiseman of European Golf Design demonstrates this course's prestige and reputation. Its renowned for its signature 17th hole is located on a converted island on one of the JCB lakes and is a stunning yet unforgiving par 3. To go alongside the spectacular golf course is the luxury accommodation and dining.
The Blackwell Course is located in Worcestershire in the west midlands. Blackwell is an 18 hole, par 70 course. Both loops of 9 start and end within proximity to the clubhouse. This course has hosted the Open Championship Regional Qualifying Course 6x times. Blackwell Course has a reputation for its challenging five par three holes. It also is a highly walkable course due to its tee grounds close to the previous green site, which encourages a swift pace of play. Its reputation for its hospitably and golf course, which has consistently been viewed as one of England's finest, makes it's a no-brainer for you to visit The Blackwell Course.
How many golf courses are there in the West Midlands?
At current count, the West Midlands boasts 247 18 hole golf courses within the Region.
When is the best time to play golf in the West Midlands?
One can play golf all year round in the West Midlands. The Optimal season though, is from May - to October
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