As a bogey golfer - I'm not one to appreciate extremely technical courses that require pinpoint accuracy to enjoy yourself, and that is the basis of my love affair with Elton Furze Golf Club.
Found on the outskirts of the Cathedral city, Peterborough, and just a stone's throw from neighboring Stamford, Elton Furze has the distinction of being equidistant from the hustle and bustle of the city and the beaten track of rural Cambridgeshire.
Upon entering the grounds, guests are immediately presented with an impressive clubhouse, covered driving range, chipping green, putting green and one of the nicest looking 9th holes in recent memory. Some of the friendliest staff at a golf course I've ever had the pleasure of meeting are on hand to get you out on the course with a modestly stocked pro shop, buggy hire and fantastic food and drink.
The course presents itself well with impeccably maintained fairways and greens, and a decent variation of holes ranging from gently doglegged par-5's that will test your long irons, to short par 3's that tease you with the possibility of a birdie or that evasive hole in one.
The beauty of Elton Furze lies in its terrain and surroundings. Being far enough away from the city you will find no cars zooming past constantly on a motorway, and the site of the typical Fenland rapeseed fields fills the landscape with a pleasant buttercup yellow that can really distract you from the game. Soft undulating hills provide that extra element to the game that can really ruin some parkland courses and make them featureless, bland affairs. By the climax of the 18th hole you will realise that not only have you played a well looked after golf course, but that even the most stressful moments of the game are diminished by the beauty of this course.
Standout holes are the previously mentioned 9th, which playing off yellow tees clocks in at an impressive 486 yards. Don't let this put you off though; a well-placed tee shot will bring your approach shot just around the dogleg left bend into site of the gorgeous clubhouse, and a host of options on how to attack the well-defended green. The short par-4 14th hole is also of particular note, abundant with a family of geese who seem as keen to stop you finding the green as the large water hazard that sits on the edge of the fringe.
Going back to my original statement - Elton Furze Golf Club provide a welcome challenge to amateur golfers of all handicaps. Fairways are wide enough to allow for mistakes, but provide significant challenge to keener golfers who really want to push their boundaries.
So if you find yourself in East Anglia one sunny afternoon, at a loss of where to play - take my word for it - drive on down to Elton Furze and have a great time.
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