This weekend I played at Blue Mountain Golf Centre, just off the M4 near Wokingham. The weather was a bit iffy, which probably explained why the course was pretty quiet, although it did pick up at times which is always helpful; it’s bad enough playing badly, but playing badly when you’re cold and wet is even worse.
The course is one of the better pay and play courses that I’ve played, despite its relatively short length. There are a number of interesting holes, and some pretty challenging ones as well. As with all courses, if you hit it straight you’ll do ok, but length alone isn’t a huge advantage on many of the holes.
The first real test is the par 3 4th hole, a 206 yard par 3 with a bunker and a pond guarding the front of the green (thankfully there’s a bail out area on the right of the green).
The 2 par 5s on the front 9 are both fairly short, and should present a decent birdie/par opportunity.
Although shorter, I thought the back 9 was actually more enjoyable. The 10th is a nice little hole with a sharp dogleg right and water waiting. There a couple of short par 4s where you should at least make par, unless you happen to get the kind of lie I did in a bunker – it was that kind of day.
After the fairly easy opening to the back 9, the course suddenly fights back. The stretch from holes 14 to 16 starts with a 241 yard par 3, followed by a 459 yard par 4, then a 180 yard par 3 with water guarding the front of the green.
It’s a tough stretch of holes, and one that can easily ruin your scorecard.
Despite a shocking front 9, I enjoyed my round at Blue Mountain, as did my playing partner (who would have scored really well if he didn’t putt like Sergio with one hand tied behind his back). Despite being quite a short course, the holes are laid out with a bit of variety and it’s great value.
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