Glen Gorse G C
Weather & Course Condition
Nice sunny day with mild strength wind, course was in great condition and greens were superb.
Access to this course is off a busy dual carriageway and the entrance could easily be missed but once in there is a large tarmac car park, the club house looks like a bit of a miss-mash of buildings but don’t be put off as behind it is one of the best courses I’ve played in a while. A mature parkland course that is close to a built up area but once out playing you would never believe it, nothing better than hearing the wildlife on a sunny day playing golf on a course like this. A good challenge for all players no matter what their skills and one you will enjoy no matter how you played. Back in the clubhouse the catering was as good as the course and so reasonably priced, I would be more than happy to take the family there just for the food and drink. If you are looking for a day on a great course and good food then visit this course.
All yardage is from the yellow tee’s
Hole 1 – Par 5 – 477yds
Although the fairway is reasonably wide there is trouble on both sides of the fairway and a bunker waiting on the right side of the fairway so a drive down the middle or slightly left will set you up with a chance to go for the green in two, for me I played short of the green leaving a simple pitch onto a well prepared green that was ideal to putt on.
Hole 2 – Par 4 – 327yds
A straight hole requiring a straight drive as there are bunkers on the right and a large tree on the left, this is one hole that most players will be able to get on the green in two leaving a good opportunity to walk off with par.
Hole 3 – Par 4 – 393yds
Another straight hole and like most of the holes a reasonably straight drive is required, as you can see in the photo there is a small hump some 120yds from the tee so should you clear that by 70 – 80yds it is possible to get on this large green in two and the chance of another par.
Hole 4 – Par 3 -159yds
Plenty of bushes and trees await you around the fairway and green on this so ensure you select a club that you can hit 150yds with and hope to hit it reasonably straight, once on the large green the ball will run smooth and fast but if you are just off the green there should be no issues to worry about.
Hole 5 – Par 5 – 488yds
Loved this hole as not only did I par it but it just encourages you to let rip even though there are problems on both sides of this fairway. Around 50yds short of the raised green is a ditch so ideally take your second shot to end up just short of it and it will leave you a simple pitch up to the green.
Hole 6 – Par 4 – 398yds
Another straight hole but there is O.O.B. down the left of the fairway, a good challenge for the lower handicappers to get on in two for the rest of us play for three onto the green and two putt, it may be a bogey but a good result.
Hole 7 – Par 4 – 331yds
Fairway gently turns right and the green is hidden behind the trees, a good drive onto a wide fairway will leave you a chance for the green with a short iron, once again it is a large green that is smooth and true.
Hole 8 – Par 4 – 303yds
A uphill drive with bunkers waiting both sides of the fairway, the green is tucked away behind the trees on the right which would have been nice to have known when I was there as I played a simple knock up to the corner when I could have gone over the trees with the same club and maybe on the green.
Hole 9 – Par 3 – 169yds
This is a challenging par 3 for us mortals, I used my rescue wood yet still ended up just short fortunately missing the waiting bunkers protecting the front of the green which is large so there is plenty of green to play with if you do land on it, should you over hit the green there should be no problems.
Hole 10 – Par 4 – 430yds
Trouble once again on both sides of the fairway but other than that a reasonably easy hole although the fairway is more like a big dipper so should your ball land on a up slope you can hit a good second on or close to the green but if it comes to rest on the down slope it will make difficult to get near the green so a little luck may come into play on this one.
Hole 11 – Par 3 – 166yds
A good par 3 this one with a large tree on the right between you and the green and a small one in the middle. For me my shot was in the lap of the gods I took on the large tree hoping that my normal shot of a slight draw would put me on the green, although I did clear the tree the ball went straight but with plenty of room to the right of the green there was no problem pitching back on to the green.
Hole 12 – Par 5 – 483yds
A slight dog leg right and left on this par 5 and as both sides of the fairway is lined with trees for the full length trouble can be waiting for any wayward shot. Should you manage to stay on the fairway you should be on or near the green in 3 but beware don’t over hit this green as trouble abounds.
Hole 13 – Par 5 – 478yds
Loved this hole probably because I birdied it, there is slightly more width on the fairway and it is a straightforward hole if you stay on the fairway, it is my first time getting on the green in two on a par 5 but it is a hole most should be able to get on in 3.
Hole 14 – Par 4 – 360yds
As you can see from the photo there are a lot of furrows going across this hole (there are quite a number of fairways like this) and the fairway is once again lined both sides with trees it also drops down and then rises back up to the multilevel green. I suspect many a drive have gone into the trees on the left for myself my drive rolled off the fairway into the rough on the left but as I had hit a bit of form my rescue wood saved me but I did overshoot the green. Depending on the pin position try to leave the ball in front of the hole rather than behind it.
Hole 15 – Par 3 – 142yds
A large green below you with four bunkers waiting for you around the front with a hedge running behind the green, I played a nine iron but ended up just short of the bunkers so I hope your club selection is better than mine, once on the green you will find it reacts the same as all the rest on the course which is a credit to the green keepers.
Hole 16 – Par 4 – 385yds
A little more room for you on this fairway but beware of the trees on the right which are waiting for a wayward drive and I should know as that was where I ended up. Once back on the fairway there is no problems getting on the green.
Hole 17 – Par 4 – 441yds
Another long par 4 which is straightforward as long as you are on the fairway, as you near the green which is slightly off to the right so to play short of the green for your second is the most sensible shot.
Hole 18 – Par 4 – 437yds
Good finishing hole this, once again a straight fairway lined on both sides, the big hitters will probably get on in two whereas the rest of us should be on in three. The green is longer than it is wide but O.O.B. awaits a too strong approach shot.