Newbold Comyn G C
Weather & Course Condition
Thick cloud covering and strong wind although it did stay dry. Course suffers from the fact that there are public rights of way across it and the greens suffer from animal scratchings which can’t be helped, there was no fairway definition as grass has been left too long.
Course is found at the end of a residential road, on the day of my visit there was construction going on at the nearby leisure centre and they had taken over part of the car park. This is a municipal course which has a small pro shop which has all the basics you need. I found the cost of the electric trolleys higher than anywhere else I have played and the course has so much potential but is spoiled by the fact that preparation is a little lacking, the greens are as good as can be expected considering they suffer a lot from furry little animals digging them up but the fairways are disappointing as the grass is that long I had grass between club and ball even though I am in the middle of the fairway. It appeared the grass had been left to grow that long off the fairway’s that now it has been cut down it can be virtually impossible to find your ball as it buries itself under the cuttings that have been left. Couple all this with the fact the fairways were covered in daisies I managed to lose two balls that were on the fairway but camouflaged by them, but as I said earlier if the length of grass could be addressed this would be a very good course. Please note that the public do criss cross this course and there is nothing the club can do about it so keep an eye out for them.
All yardage is from the yellow tee’s
Hole 1 – Par 4 – 383yds
A wide open fairway with a large tree in the middle and a ditch running across some 230yds away. The fairway has furrows running across it so a little luck with the ball staying on one of the up slopes could put the raised green in range, for the rest of us to clear the ditch by 40yds will leave a pitch up on to it. All the greens had recently been spiked and as such the ball did not run true but that is to be expected.
Hole 2 – Par 4 – 344yds
Once I had found the 2nd tee there is a wide fairway that slopes left to right, you will find getting from some holes to the next could be confusing as there is lack of signage but this is not the clubs fault as youths can come onto the course and remove them. Try to keep to the left of the fairway due to the roll should leave you with a shot to the green but you will only be able to see the top half of the flag so will make it a little of a blind shot in, best to keep left as there is long rough should you drift right of the green.
Hole 3 – Par 4 – 261yds
Shortish par 4 this one that curves left with the green hidden behind the trees, plenty of width to let rip leaving a short pitch to the green, the fairway was covered in daisies on my visit and my drive went straight up the middle and despite walking round in circles for 5 mins I was unable to find it.
Hole 4 – Par 4 – 339yds
Wide fairway for you to let rip at that dips down and then back up about halfway along it, a good drive should clear this leaving a shot into quite a big green but beware of the trees all the way down on the left side and as can be seen in the photo members of the public who seem oblivious of the risks.
Hole 5 – Par 3 – 146yds
An easy par 3 as long as you don’t go right or overshoot the green even if you end up well short of the green you will still have a simple pitch in.
Hole 6 – Par 5 – 457yds
A wide fairway that should be no problem on your drive, for your second the fairway drops steeply down and then rises again so to clear this and be on the fairway is a good result leaving a pitch of 100yds onto a large green.
Hole 7 – Par 3 – 109yds
This for me was one of the best holes on the course, with the green below you with a couple of bunkers to the front right and one to the rear left of the green. With such a large green a simple wedge shot should leave you safely on it, in my case I was about 10yds left of the green but even from there a simple pitch put me on it giving me a chance of par. (which I missed)
Hole 8 – Par 4 – 344yds
Wow what a hole this one is, from the tee you look at a steep hill in front of you and take my word it is steep, clear all the bushes just in front of the tee will be a good result, the big hitters may get to the top of the hill which will leave them in a good position to play to the green, for the rest of us we are left with a blind shot over the top of the hill. It is a good idea to walk to the top too see your line and if your playing partner could stand up there to spot your ball as it would be required, in my case I was playing on my own and although I hit a good second that went straight down the centre I was unable to find the ball due to once again having daisies all over the fairway and not being sure as to how far I had hit it and how it had rolled. The green is large for you to pitch up to.
Hole 9 – Par 5 – 465yds
From the 8th green you will walk up the hill to a high tee that looks down the fairway, as with most of the fairways it is wide and you can really go for it, a good second should leave you in a position to go for the large green which will be above you, this is one green not to overhit as you could end up in the pro shop or O.O.B. or both.
Hole 10 – Par 3 – 235yds
A long par 3 that will be no problem for the lower handicappers but for the most of us even with a driver it may be too long, my weapon of choice was a driver and even though I hit it well it came up around 15yds short and to the left in the 1st cut, even though one of the green keepers saw the area where I landed neither of us could find the ball as it had buried itself under the grass cuttings which were plentiful. Another large green with nothing to worry about around it.
Hole 11 – Par 5 – 550yds
After a long walk from the previous hole to the tee you will find this hole is one of the few that has problems down both sides of the fairway so a straight drive is needed. There is a ditch running across the fairway some 180yds away so to clear that is a good result. Once passed the ditch the fairway opens up more leading to a large green and this was one hole I managed to par.
Hole 12 – Par 3 – 212yds
Another long par 3 where you may want to take your driver too, I went with a rescue wood but ended up 40yds short but still managed a par. There is no major problems on this hole but there is water to the left of the green so if you miss the green make sure it’s to the right where there is plenty of room to play from.
Hole 13 – Par 5 – 572yds
Another good par 5 for you to attack, there is a ditch that crosses the fairway about 240yds out from the tee which most of us will not reach. For the rest of the hole it is straightforward all the way to the green with a wide tree lined fairway taking you to the large green. This was a good hole for me as I returned a birdie on this one.
Hole 14 – Par 3 – 182yds
Another long par 3 that goes up and over a slight rise, unable to see the green from the tee but you should see the top half of the flag. There is a little room to the right but anything going left will result in a re-load on the tee. A good size green awaits that leans slightly left to right.
Hole 15 – Par 4 – 359yds
This hole is a dog leg left and good club selection is imperative if you want to par this one. A big hitter with a draw may be able to get close to this green for normal folk you are looking at a 130yds tee shot to clear the hedge and leave you in the middle, I made the mistake of using my rescue wood and duly lost my ball in the trees over the far side of fairway. Once round the dog leg a second shot into a large green will be a great result.
Hole 16 – Par 4 – 305yds
A short par 4 with loads of room to go for it, the green is slightly raised from the fairway protected by bunkers to the front even so this is one of the easier holes to play.
Hole 17 – Par 4 – 372yds
A wide open fairway to attack from the tee, the green is hidden in the distance behind the trees on the right, the large green is protected by bunkers and there is not much room behind it.
Hole 18 – Par 4 – 382yds
From the tee the fairway steeply drops away as can be seen in the photo, then turns left down to the green. As can be seen there is a large tree on the left but there is room to the right if you hit a good drive. Should you manage to end up in the fairway and can see the green for your second shot you will see bunkers around the front of the green, even though you want to go for the large green unless your certain you can make it I’d advise to play short of the bunkers and be happy to finish your round with a 5.