Mickleover G C
Weather & Course Condition
I played this course just as the leaves started falling in big quantities meaning on some holes the fairways was a carpet of leaves making finding your ball a challenge. Although overcast it was bright and mild, a good day to play.
Mickleover Golf Club is found on the outskirts of Derby near to the Royal Derby hospital, as I had dropped the wife and daughter off shopping in Derby passing the hospital on my left I followed the B5020 the short distance to the A516 which I turned left onto, within a few hundred yards just where the houses stop is the long drive into the course which runs down behind the houses which turns left into a large car park. Facing down the car park too your right is the large clubhouse which is comfortable and well equipped, after my round I enjoyed a pot of tea and bacon roll at a very reasonable cost. At the bottom right of the car park you will find the pro shop and a warm welcome and just past it are practice nets and putting green, with the pro shop to your back the 1st tee is off to your left by the clubhouse.
All yardage is from the yellow tees.
From the tee the fairway steeply rises up in front of you as you can see from the photo then drops down to a large green. As long as your drive does not go right amongst the trees the green is reachable in two even if you don’t make the top of the hill although you will be left with a blind second shot but a good hole to start.
Hole 2 – Par 3 – 183yds
A simple looking par three this one, a good drive that avoids the bunkers on both sides of the green is all that is required, but if you play like me the group in front kindly called me through and I made a pigs ear of it and my drive did not even reach the ditch that crosses the hole just 50yds in front of me fortunately my second saved me so I only dropped one stroke here but I suspect the group in front were having a right chuckle at me which I deserved.
Hole 3 – Par 4 – 314yds
From the tee a nice wide open fairway awaits your drive, as long as you don’t go left there should be no problem, once again the group in front of me offered me to play through as I had managed to hit a long drive and I managed to hit a good second into the large green with no real issues and landed just short of it. Thanking the gods for not showing myself up again I chipped onto the large green and managed a single putt.
Hole 4 – Par 4 – 343yds
As you can see from the photo the view from the tee is daunting for those who never know if the drive is going to be straight, if you are successful in this then a short iron will leave you on or near the green but be careful of the water just to the left of it. If you do happen to push or pull your drive then best of luck getting back out of the trees, my drive went left but the golfing gods were with me as it clipped a branch which threw it well out into the open leaving me on the 3rd fairway but more importantly I had a chance to get back over the trees and get it near to the green. Shot landed just short of the green but a chip and 2 putt and I was more than happy to walk off with a 5 after that drive.
Hole 5 – Par 5 – 473yds
A short par 5 hole with no real problems as long as you don’t go to far offline either side, big hitters should be on the green in two for the rest of us getting on is three is easy enough with a good chance of a birdie.
Hole 6 – Par 3 – 137yds
I enjoyed playing this hole even though there is a lot of trouble awaiting around, with a leat that is just to your left at the tee and it runs all the way down and past the right of the green and with a bunker waiting between it and the green makes this hole interesting but there is lots of room to the left leaving a simple pitch into the green. For myself as I have not been hitting my short irons well I opted for my rescue wood which I managed to hit well and straight and the ball just rolled off the back of the green making me a happy golfer to get par on this one.
Hole 7 – Par 4 – 352yds
A hole that will make good club selection on the tee important, with the leat that runs down the 6th crossing this fairway the decision is do I go for it or lay up just short. I opted for a easy three wood that came up just a few feet short of the leat how I regretted not going with the driver. From the leat it is all uphill to a large green which has a large bank rising behind it so you can go for it knowing that the bank will stop your ball going to far off the green. The only issue for me on this green was on the day of my visit the back of green was well sodden and even though I hit my putt with enough punch to knock it 50yds+ it only travelled about 15yds, looking back my better option would have been to move the ball back off the green as I could not take relief on the green as I would have been a lot nearer the pin and pitch over the wet part but as we all know we are all scratch players when we play the hindsight game.
Hole 8 – Par 4 – 319yds
A short walk up the hill to the 8th tee and a relatively easy par 4, with not to much trouble for your drive the challenge will be your second shot as there are a number of well visited bunkers between you and the green and with very little room behind the green and trouble to the right will test you.
Hole 9 – Par 4 – 348yds
As you can see from the photo the fairway drops away from you and slopes left to right then rises up to the green. Getting on the green in two is more a of a wish for most of us rather than a possibility, a good drive that stays on the fairway will leave you the opportunity of getting near the green with a good second, not like my second which duly drifted off to the right hit a tree and buried itself in the rough. After a hack in the rough I still managed to salvage a five and felt chuffed with the result considering.
Hole 10 – Par 4 – 315yds
So onto the back nine and what a start to it is this, with the fairway dropping down from the tee then uphill to a right dog leg into a avenue of trees it can be daunting. This was one hole when luck was on my side as my normal drive usually drifts slightly left to right and this hole was ideal for me as I watched my drive gently turn round the dog leg and down the fairway between the trees, my luck continued as this fairway was a sea of leaves from the trees lining both sides of it and after a couple of minuets of going round in circles my ball was found. Ideally you will need to be over to the left hand side of the fairway which will leave a shot to the green which although not to big there is trouble all around it so if you are short it’s ok, but if like me you are on the right hand side a punch shot is required due to the branches.
Hole 11 – Par 5 – 480yds
I suspect this is one par 5 that during the summer everyone has a chance of getting on the green in two as a good drive will hopefully leave you on the fairway and as the fairway drops down steeply to the green a good second that gets over the start of the drop will leave the ball rolling all the way down to the green, even I managed to get just over the drop in two but this time of year there is little or no roll.
Hole 12 – Par 4 – 399yds
A uphill right dogleg hole with houses running down the left hand side and on the day of my visit the tee position meant I was driving over the 11th green. Wide open fairway so for most there is not too much of a problem on the drive, the second shot is a different matter though, should you manage to drive to or near the dogleg you will be left with a uphill shot to a green that may not be visible but there are a number of trees & bushes to negotiate first. There is no problems around the green and once on it you’ll find it runs smooth and true, for a high handicapper to drop a shot here is a good result.
Hole 13 – Par 3 – 206yds
A long par 3 with bunkers protecting the green on both sides, not too many problems here just good selection and a good strike should get you on or near the green. For me a 3 wood was selected but not hit too well and I ended up about 20yds short but as it was a large green and no bunker between me and it so I did manage a par.
Hole 14 – Par 4 – 251yds
This is one hole where big hitters can easily get on the green but they will need to hold the green as bunkers wait all around to collect the ball when it rolls off, for myself my target was to leave the ball around 50yds short of the green leaving a pitch onto it thus taking bunkers out of play, good plan I thought but badly executed as pitch landed on the green and duly rolled into a bunker.
Hole 15 – Par 4 – 396yds
As you can see there are two large trees each side of the fairway here, a good drive will bring these into play, land in the middle of the fairway and you may have a shot to the green but too far left or right will leave a interesting shot either over or around them.
Hole 16 – Par 4 – 341yds
Straightforward hole this one, a uphill shot to a wide fairway with no problems around except for a ditch that runs across the fairway some 40yds out.
Hole 17 – Par 3 – 179yds
With trees on both sides a straight drive is required, when I played this one the ground was very soft and waterlogged about 40yds short of the green where my ball duly plugged itself along with many others. Once passed the bog the green did have a few soft spots due to the rain but other than that a nice par 3.
Hole 18 – Par 4 – 308yds
What a good finishing hole, from the tee a straight drive required to the dog leg left will leave your second to the green however hit the drive to far and you could be in the trees or on a steep downhill fairway and not hit far enough will leave the green out of sight and reach. With the raised green well protected by bunkers and positioned alongside the clubhouse will leave you looking a star should you perform well but if like me you end up in the bunker buried under the face and take two to get out of it I’m sure there were a few chuckles in the bar however my one saving grace was the long putt that I downed afterwards.