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On a lovely, if rather windy, autumnal day in October the intrepid roving reporters visited The Players Golf Club at Codrington in Gloucestershire.

This is a serious bit of real estate with 3 golf courses and a 7700 yard Championship course utilizing holes from the various courses which is arranged once a month. The Codrington course ranges from 5550 yards for ladies up to 7106 yards off black boxes. We played the course off yellow boxes! (6044 yards). The Stranahan is an 18 hole 5500 yard course and the third is a challenging 9 hole par 3 course.

The Codrington, with 5 par threes, well defended by bunkers and water, 5 par fives which are reachable in 3 (or 4 or 5!) and 8 par fours of varying length and layout, offers an excellent challenge for golfers of all abilities.

Whilst there was some winter remedial work being done on the course it was, nevertheless, in excellent condition. The fairways were closely mown and well delineated. The massive greens were in excellent condition running, we were told, at about 9 on the stimp meter. Poor chip shots off the apron often ended up with the ball back where you started, which produced much hilarity until it was your attempt! The semi rough allowed you to find your ball but required good shots to make progress. When wayward shots went into the rough rough, then it was usually a case of ‘bye bye ball’!

Whilst the approach to bunkers were well manicured the tops of the bunkers seem to have been deliberately left to nature and this gave a scruffy appearance to some areas of the course.

We were glad we used buggies as many green to tee walks are quite long (we are getting on a bit now!) Neverthless the courses are fairly flat and walking them would not be a problem.

The professional shop is situated some distance from the clubhouse. The latter offers a spacious bar and dining area with a good range of bar food, good toilet and shower facilities but the gents changing room is miniscule.

All in all an excellent day out despite the effects of the wind, and we would thoroughly recommend it to fellow golfers.

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