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Ashburnham Golf Club – Course Review

Ashburnham GC is a rugged championship links course designed by golfing legend J H Taylor. Measuring a little under 7,000 yards this par 72 traditional “out & in* layout will test the skills of even the best golfers.

The first hole offers a fairly gentle start to the round, a downhill par 3 playing 175 yards. With the wind on your back it can be as little as a wedge and when the wind is into it is a long iron or hybrid. If you’re unfortunate enough to miss the dance-floor then miss short and not long as out of bounds lurks over the green, take a par and walk on happily to the 2nd tee!

The 2nd hole is a meaty par 4 that is reachable with a mid to short iron for your second if the wind is on your back……if it plays into then most are hitting fairway woods into a well-protected green, with run offs and the dreaded pot bunkers! You then get a stretch that leads you away from the clubhouse and depending on the wind direction these can be score-able holes where you can pick up a few shots if your iron play is on point avoiding pot bunkers galore! This brings us onto the 8th hole a risk/reward par 5, one of the standout holes on the course. A little under 500 yards (off the yellow pegs) with a dogleg right to the green, a big tee shot will leave you a blind second shot where the green is hidden behind a dune in the fairway, a long iron will get the big hitters home in 2, but you can’t miss right and anything not struck properly will find the sand traps, a truly great golf hole, especially in a match-play format.

The 9th hole……and what a hole this is, an intimidating tee shot awaits to a narrow fairway bending from right to left with the bunkers running up the left hand side of the slight dogleg, which will catch anyone trying to cut the hole down with a driver over the corner, find one of those traps and you are staring a double bogey in the face. The safe play is a long iron off the tee short of the bunkers, but this still leaves a hideously difficult second shot to a small green that tilts from back to front. The green is devilishly undulating, so if you do manage to hit the green in regulation, you must keep your wits about you making sure you don’t 3 putt!

If you didn’t manage to make par at the difficult 9th then the 10th hole will give you hope of picking up a birdie or maybe even an eagle. A reachable par 5 with a well struck tee shot will leave you a long iron or hybrid into a large green. The hole can be played just as effectively the old fashioned way playing your approach shot for your third from the left hand side of the fairway, which will hopefully leave you a short putt for a tweeter!

A wonderful run of quirky holes then ensues, all of which can be birdied if the bunkers are avoided. The driver can pretty much stay in the bag until the 15th hole, which is arguably the standout hole on the course and there isn’t even a bunker in sight, but don’t be fooled by this as the tee shot is demanding as is the second shot to a large green hidden in between the dunes, this hole will get your attention. You then make the short climb up to the 16th tee box, where you are greeted by the most stunning view, not only of the entire course, but of the Loughor Estuary. A great place for a picture to document your experience at Ashburnham.

All in all Ashburnham GC is a tremendous credit to golf in Wales. It offers a real taste of links golf, slick true greens, undulating fairways with pot bunkers a plenty, which all make for a wonderful test to golfers of all abilities. A “must” play course if you are touring the South Wales area.

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