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Thanks Sean, I used to play it several times a week. I can't wait for the rest.
Yes, Sean, the trees have grown a bit. The hospital wasn't there behind the 17th. The 13th in those days played over allotments. I once got a two on that hole. The drive at the 3rd was somewhat more open. Older members who remembered the war years said that some of the Americans soldiers and airmen who played here had been pros before the war. Several were known to have driven the 3rd! I couldn't guarantee to clear the stream (although I once ran the ball over the bridge) and from a downhill lie short of the stream the second shot was very tricky, trying to get the height as well as the length. So often I ended up half way up the bank from where it was easy to amass a big score. The 12th, too, could be a killer if you missed the green, and I often did. There was a bunker front right of the green which prevented you running the ball onto the green from the higher ground on the right. There were a lot of interesting greens with tricky approaches.
Sean, yes. I think they were quite run down by then - I played it 1967-70 and went back once since, probably in the 80s, but I can't say that the allotments were still there by the 80s. These are very valuable photo tours and I like the way you link us to your other ones. Mark.By the way, you should look at Lindrick winter deals for next year. I think a fourball plus breakfast was £99 this year - just under £25 each! It's well drained and plays well in winter.You could take in Coxmoor and Hallamshire, too.
Sean, I like your tours because you have a keen eye for the detail of golf course architecture, you describe it well and with lots of interest, and you know how to photograph a couse to illustrate your point. If I haven't been to a place it very likely encourages me to visit. If I have been to a place it's nice to know what somebody else thinks about and a much of the time you confirm my own opinions. In the case of Southfield it is gratifying to learn that my memories of it are pretty well spot on - senility may be just round the corner but it's not quite here yet. Mark (the Cheshire Mark).
Ed,I'm interested that you think all of the 3 Frilford courses are better than Southfields.I've only played the red a few years ago and didn't think it was anything special. I have heard that while the green is relatively short it is the best of the three and that the blue is a 'championship' type course and not really heathland in character.I think I will have to get back there soon.Richard