LUFFENHAM TOUR CONT
Certainly one of the best and most attractive holes at Luffenham, it is a wonder why then that gorse and troubling trees/bushes down the left are allowed to remain on the 7th.
The approach is a shot we can easily identify with Colt.
The short two-shotter 8th is a hole which doesn't make sense on any level. Somewhat narrow due to a hazard right and trees/bunker left, its a simple choice to lay-up. Even if one is successful in taking on the trees/sand, he is left in the rough and without a good angle of approach...because there is no good angle. The 9th continues the ho-hum nature of the short holes, not bad, but somewhat of a letdown. The 10th uses the gentle ridge extremely well for this bender right. The landing zone bunkering and approach are interesting as well.
Unfortunately, things generally turn south on the back nine. The land is generally quite flat and featureless with a few exceptions. Holes 11-14 offer very little in the way of charm or interest. The 13th is especially gruesome as a dull 470ish par 4 with hardly any features except yardage..this is perhaps the worst Colt hole I know. However, we do get yet another example of Luffenham's many forward bunkers at 11....a design trait I like.
Despite the fairway lines, 15 is a fine hole, especially the uphill approach. 16 is okay, but it does wonderfully showcase the Line of Charm ideal. There is loads of space left, but my guess is the two bunkers online with the green see plenty of action.
Darwin highly praised the short 17th even if the strategy is closely tied with the 4th.
The home hole, a par 5, once again has fairway line issues with the entire right side now rough. Perhaps the most elegant of Colt's bunkers, the string of pearls which would have guarded the second shot back in the day has been allowed to go fallow. It is my understanding the Hawtree wasn't permitted to add to bunkers due to the Government orders in support of spotted two-toed slugs which are extremely rare...
Instead, if he wanted to add bunkers some needed to be removed elsewhere.
I really wanted to like Luffenham Heath because much of what I admire is present and it reminds me quite a bit of another Colt course which flies largely under the radar, Northamptonshire Co. Luffenham is a nice club, a great walk in a country setting featuring some good scenery and a handful of fine holes in #s 3, 4, 7, 10 & 16. However, several things conspire to diminish the quality of the design, namely dreadful fairway lines, an indifferent set of short holes, fairly bland greens and little in the way of quality for the banger holes. Still, if one is invited for a game and tempers the expectations of what Colt can deliver (I remain unconvinced Colt is the main man), an enjoyable time can and should be had. 2016
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