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In my youth when there were only Dunlop Bob Charles clubs generally available to left-handers in this country (1960s this is) the pro at Whittington was the only one my father and I knew who might have three or four sorts of left-handed clubs available.
Sean, your efforts are well appreciated.
Sean, serious question here, did you hold your camera at your feet when you took these photos? The perspectives from you pictures give a very low key, lay of the land feel, in a bad way. Kind of uncomfortable.
Great photos Sean - just reminds me why this course has been on my must play list for the last few years - there are lots of excellent heathland courses (outside of the top-rated ones in the southeast that get most of the coverage) that I have started reading about over the last couple of years but previously never heard of that now look like must plays, such as Beau, Whittington, Ipswich, Delamere Forest, Sandiway, Sherwood Forest, Luffenham Heath, Woodbidge, Aldeburgh, Sherwood Forest and Coxmoor. I will plan a golfing trip for next year with some mates - the Nottingham collection (Notts, Coxmoor, Sherwood) with maybe Ganton first has been favourite, but I have also now thought about doing Delamere and Sandiway and then stopping on the way back to take in Beau Desert and Whittington and another Midlands course that someone recommended to me called Enville?
Paul, That list is right up my street, the sort of courses I would recommend to others. Sean, the trees were less luxuriant when I played at BD in the 60s, but the coal mining and other industries round about were still in full (and noisy!) flow and I suspect that members were only too happy to get some screening from the noise and smoke. It was quite the thing to do then, planting trees in huge numbers, and (I'm not being specific about BD) members queued up to donate trees, as today they queue up to presnt benches. There was also a habit of donating flowering shrubs and plantings of flowers to turn the course into a garden.
SeanThanks for the great photos. It looks like a wonderful layout. I like the way the holes fit into what looks to be wild terrain, and the greens really standout. As a minor criticism (based on the pictures) the bunkers appear to be pretty bland and their placement on some of the holes is kind of repative, as a result there are a few approachs that look very similar. From what I've seen this type of bunkering is pretty typical of Fowler, in contrast to Simpson. What do you think?