What they say…
Designed by British and US Open golf champion Johnny Miller, Collingtree Park is the epitome of the modern golfing venue at its best. The course has hosted both the PGA Euro Pro Challenge Tour and the Mobile Cup Seniors Tournament.
What we say…
Collingtree Park is located in Northamptonshire and had been rated within the top 100 courses to play in England, it was designed by US Open and multiple Tour winner Johnny Miller, and thanks to his design it boasts an interesting and challenging layout to all golfers.
On the couple of occasions that we have played Collingtree Park we have found all the staff at the venue very helpful and polite, although the marshal could be slightly less over bearing, Having said that I can understand why he would have to be so attentive, the layout and signage on the course is lacking and rounds could quite easily become a slog If you are not given a little direction.
The facilities at Collingtree Park are good, their driving range offers ample options for for short game and driving practice and golf lessons are delivered by an very helpful Pro. The shop is reasonably stocked although doesn’t seem to match up to the “grandeur” of the course and the setting, a little more investment would probably be welcomed.
You are gently ease into the round with a straightforward, par 4. The fairways are generous on the whole, although bad shots will be punished as the fairways are well protected with plenty of water, in fact the wet stuff comes into play on 10 holes, making accuracy key to achieving a good result over the distance.
A number of years ago the greens here were ropey and didn’t command the green fee, however a recent injection of life into them and the bunkers that has changed this and the greens are now extremely well maintained and true.
The 4th is one the stand out holes on the course, a long par five with water coming into play both on the right and the left by means of a river, which meanders throughout the estate that was originally on the site. A well struck tee shot is required to navigate this hole followed by an accurate second in to a fast green.
The pars 3s are tough, all long and tricky. The 12th is almost all water; with anything left meaning you’ll be reaching back into your bag to grab your provisional ball.
The par 5’s are long, with only the 9th offering a possibility of reaching the green in two. The design of the hole is spectacular, almost goading the long hitter into going for the green in two, but beware the river cuts across the front of the seemingly reachable green, a strategic hole that rewards bravery and length.
Unfortunately for the 9th, which otherwise would be the most memorable hole on the course, it is overshadowed by the truly stunning 18th.
The hole is long, and the approach must be judged to perfection, the tee shot sets up the hole, as the longer the drive the narrower the fairway. The second shot, your layup must miss another bunker that has been positioned perfectly by the architect.
Miss the green and finally, the real work begins, you have to gauge the distance to the island green which sits in front of the clubhouse. A nerve racking finish, especially if you are the last one in. Even the better golfer will welcome a par here to finish the round.
Overall the course is a must play, with a varying design and interesting holes. A downside is that at times the maintenance leaves a little to be desired, but in recent times that seems to be less of a problem.
- Top 100 course
- Challenging for all levels
- Recent work on bunkers and greens
- Could have a better pro shop