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Headfortâ€™s Old course opened in 1928, stretching elegantly across the bucolic Headfort Estate. It impressed golfers for years. When the exceptional New course arrived in 2000, the shorter Old took a back seatâ€¦ yet this is pure parkland golf with swathes of mature trees providing tremendous character to holes. Many tower over tee boxes and form intimidating backdrops.
It is a charming par 72, with the gentle undulations promising nice views of the hole and tempting targets off the tee. There are no climbs and, combined with the rhythm of the trees, golf here is peaceful and easy.
Thatâ€™s not to say the course itself is easy. Even though there is no water there are subtle doglegs everywhere and that means trees will prove a nightmare if you stray offline. Then there are the small greens which can only be attacked if you are on the fairways.
With the excellent quality of its two courses, its impressive facilities and its location just off the M3, this 36 hole is really rather special.
Favourite Hole: The back nine are stronger and the 14th promises the shot of the day. It is a sweet par three hitting through trees.
What's in the Bag? Accuracy off the tee is crucial while small greens will challenge your short game.
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