JCB strikes gold as tour-ready course opens for play
Welcome to the JCB Golf & Country Club, a stunning, brand new championship course that will have you scouring your contacts book for anyone you know who works for the construction equipment manufacturer.
Working in partnership with European Golf Design, the par-72 layout has been created as a showpiece for the engineering excellence of JCB’s machinery. Sadly, the course is not accessible to the public; it will be used by JCB for sales and marketing, with JCB employees getting access at weekends for £60. They can bring guests, who’ll pay £70.
The course recently opened for play for the club’s inaugural members, four-and-a-half years after ground was broken, although the official opening will be next year following the completion of a spectacular glass-fronted clubhouse.
The quality of the course, spread across 270 acres of Staffordshire countryside, makes it a contender to host tour events in the future.
Measuring 7,303 yards from the championship tees, the full-length layout features three par 5s of more than 600 yards. Shorter hitters needn’t worry, as the choice of tees means it can play as little as
‘The standout par-3 17th can play anywhere from 116 yards to 255 yards to an island green.’
5,068 from the front tees.
The standout 17th hole, a par 3 to an island green, can play as long as 255 yards or as little as 116 yards. The green is protected by three bunkers that fall away into the lake, with the 18th tee situated on the same island. The par-3 9th is another highlight, playing back towards the ruins of 18th century mansion Woodseat Hall, which will eventually be restored to create a spectacular halfway house.
Green complexes are vast and varied, each having at least seven possible pin positions to create variety for those lucky enough to play the course.