JCB strikes gold as tour-ready course opens for play

Golf World (UK) - - SPIN -

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.

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