The distinctive design on the southern fringes of Northampton is designed by two-time major champion Johnny Miller…
Collingtree Park Golf Club Course Review
Johnny Miller won the 1976 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale by a margin of six shots from no lesser lights than Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros.
As a player, he had a reputation as something of a firebrand and he made his first foray into golf course design while still winning on Tour.
His only creation in Europe, Collingtree Park, opened in 1990 and is a testing, parkland course with an American twist that offers a real challenge as well as excellent value.
Its strengths were recognised early on and it has twice hosted the British Masters in the mid-90s, attracting strong fields and winners of the calibre of Sam Torrance and Robert Allenby.
The course has recently hosted European Tour Qualifying School events and returning this year in August is the PGA EuroPro Tour Jessie May Grust World Snooker Golf Championship which will be televised later in the year on Sky Sports.
It follows the industry standard design template with a par of 72 including four par 5s, ten par 4s and four par 3s.
From the tips it can be stretched to almost 7,000 yards, but everyday play is a far more appealing 6,227 yards.
There are two distinct loops of nine with the front half running clockwise to the west of the clubhouse, and with the first three holes separated from holes four to nine by Turnberry Lane and Belfry Lane.
The highlights here are the long and tough par-4 3rd, the short 5th where anything right will find one of the lakes, and the par-5 9th where the approach is an intimidating shot over water, much like the one that awaits on the closing hole.
The back nine also provides plenty of variety, with water again waiting for anything short at the 11th or pulled left at the par-3 12th.
The 15th is the final short hole, this time with no sand for protection, and the 17th is a very attractive and well bunkered dogleg left.
It is finally time for the heart-stopping closing hole, a genuine three-shotter with the approach is to an island green where the surrounding sand is marginally more appealing than the water.
This provides a truly thrilling climax to a very interesting and varied course with testing greens that are kept in pristine condition.
Collingtree Park Golf Club offers a collection of varied membership packages that suits all abilities and ages including corporate membership.
Enter the Colingtree Park Corporate Masters
On May 10, Collingtree Park is staging a Corporate Masters event for local businesses.
The day consists of a four-ball better ball team stableford competition with a 10am shotgun start, preceded by registration, buffet breakfast and ending with a two-course meal with prize presentation.
The entry cost is £199 per team. For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Brenda Scott on 01604 700000 ext. 205.
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
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