Edgbaston Golf Club Course Review

Harry Colt is arguably the greatest designer of all time and his strength-in-depth legacy includes the lovely course at Edgbaston Golf Club

Edgbaston Golf Club Course Review - Clubhouse
Edgbaston is blessed with a beautiful parkland setting and a very impressive, listed, Georgian clubhouse
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Edgbaston Golf Club Course Review
Round: £80 Mon-Fri
Par 69, 6,128 yards
Slope 132
GM Verdict A relatively narrow, surprisingly rural and peaceful golfing oasis in the suburbs
Favourite Hole The par-4 13th, a strong right-to-left dogleg that skirts water left before crossing it to a tricky green

In golfing terms, the West Midlands is best-known for The Belfry and its dramatic history with the Ryder Cup. Happily, the nation’s second city has plenty of strength in depth, and Edgbaston is a fine and very enjoyable Harry Colt design.

Edgbaston Golf Club - Hole 3

The opening short hole at the third is played though a corridor of trees

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The course dates back to the 1936 when the club re-located from Harborne. It opens with a medium and then a very strong par 4 before the first short hole at the 3rd - 171 yards from the back tee.

Edgbaston Golf Club - Hole 5

The diagonal green at the par-3 fifth is very well protected

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The next is another strong par 4 while the 5th is a very attractive and quite demanding short hole where the water shouldn’t come into play but bunkers just short of the green most definitely will.

Edgbaston Golf Club - Hole 8

Hole eight is a tough par 4 played up the slope

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The 6th is a tough par 4 which plays very long as it is uphill all the way, and the 7th an extremely pretty par 3 over a valley to a beautifully-framed plateau green with the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower beyond.

Edgbaston Golf Club - Hole 9

The green at the ninth with the lovely clubhouse beyond

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You head back to the clubhouse via two fine par 4s, both played up to shelf-like greens that can be hard to find.

Edgbaston Golf Club - Hole 15

The short par-4 fifteenth plays longer than its yardage as the approach is up the slope

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On the back nine, the 12th and 13th skirt Edgbaston Pool, a lovely lake, and although the course is relatively short, its greens are small and it certainly plays longer than you would expect.

The 14th is the final par 3, and this is followed by two short par 4s with the 15th played up the slope and the 16th a real temptation for longer hitters. A genuine 3-shotter and another very strong par 4 finish the round in style.

Accuracy from the tee throughout the round is vital, as it is all too easy to leak the ball into the trees or find yourself blocked out. The course at Edgbaston Golf Club is kept in excellent condition and deserves to be far better known.

Edgbaston Golf Club - Hole 15

The greatly-improved Martin Ebert bunkering in evidence at the fifteenth

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The elegant Georgian hall that serves as the clubhouse is actually the club’s third home, and with the exception of Martin Ebert’s expert bunker renovations, the lush, tree-lined course is little changed from the ‘30s, still bearing many of Colt’s trademarks.

While golf in the Midlands is not so well known, there are Top 100 courses and Next 100 courses that make it an appealing destination for a golfing trip. Edgbaston is undoubtedly one of the best courses in Warwickshire and will be enjoyed by all who visit.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2022, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He is a member of Tandridge in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.