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Jeremy Ellwood heads to Iron Bridge country in Shropshire to visit QHotels' Telford Hotel and Golf Resort
Telford Hotel and Golf Resort
On Course par 72, 6,741 yards
The course at Telford, where a young Woosie recorded his first pro win, delivered way more than I was expecting, and I thoroughly enjoyed my solo knock here as the sun gradually set. The back nine in particular is blessed with plenty of character, and the greens were putting very well.
The opening two holes are quite tight, and you remain in among the trees heading out, but with no real rough to speak of under them you can always chip back out. The 8th is a sharp dogleg right, where the approach is over a pond and possibly a mature tree too unless you position your drive perfectly.
Coming home, I liked the self-enclosed par-3 11th that plays up to a green backed by pines, and the risk-reward short par-4 15th. You can probably kiss your ball goodbye here if you go for the slider and hold on to it.
The hotel blends the old with the new, with my corner room in the older part enjoying a double aspect over the golf course on one side and across to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ironbridge Gorge the other.
There are 114 rooms in total ranging from Classic to Superior King, Deluxe and Family, and if all were like mine, you’re guaranteed a very comfortable stay indeed.
The 1779 Restaurant, named in honour of the year the famous first iron bridge across the River Severn opened, offers a sumptuous selection and I can heartily recommend the rosemary toad in the hole. The Gorge Bar and Lounge provides a more informal option with cracking views out towards the gorge.
The resort’s Spa and Health Club boasts seven treatment rooms and a 24-hour gym, plus a good-sized swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
Best Deal A two-night DB&B break in May, June, July or September 2019 with 36 holes of golf costs £155pp, based on two sharing. W: qhotels.co.uk
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Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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