Advantages Great Location, Good Holes
Disadvantages Not The Best Clubhouse
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I have been playing golf for about ten years now. I’m not exactly a pro and don’t get out as often as I’d like to. But about once a month throughout the summer months I get a game in with friends. I’m not a member at any fancy club, I just go and play at a municipal course nearby. Towneley Hall Golf Club is located in Burnley. It’s one of the nearest courses to me and the one I have played most rounds of golf at over the years. So I thought as I have a good knowledge of this course I should give it a review.
The course is a par 70 and is a total of 5834 yards. If you know anything about golf you will know this is quite a short course in relation to some, but the course still poses a test for even the finest golfers due to the locations of the greens and the many tricky shots you will have to play. The golf course is set in mature woodland and has some wonderful views over to the Yorkshire moors. Recently new drainage systems have been put in place which have really improved the course.As I mentioned this is a municipal golf course. This means you can just turn up and play. You don’t have to pay expensive membership fees or worry about green fees. It costs £14 for an adult to play during the week or £16 at weekends and on bank holidays. Juniors do get a discount and you can also buy passes that enable you to play as many times as you would like in a week.
The clubhouse is not one of the best I have ever seen, having said that for a municipal course it serves a purpose. There is a nice little bar area where you can enjoy a beer after your round, or before if your feeling confident! The walls have all pictures of the course and there are lots of trophies on display to inspire you while in the bar area.The little club shop is where you go to pay your fees and pick up your score cards. This is only quite a small shop, but they do sell quite a lot of golf clubs, balls and other things you might want to purchase for your round. You can also purchase snacks and drinks to take on your round. The staff are always quite friendly in here and are usually quite happy to chat to you about conditions on the course.
The parking for the golf course is excellent. Quite a large car park which serves the park area as well as just the golf course. The car park is pay and display, however if you are playing golf, they stamp a ticket for you so you don’t have to pay for the parking. The car park is located at the top of the hill and from here you can see the entire course sprawled out before you.
The first shot in any round is always the hardest. This tee shot is even more tricky as there is often a queue of people watching you. Everyone in the car park can see you tee off so you really are under pressure. You can’t see the green from your tee shot as this is a dogleg hole. So you need a nice straight drive of around 200yds past the trees on your left. If you get this right you will then have around 150 to the green. A nasty bunker to the left of the green needs to be avoided here. When your safely on the green there are no major problems. The green is pretty flat and does not really cause any problems. After your pressure tee shot the hole is not that difficult really.
This is quite an intimidating tee shot. There is a thin strip of dry land to the left, but the fairway is dominated by a large pond, or small lake. If you can hit your ball 200yards then this takes the lake out of the equation. However, any slice or miss hit and you will have to find your wellies! If you clear the lake the second shot is not too difficult. There are two small bunkers left and right, but you have quite a large gap to fire your shot through. Once on the green it tends to be quite a slow one. The trees around sometimes drop leaves on to the putting surface so it’s a good idea to make sure these are not going to be in the way of your putt.
This is a long hole and the second most difficult on the course. You tee off down by a little road that often gets quite busy. You really don’t want to be hooking one here as you may end up smashing a windscreen! I once watched an old man bounce his ball off the bonnet of a little Micra, it was hilarious, although the driver didn’t seem to impressed! You need a long drive on this hole to be able to reach the green in two. There are trees to the left that catch a lot of people out as they over compensate because of avoiding the road. Your second shot is also tricky, unless you’re a really long hitter you will have a long iron shot. The green is quite wide and there are no bunkers, however the ball often slides off the back of the green into the woods. So it’s better to be to short than to long on this one. The green is a nice easy one, flat as a pancake!
A huge fairway greets you here. After about 150yds there are quite a few bumps which can either slow your ball down or speed it up depending upon how you land on them. Aim left with your shot here as there are some little trees down the right that can be very troublesome if you slice your shot. Your second shot is usually a long iron, this is an easy green to miss. It’s not a big putting surface and it’s surrounded by little banks that make the ball bounce strangely. Once on the putting surface, you should have no major problems.
The first of the two par fives here. You’re shooting up the hill back towards the club house. Your tee shot takes you to the brow of the first hill, if you hit it straight you have a nice view of the green. Unless you’re a monster driver, you won’t be able to reach the green in two. The uphill slope slows your ball down and makes getting any real distance tricky. Lay up your second shot and hopefully you will have a wedge into the green. The green is on top of the hill and you can’t usually see the putting surface till your right up there. There is a large bank to the back of the green and a steep slope up to the front. You really don’t want to be off the back of this one as it will leave you a really difficult chip. The green itself is nice and flat and if your on here in three you might have a birdie chance!
You follow the hardest hole on the course with the easiest one. You tee of downhill again and fire your shot across another fairway that runs across this one. Make sure no one is walking out of the trees and across your line. If you’re a big hitter you may be able to make the green in one here as it’s a long way downhill. If you’re a mere mortal though you should just have a nice wedge for your second. Two bunkers guard the front of the green so your best option is to fly the ball over them and land it soft. The green is raised up slightly so if you shoot wide or long your ball will run away and leave you a tricky chip. The putting surface is pretty simple and gives no real problems.
This is a well known toilet stop for many golfers. Dense woodland to the left of the tee gives you a nice bit of privacy, ahem. Anyway, you tee of downhill. After 220yds there is a dangerous stream that lies at the bottom of the hill. Don’t try and clear this as you may well end up in it! Just lay up in front and they you should have a nice easy second. The green looks very inviting as it’s surrounded by steep banks. However, if you miss the green and end up on the wrong side of these banks you will have a nasty chip. The green itself has a slight slope on it that you need to take note of when putting.
An impressive tee off area here. You climb up some steps and go into some thick woods. Then you mount the tee and fire your shot out between the trees. The fairway is quite narrow on this one and any hooks or slices will be punished. This is a short par 4 and if you are a long hitter you may be able to get your tee shot up near the green. If not, your second shot will be up the hill onto a tricky green. The putting surface slopes away to the left and makes for some good judgement. It’s easy to miss even short putts on this one.
Another par three that challenges you. From the tee you can’t see the green, but you can see where it is. The green has three small bunkers along the front of it, these are also hidden from view as you tee off. The hole is downhill but you need a long shot to make the green. The edges of the green slope away in all directions so even if you do land on the green you may roll off and into trouble. The green itself has a few little undulations depending on where you are putting.
So there you have it, if you ever get the opportunity to play this course I am sure you will find these hole write ups helpful. It will also give you an idea of what to expect from the course and what kind of challenges it poses.
I am always impressed with the way the course is kept in excellent condition. Even when the weather is bad, the staff are out there keeping things running. The greens are always in excellent condition and they regularly change the positions of the holes. The fairways are always cut just about right and the bunkers are always in good condition. The rough is quite short compared to some courses I’ve played on which means you are not punished to harshly if you do hit a bad shot. I also like the way the course is always moving forward. Over the past ten years I’ve seen quite a few new features added and a few old ones removed. This means there is often a new challenge and it keeps you on your toes when your playing.If you are ever in the Burnley area and do fancy a game of golf , I highly recommend Towneley Hall Golf Club. If you’re looking for the course, just come off the M65 at the Burnley junction and follow the signs for Towneley Hall. When you get to the park, don’t go in this entrance, head further up the hill and bear left. Then you will see a sign for the golf course. I have spent many a happy afternoon playing here and will no doubt spend many more here in the future. Thanks for reading my review and happy golfing!
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