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Post by McLaren Thu 20 Dec 2012, 10:26 am

Pretty self explanatory. List all the heathland courses you can think of.

Lets see if we can reach 100. I reckon this will be an interesting exercise.
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Post by SmithersJones Thu 20 Dec 2012, 10:34 am

Woodbrige, Purdis Heath, Risebridge are 3 around Ipswich.
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Post by barragan Thu 20 Dec 2012, 10:43 am

alyth, strathpeffer, mortonhall

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Post by super_realist Thu 20 Dec 2012, 10:50 am

In my neck of the woods off the top of my head.

Gleneagles,
Scotscraig,
Ladybank
Blairgowrie,
Alyth
Forfar
Kirriemuir
Boat of Garten
The Dukes
Kingussie,
Newtonmore.
Edzell,
Murrayshall.

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Post by navyblueshorts Thu 20 Dec 2012, 11:03 am

Off the top of my head:

Woodhall Spa
Hollinwell
Sherwood Forest
Coxmoor
Frilford Heath
Woburn?
Sunningdale
Luffenham Heath
Beau Desert
Lindrick
Worksop
Wentworth
Longcliffe
Ganton
Walton Heath
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Post by navyblueshorts Thu 20 Dec 2012, 11:05 am

Forgot Hindhead - definitely on my list of 'must play at some time'.
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Post by puligny Thu 20 Dec 2012, 1:48 pm

Worplesdon, West Hill, Woking, west Surrey, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Stoneham, Burhill x2, Salisbury and Wilts, high Post, Allwoodley, west Berks, Swinley Forest, Isle of Purbeck, Blairgowrie x 3, Delamere Forest, Liphook, Ferndown, Shanklin and Sandown, North Hants, St George's Hill and on and on and on!
I do think very often Heathland is combined with elements of Downland and even Links?

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Post by kwinigolfer Thu 20 Dec 2012, 3:13 pm

Berkshire Blue and Red?

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Post by Shotrock Thu 20 Dec 2012, 6:02 pm

Not long ago, played New Zealand and Woking; don't see either mentioned.

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Post by Hibbz Thu 20 Dec 2012, 6:43 pm

What's the difference between Heathland and Parkland? I only ask because I see Puligny has listed both Burhill courses but I think they are Parkland rather than Heathland.

How about West Byfleet? It's just across the road from New Zealand GC so presumably the land is the same? Foxhills x 2?

Queenwood is the best Heathland course I've ever played.

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Post by Shotrock Thu 20 Dec 2012, 6:47 pm

Puligny - See you already mentioned Woking; my bad. Finest Heathland I've ever played? I would have to say St. George's Hill, with Swinley Forest a close second.

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Post by puligny Thu 20 Dec 2012, 8:21 pm

Shotrock - if you like Woking must try West Hill and especially Worplesdon. They are very close to each other but I rate Worplesdon higher because I have found it to be less pretentious and more friendly.
Hibbz - you have a point as I tried to mention in earlier post, but I have always taken it to be presence of gorse, heather, sandy soil, pines etc. either way Burhill courses are fantastic

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Post by gaelgowfer Thu 20 Dec 2012, 8:21 pm

Spey Valley (Aviemore) just about qualifies as heathland. Definitely worth a visit. Set in the Cairngorms - views are stunning.

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Post by oldshanker Thu 20 Dec 2012, 8:41 pm

Whittington Barracks as used to be and now Whittington Heath and I think you could add Thetford Golf Club as well. It is in the Breckland Forest, but Breckland derives from Broken land or heathland.
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Post by puligny Thu 20 Dec 2012, 8:47 pm

Broadstone, Parkstone, Camberley Heath, Knighton Heath, Hankley Common

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Post by Shotrock Thu 20 Dec 2012, 9:10 pm

Puligny - Thanks for the suggestion. Get to Surrey about 1x per year, and we are always trying new courses in and around that area. The greens at Woking were pretty amazing; that's what sticks out to me. I've played Swinley a couple of times, both in late Spring and in fine weather. Hardly a soul on the course -- working the pro shop there must be one quiet job. My friend is also a member at Betchworth Park which, while not a heathland, is an awfully fun course to play.

The very first heathland course I played was Walton Heath (about 10 years ago). Starter told me I'd be tempted, but don't try anything stronger than an 8 iron when in the heather. Sage advice.

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Post by puligny Thu 20 Dec 2012, 9:38 pm

Shotrock - heather is a wrist breaker! Woking Worplesdon and West Hill are known locally as the 3 Ws - not surprisingly. They are literally next door neighbours, although Worplesdon does not have the railway line as a border. If you visit regularly do try West Surrey. Not as prestigious as the others but can't for the life of me explain why. Really good course, fabulous traditional clubhouse with great food and well kept beer.
Swinley is great. Once heard Geoff Ogilvy say it was his favourite course (on the planet) which from someone with his knowledge of the history of the game and interest in course architecture is high praise. It has a very exclusive membership hence being quiet. I am told that subs are simply total costs divided by number of members, which if true means you have to ensure you get value in the bar!
Personally regard Walton Heath as less interesting than the others mentioned. Have played both courses and also an event using the Ryder Cup Course (Composite). It does host qualifying for US Open each year which I try to get to. You can walk the fairways with the players as a USGA requirement.

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Post by matelot golfer Fri 21 Dec 2012, 12:58 am

navyblueshorts wrote:Forgot Hindhead - definitely on my list of 'must play at some time'.

NBS, this is the best heathland I've ever played. Holes 3 to 9 are just outstanding. Rate Ladybank up near TOC very highly also.

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Post by JAS Fri 21 Dec 2012, 4:39 am

From what I've played...Sunningdale old and new, Swinley, Woodhall Spa Hotchkin, Broadstone, Frilford Red, blue & green.
From what I'd like to play...Berkshire Red & blue, St George's hill, Walton Heath Hankley common, worplesdon, liphook, Queenwood, Spey Valley, Blairgowrie, Gleneagles Kings & Queens


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Post by McLaren Fri 21 Dec 2012, 5:13 am

I think Hibbz raises a very good question when he asks what actually qualifies as a heathland course. For example I am not sure that the courses of Gleneagles would count as heathland as there is a lack of sand in the soils of the perthshire hillside they sit on.

When I think of heathland the course of the Surrey sand belt are the most obvious examples. But have I attached too much importance to the sandy nature of the soil and does general vegetation and landscape also play an import role in defining heathland?
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Post by puligny Fri 21 Dec 2012, 8:13 am

Mac - heathland typified by heather, gorse, ferns and pine often on sandy soil. Some in Surrey have bands of 'Bagshot sand' which is very water retentive, not dissimilar from clay and doesn't drain so well. One of my favourites, Worplesdon is an example. Heathland also often runs into other areas so you can have a mix of heathland and parkland, Downland, and links. They're all good as long as there are sticks you can shoot at!!

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Post by matelot golfer Fri 21 Dec 2012, 8:13 am

Wasn't there someone on here who played Queenwood through the medium of 'Google Earth' and regailed us with his tail over his level par round!!!

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Post by Hibbz Fri 21 Dec 2012, 3:54 pm

I would like to point out I have of course never played Queenwood nor am I ever likely to.

I had a witty response ready involving saying I'd forgotten to put the n before ever but seeing as no one actually questioned me it was all wasted.

On the other hand I have played Hounslow Heath which is nearly the same.......

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Post by George1507 Sat 22 Dec 2012, 4:57 pm

A lot of courses play like parkland courses in the winter and heathland courses in the summer.


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Post by thedamned3putt Sun 23 Dec 2012, 1:29 pm

Tadmarton Heath, N Oxon.

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Post by thedamned3putt Sun 23 Dec 2012, 1:31 pm

Northants County (Chapel Brampton) and Brampton Heath, next door. Although I'd say Brampton Heath is more parkland. Well, more converted fields.

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Post by thedamned3putt Sun 23 Dec 2012, 1:47 pm

oh, helensburgh.

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