BARLASTON

Situated just south of Stoke on Trent in North Staffordshire about a one hour drive from Birmingham and Manchester, an attractive riverside location designed by Peter Alliss in 1977. The course is described as a “hidden gem”. At 5831 yards it is not the longest of courses. It does, however, demand good course management due to the challenging layout.

The River Trent provides an attractive border from holes three to five, an area which has seen significant improvements to the drainage in recent times to guarantee quality all-weather playability.

‘Old Swampy’ is a formidable seventh, a long par four with it’s 90 degree dog leg, undulations and a tiny looking punchbowl green protected by a pond. The ninth (pictured) shows Barlaston off at it’s very finest, a superb tee shot view over the lake on this tempting short par five.

The adage here is not to be fooled by the modest yardage on the card, to play to your handicap at Barlaston will require some good course management skills. Enjoy too a wide variety of wildlife and the many different tree species guarantee a beautiful and varied look for each passing season.

Off course facilities include a full range of good quality and reasonably priced meals and snacks in the club’s large clubhouse lounge. Societies are frequently attracted to the charms of Barlaston by competitive pricing and a tailor made approach to group days. Weekend society bookings are now also available by prior arrangement