Nestling in the heart of Warwickshire on the banks of the River Avon, the parkland course is set within some of the most picturesque countryside.
The Championship standard 18 hole course is 6,500 yards long with a par of 72. Each hole is unique in its design and character, offering the player a choice of safety or attack.
The excellent condition of the parkland course provides a test of golf for both beginners and high/low handicappers.
The club offers exceptional value across a range of membership packages and green fee options.
Par 5. White 526, Yellow 516, Red 452 Yards. Stroke Index 7.
Far and away the toughest of Brandon’s 4 par 5s - a long dog leg to the right - requiring at least 3 shots to the green for all but the biggest of hitters. If not trying to reach in two shots, the ideal drive is left of center, which will allow the second shot to be angled away from the out of bounds and into the center of the fairway.
Those players attempting to get on the green with their second shot will need to aim straighter with the tee shot - to avoid being blocked out by the left hand corner of the dog leg - but beware, if the drive isn’t long enough, it will kick off into the trees on the right! A tough start!
Par 3. White 153, Yellow 143, Red 128 Yards. Stroke Index 17.
On the edge of the River Avon this hole requires a brave heart as anything more than the slightest of pull shots (for a right hander) is likely to finish in the water. However, a bunker lies in wait on the right - so only straight will do.
Par 4. White 389, Yellow 379, Red 300 Yards. Stroke Index 3.
The main feature of this hole which dog legs to the left is a brook which runs across the fairway at a distance that will give the higher handicappers some concern and will make lower handicappers think twice about playing an iron for safety.
The ideal tee shot should be aimed at the lone ash tree which is in the fairway directly opposite the corner of the dog leg - distance is critical though with anything short leaving a shot over the River Avon and anything long needing to be very accurate to avoid running out of fairway.
Par 4. White 337, Yellow 327, Red 309 Yards. Stroke Index 13.
This hole does offer some respite after such a tough start - easily reachable for most with a drive and short iron but .... the River Avon runs its complete length on the left and trees lie in wait on the right - including a very large oak guarding the front of the green. Tee shots left of center give the best line of approach although many prefer to give the river a wide berth and try to maneuver their second shot under the oak.
Par 5. White 471, Yellow 461, Red 423 Yards. Stroke Index 11.
This hole dog legs to the left - round the bend in the River Avon - giving longer hitters the opportunity to cut the corner and reach easily in two. However, anything played a little too far to the left is likely to finish in the river and perhaps a better approach is to play for just short of the corner leaving a longer shot but still in range - although the second shot is quite tight if you lay-up.
Par 3. White 147, Yellow 137, Red 126 Yards. Stroke Index 15.
This is Brandon’s version of the famous ‘Postage Stamp” at Troon - comprising of a small raised green, River Avon just to the left and bunker to the right. Club selection needs to be correct as there are trees at the back of the green and the shot needs to be straight as anything a little off will bounce away.
Par 4. White 354, Yellow 344, Red 328 Yards. Stroke Index 9.
Precision is definitely needed - both to negotiate an opening between two stands of trees at around 180 yards off the tee and to position yourself with a view to the green - anything left of center leaves some very tall poplar trees in your line. The good news is that the hole is not so long that it can’t be played with some safety in mind.
Par 4. White 409, Yellow 399, Red 345 Yards. Stroke Index 5.
This is another dog leg - this time to the right with a variety of trees, including oaks, silver birch and poplars, making an attempt to cut the corner very interesting - especially as many are out of sight from the tee. However, if you don’t cut the corner a little it is possible to run out of fairway and you may need to club down if playing safe.
Par 4. White 437, Yellow 431, Red 368 Yards. Stroke Index 1.
This hole is too long to reach for most without taking a bit off the corner of what is a dog leg to the right. Two mature oaks are a good aiming point although confident players may want to cut across even more. Watch out, though, it is out of bounds all the way down on the right and a drive that is too long will finish in the trees dividing the ninth hole from the tenth.
Par 4. White 419, Yellow 409, Red 373 Yards. Stroke Index 6.
This hole makes a left turn at around 260 yards from the tee and the course then starts to make its way back to the clubhouse. A minimum distance of 260 yards on your tee shot is a must if you don’t want to play over trees for your second shot.
Cutting the corner is out of the question for all but the longest hitters or without wind assistance. By the way, the River Avon borders the whole length of this testing par 4 on the right.
Par 3. White 143, Yellow 129, Red 111 Yards. Stroke Index 18.
Surrounded by trees, in which lie the remains of a silk mill, this hole can make you feel a little claustrophobic- added to by a greenside bunker left and lateral water hazard right. Luckily at 144 yards only a short iron is needed.
Par 5. White 482, Yellow 472, Red 389 Yards. Stroke Index 12.
If the single fairway bunker can be avoided this is a great birdie opportunity - although overconfidence is to be avoided because there is out of bounds the length of the hole on the left and trees to the right. Two deep greenside bunkers on the right wait to gather any ‘leaking’ approach.
Par 5. White 519, Yellow 509, Red 422 Yards. Stroke Index 2.
The second of back to back par 5s, this is the second longest on the course and offers a fine view of The Brandon Wood in the distance beyond the green. Three fairway bunkers and a two tier green combine with this hole’s length to make it a test for all players.
Par 3. White 189, Yellow 179, Red 164 Yards. Stroke Index 16.
A deep pit - the remains of an old marl quarry - lies just in front of the tee and although there is some shorter grass at the very bottom, the sides are composed of thick rough. To make matters even more interesting there are several large trees planted around the rim creating only a narrow gap to play one’s tee shot through.
The green is situated in the open with just one bunker to the left - but because of its exposed position any wind affects the clubbing here more than on most of the other holes - sometimes a driver can be needed and sometimes a short iron.
Par 4. White 334, Yellow 324, Red 304 Yards. Stroke Index 10.
Bordering the Brandon Marsh, a nature conservation area, this is a fairly unusual dog leg, unusual because the corner is only a short pitch from the green, offers a birdie chance. The green is drivable over the trees on the right hand side but failure to make the carry often results in a lost ball. Playing safe involves missing a fairway bunker on the left hand side of the fairway and, if wanting to approach the green without going over trees, a drive of about 250 yards is needed.
Par 4. White 374, Yellow 364, Red 287 Yards. Stroke Index 14.
The last really good chance to make a birdie - with a wide fairway, drive and short iron distance - unless the wind is against. Three fairway bunkers and one greenside along with trees on the right give the hole some teeth but relative to the two closing par 4s this hole is not too fierce.
Par 4. White 409, Yellow 399, Red 339 Yards. Stroke Index 4.
A hole that often plays longer than its yardage - over the dip in the fairway (at around 250 yards) is where you want to be after your tee shot. However, beware not getting right across because you can be left with a shot off a severe downslope.
A gentle right to left shape on the tee shot is ideal as the hole swings left but trees await a hook. The trouble doesn’t disappear after a good drive as the green is well guarded with bunkers on both sides and the fairway tends to throw the ball right - and if the greenside bunker doesn’t catch it then will.
Par 4. White 407, Yellow 397, Red 379 Yards. Stroke Index 8.
Just the last to go - but what a challenge it is! Once again, like the 17th, playing longer than its yardage. It must not be taken too lightly with out of bounds left, trees right, a dog leg at a good driving distance and two greenside bunkers make this a potential card wrecker. The tee shot needs to be kept to the left for a sight of the green unless the player is long enough to take on the corner. The second shot, if not hitting the green, will run to the right and there is an out of bounds only 30 feet or so away. A good finish!