The Redditch based family owned venue has come a long way since opening its doors in the late 1970s. The ideal society and play and stay venue for golfers, complete with modern and luxurious hotel facilities to enjoy.
The parkland golf course plots a path around the hotel and the neighbouring housing estate with a peaceful countryside and woodland backdrop. Typically for a resort course, water features appear with great regularity. Two loops, one of eight holes and the closing ten both conclude at the clubhouse.
The very first hole offers out of bounds to the left, the tricky short par four runs alongside the excellent two-tiered driving range, then turns a tight corner to the right to a secluded little green guarded by tall trees.
The testing start continues with a superbly challenging short second that threatens with deep traps, water to the right and a steep faced putting surface, take a club more than you think is the pro’s advice here.
Then the long game gets a good examination as you head out into open countryside, but every now and then a hole like the lakeside short sixth comes around, a big difference here in difficulty between the medal tees and the yellows.
The final par three comes at the signature 10th so you can be assured of a lengthy finishing stretch, a series of exciting holes for your driver that reach a peak from the elevated 17th tee, demanding a good carry to negotiate the lake.
If you’re in the later groupings for your society day prepare for a pressure finish (above), your concluding challenge sits underneath the clubhouse balcony, but like all of The Abbey’s greens it plays true and consistently and will reward a good putting stroke.
MG Pick: 10th 162 yards Par 3
A lovely looking short hole over the water to the sloping putting surface, with another lake threatening to give you a nasty surprise if you stray a little too far to the left. Often plays into the wind, once again it’s a smart play to club up a little.
Pro facilities : Head Pro Rob Davies runs the shop at The Abbey and you can be assured of top class practice and teaching facilities. The 28 bay two-tiered range is floodlit with heated bays and also houses an indoor custom fit ready studio complete with Trackman.
For Societies : Winter deals are still available to book
Winter Special 1 – Sausage or bacon bap with Tea/Coffee and 18 Holes Weekdays £20.00pp | Weekends £25.00pp
Winter Special 2 – Coffee on arrival, 18 holes and Winter Warmer (Sausage, mash, peas, onion gravy)
Full English breakfast with tea/coffee followed by 18 holes – £25.50 per person | Weekends £28.00 per person
To book – Call 01527 406600 or check out the website – www.theabbeyhotel.co.uk
Play and Stay : 100 contemporary en-suite rooms, fine dining in Bramblings Restaurant, snacks and pub classics in Tawnys Bar & Terrace which overlooks the 18th hole. Full leisure facilities include gym and swimming pool plus the 4* Abbey Hotel Spa, offering a wide range of treatments.
The Abbey Hotel has a sister venue of equal standing, Lea Marston Hotel & Golf, situated on the outskirts of Sutton Coldfield. Find out more about them here – https://midlandsgolfer.co.uk/lea-marston/