A change is as good as a rest – now they’ve come up with something completely different to restore 18 holes. The old first has been split in two with a new short four, followed by a very cute par three, both with water hazards too. Instead of brute force, it’s a tale of great accuracy now, the greens are well banked up with free formed bunkers in place and woe betide anyone who falls a little short on length at the second. Chances are you’ll slip back down the bank into a watery grave.
Ullesthorpe Court is an ideal spot to focus on your game and lose yourselves among the tree lined and lush fairways of rural Leicestershire. Typically for a resort course there are generously wide fairways to go at and a distinct lack of thick rough, although out of bounds is a constant threat for anything too wayward. The main examination of your game here comes at the sharp end, the large and speedy greens are heavily contoured and offer a wide range of pin positions. A seriously fine test of your putting skills, there’s the inevitability of some nervy downhill sliders on some of the best surfaces in the East Midlands.
The signature hole for now at least remains the ninth; the embankment of the disused Rugby to Leicester railway line is put to good use on this lengthy par three. It now acts as a raised tee and a pretty exposed one too, looking down over a range of hazards, including a pond to avoid in finding the sanctity of the green.