Situated on the outskirts of Solihull with extremely easy access from the M42, Copt Heath Golf Club (1907) offers a wonderful contrast of old and new. A mature and scenic golf course, designed by H.S.Colt and characterised by its many cavernous sand traps, coupled with modern and beautifully furnished off-course facilities.
Copt Heath plays host each April to the prestigious McEvoy Trophy, one of GB & Ireland’s premier junior amateur events that the likes of Justin Rose and Lee Westwood have won in the past.
A stamp of quality and you are treading on famous footsteps with a round here. Colt’s design has stood the test of time effortlessly and Copt Heath remains as a true example of the adage that there are far more factors than large yardage to make a golf course a proper test.
That said, it does get off to a pretty lengthy beginning as the first two holes both tip over the 400-yard mark, and the third, at 186 yards is the longest par three. Survive the opening spell and you can set up a decent round.
Soon it becomes the deep fairway and greenside sand traps, so expertly positioned, that Colt is famous for that become the major influence. To be in the mix for your society event takes a good deal of strategy with your course management mind in complete control. The bunkering is always in your thoughts and full in view too, very few drives or approach shots, if any, don’t run the gauntlet of a sandy fate.
Expert work and commitment by the club and the greenkeeping team has maintained the putting surfaces as some of the absolute best around, all year round. Fair to say that you’re in for a good examination too, a little failed by Paul and myself when we took them on.
A couple of steady and careful rounds didn’t quite get the gloss they probably deserved, as the putts just wouldn’t drop. Wonderful surfaces so it wasn’t the roll, it was the subtleties that got us, hidden twists and turns that have foxed many better golfers than us over the years kept our birdie count to a minimum.
MG Pick – 13th hole – 149 yards Par 3
Only the green will do here as anything short will find the water on the valley bed and anything just a little offline will result in a sandy fate or a difficult up and down challenge across a slippery surface. A beautiful looking hole.
Off course – Clubhouse facilities of the highest order, decorated throughout with modern furnishing and lighting. A variety of private rooms, relaxing bars, including spike bar and a delightful first floor patio area overlooking the 18th hole make this one of the roomiest clubhouses and finest around. Extensive variety of catering options too.
For societies and captain’s away days
A warm welcome is guaranteed for society golfers at Copt Heath, head professional Ed Hornsby and assistant Neil Sykes are on hand to organise your day, golf day prizes can be arranged through them too. Tee times throughout the week are available for group bookings, with tailored packages and negotiable green fees on offer.
For meetings –
Copt Heath has a range of rooms available for business meetings and conferences of all shapes and sizes. Catering is available from simple refreshments to soup and sandwiches all the way up to a full service lunch or dinner. Up to 200 people can be accommodated.
1220 Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 9LN
Phone: 01564 731620 | https://coptheathgolf.co.uk