Golf Course Review – Bryanston Country Club – October 2016
Bryanston and BMT…
I have played many a round at Bryanston Country Club over the years and it never fails to surprise me. What seems an attractive and decent parkland style layout, has fangs which can come out and bite you at any time. This is where the BMT (Big Match Temperament) comes in. It is a course where you have to hold it all together. I unfortunately, have yet to achieve this despite many years of trying. Ok, the game of golf itself probably has something to do with it, as I am a million miles away from working out how to play well.
So we arrived to play a medal competition. I got far too analytical about it all. I was going to play conservatively and plot my way around the course. Added to the overall build up and pressure of my own expectations, my BMT folded on the very first hole. I can normally break 90, but this day my golf absolutely deserted me. I trudged around the course on a boiling day and took 109 painstakingly agonising shots to get back to the clubhouse.
My failings are not a reflection on the Golf Club. I have long had issues with the greens which are the most difficult and uncompromising I have ever come across. Not that they are in bad condition, it’s just that the designer must’ve found his son’s stash of LSD before he penned these slopes. They are radical and I find them unerring every time. The rest of the course was an absolute picture. Having had some rain in the weeks prior, the course was looking fantastic. I only wish I could have taken advantage of that.
Having reached the clubhouse, I headed for the newly refurbished cloakrooms for a shower and to hydrate myself. The cloakrooms are great and a good improvement over the previous rendition. The hallway house, pro-shop, terrace and bar have all been upgraded recently and are wonderful facilities. They also have a driving range, chipping green and 2 putting greens to warm up. They have all the golfing facilities one would need and I know many people who are happy to be members of Bryanston Country Club.
Make a trip to play at Bryanston CC. They are more welcoming to visitors these days and you have got to see these greens for yourself.
My favourite hole – Number 9 – par 3 – Short shot into a picturesque green across the river.
My scariest hole – Number 16 – par 4 – Narrow tee shot means most will hit a shorter club to avoid the water on the left. This leaves you with a fairly long iron into an elevated and heavily sloping green.
Overall Experience rating by the Everyday Golfer: 9 out of 10.