Church Brampton, Northamptonshire NN6 8AZ
21 holes. Tree-lined heathland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Original design by English architect Harry Colt (1909), with later alterations by Scotsman James Braid (1947). Cameron Sinclair designed three aditional holes (2005).
Above distances are for the championship course. Also at Northamptonshire County is the nine-hole Loop course (par-35, 3241 yds from back tees, comprises first six holes of regular course and then holes 7a, 8a and 9a), and the six-hole Colt course (par-18, 507 yds).
Next door to Northamptonshire County GC is the Brampton Heath Golf Centre (18-hole course and nine-hole par-3 Short course).
4.5 mi NW of Northampton / 23 mi NW of Milton Keynes.
Northamptonshire County Golf Club is home to a pleasantly testing and traditional heathland course. Gently undulating woodland, replete with gorse, heather, silver birch and mature pines all play their part in providing a natural backdrop to your round here.
Laid out alongside the village of Church Brampton in a tranquil setting of woodland and open fields, this predominantly tree-lined layout contains many attractive features and several excellent holes to enjoy. There's plenty of space between the good-width fairways, which never intrude on each other.
There's a ditch to cross at the par-4 9th, but little else in the way of water hazards to trouble you. Small, well-built and contoured greens, challenging approaches and natural scenery blend together to create plenty of charm and challenge during your round. Usually excellent upkeep also contributes to the appeal of Harry Colt's out-and-back design. As on many traditional courses, the green-to-next-tee walks are short, although you'll twice cross the Northampton loop of the West Coast railway line, to play the opening five holes of the back-nine.
Pick of the holes: although lacking what might be described as flamboyant "signature" holes, arguably the best section of this very solid design is found from the par-4 10th through to the par-4 14th, on "the other side of the tracks". The elevated-tee to elevated-green par-4 13th is perhaps the highlight of this absrobing stretch.
Additional holes: in recent years three additional holes (7a, 8a and 9a) were added to the original 18-hole layout, facilitating a return to the homely single-storey clubhouse if nine or 27 holes are played.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2022].
Players generally walk this course.
In recent years the club has hosted many national amateur golf events including the English Schools National Championships (1997), English Golf Union Carris Trophy (1994) and the British Girls Open Tournament (1992). For 6 years from 1997 until 2002, and again in 2018, the course staged regional qualifying for the Open Championship.
Just 2.5 mi from the golf course is the Althorp estate and listed stately home. For over 500 years it has been the family seat of aristocratic Spencer family. It is where Lady Diana Spencer (later Princess Diana) grew up, and is her final resting place. The golf club's crest combines the red rose of Northamptonshire, with three escallop shells as seen on the Spencer coat of arms (plus a fourth shell for balance). The Spencer family own the land on which the golf course resides.
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