Fulford Heath, England
 
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Fulford Heath Golf Club
Tanners Green Lane
Wythall
Birmingham
B47 6BH
England
ArchitectJames Braid
Head Professional/Director of GolfSan Johnston
Telephone+44 (0) 1564 822930
Location4 miles SW of Solihull
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsWelcome midweek - contact in advance
Club Secretary/ ManagerJulie Morris
 

According to the book James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses by John F. Moreton and Iain Cumming, Braid, James Braid “designed Fulford Heath Golf Course, just south of Birmingham, on the GWR line to Stratford-upon-Avon. Wythall station was conveniently close, an important factor in those days.”

“Unfortunately, this club has no record of its formation, but one or two older members have vague recollections of Braid visiting the course. It was later remodelled by Fred Hawtree and club professional  Eric Booy, the nines reversed and alterations made… Braid’s hand can be seen in the design of some of the greens and the bunkering.”

Today, the layout measures a shade over 6,000 yards from the back markers, playing to a par of 70. A couple of short par fours are worthy of mention on the front nine: the opening hole (”Captain’s Drive”) and the 4th (“Chestnut Way”) both measure less than 275 yards and are easily capable of yielding a birdie three to set golfers up for the rest of their round.

On the back nine, which starts and ends with the only par fives on the card, the River Cole comes into play at “Cole Crossing,” the 361-yard 12th, as the hole doglegs off the tee to the target. The river runs along the left side of the fairway then switches to right side before cutting across the fairway a second time in front of the sand-protected green.
 
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I guess it's all personal taste but I found this course a bit odd and not worthy of its ranking. We played in an Open comp and I have to say the whites give many holes a completely different perspective, too different compared to the yellows. Of the first 4 holes 3 are ridiculously short par 4's. Now before you start saying "Ah, well, it's all about course management" can I tell you that the 2nd and the 4th are less than 300 yards long yet standing on the tee you have no idea where the greens are! And by contrast the 9th 10th and 14th are ridiculously long holes. On the plus side the club was friendly and welcoming. But overall I'm sorry Fulford Heath is overrated. I've only given a 3-ball rating which might seem harsh, but in my view the course is average. Oh, and one reviewer's comparison with Fulford in York is a bit odd; I played there last week on a golf tour and would go back there anytime, it's a real gem.
17 June 2015 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Fulford Heath is a pleasant golf course - I have to say that it is overrated as there are at least 20 better in the Birmingham area.
15 September 2013 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Bit disappointed after reading the reviews; played May 2012; fairways hadn't been cut (difficult to tell what was fairway and what wasn't), and although I guess this was due to recent rain, obviously a reflection on how wet the course gets; no course guide in pro-shop; course layout seemed a bit jumbled with few standout holes; the aforementioned 16th is good but I thought the best hole was the par 4 12th, an excellant hole. DB
12 May 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Fulford Heath is an excellent course and ranks favourably to Fulford in Yorkshire. You will note that Fulford in York is my favourite and ranks with two other Great courses that I've played, Royal Melbourne in Australia and Cypress Pines in the U.S.A. Take a bow Fulford Heath as I will return for more of the excellent golfing your course has to offer. Cheers Ian
04 October 2008 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Karl22 July 2011
The whole course is outstanding! The greens are like glass and you need to stay on the fairway. Fulford Heath has also hosted some top events (pro & amateur).
am28 July 2011
Certainly an enjoyable course worth playing, but second in Worcestershire? I wouldn't have placed it ahead of Kidderminster, Moseley, Stourbridge or King's Norton.
At just under 6300 yards, this isn’t a long course, but don’t let that deceive you - this is a good test of golf. The key here is scoring well on the early holes where there are birdie opportunities. Start badly and it’s very difficult to get your round back to looking respectable. The stand-out hole has got to be the 16th, a 166 yard par 3 surrounded by trees where the tee shot is hit over a lake to a raised green, which slopes wickedly. In all honesty, the water is more of a visual feature and shouldn’t come into play for anyone other than a novice - take my advice when you get to the green though and just take a second to admire the spectacular view back over the water to the tee before you putt! A friendly welcome is guaranteed and a pleasant afternoon can be spent in the clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green and infamous "Captain’s Bunker".
22 April 2006 See other reviews from this reviewer
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