“Tadmarton is for connoisseurs of the traditional game. Not a long course, it is, however, high on quality. Excellent draining gives perfect turf even in mid winter. The greens are a joy. . .” So said Mark Rowlinson, in A Golfer’s Guide, England & Wales.
We are extremely lucky at Tadmarton since the character of the course changes with the seasons and one can never tire of the different challenges it presents. The unwatered fairways are hard and running in the summer, making accuracy and distance-control the priority. The unpredictable bounces and abundance of gorse test the golfers’ course management to the limits. The small greens can be very difficult to find and hold, always rewarding the successful player however, with a genuine birdie opportunity.
Situated on top of a hill at 650 feet, wind is invariably a factor when playing here and the prevailing westerlies can make the many long par fours difficult to reach in winter. An Iron Age fort on top of the hill comes into play on several holes providing two blind tee shots.
Thanks to the free draining nature of the sandy soil and meticulous grooming with the fleet of TORO machines the course is always presented at its best. The club’s investment in top quality maintenance equipment through a leasing plan ensures that the best and most modern equipment is available when required.
Carl Mason, the all-time leading money winner on the European Seniors Tour, with 25 wins and two European Tour titles to his name, has been a member of Tadmarton Heath for many years. He knows the benefits of playing year round on a testing course: “Playing as a member on Tadmarton Heath’s excellent all year round golf course has given me the inspiration I needed to compete successfully on the European Seniors Tour,” he said.
The renowned golf course architect Donald Steel has reviewed the course and his comments can be found here.
The club recognises that the course is our primary asset and therefore its upkeep and maintenance is our absolute priority. A leasing arrangement with TORO, a global leader in turf and landscape maintenance, means that the latest green keeping machinery is always available.
Whether it is aeration, scarification, leaf blowing, mowing or rolling, state-of-the-art TORO equipment ensures that we always get the best possible results. And we are in good company. TORO is the exclusive supplier to the St Andrews Links Trust and Gleneagles.
Bunkers are the top priority on the course improvement list as they have been a source of much feedback from members in the past. Whilst they are meant to be hazards and therefore should not be an easy escape, the variability in consistency and depth of sand has been a problem. Being a heathland course and not a manicured parkland environment there will inevitably be a more variable and unkempt nature to our hazards. However the greens committee recognises the need to ensure more consistency than has been the case in the past.
The Club is over half way through a five year bunker refurbishment plan under the direction of Ken Moodie and the results have been very well received indeed.
The course set-up for competitions reflects the same fairway to rough structure as used on major tours, with a semi rough cut of 30-35mm and an intermediate rough height of 50-60mm. The remaining rough is left uncut as is traditional with heathland and links courses.