Porters Park Golf Club

The Golf Course

Porters Park is a classic parkland course that is picturesque, inspiring, challenging, and usually playable throughout the year. With its base of loam clay, sand and gravel, the course has a natural and remarkable ability to recover quickly from even the heaviest rain. As a result, we don't use temporary greens and tees and our course rarely closes. We are often open for play when courses in the surrounding areas are closed.

In its early days, the design of the course was influenced by a number of architects including John Henry 'JH' Taylor, one of the pioneers of the modern game. Between 1946 and 1969, several improvements were made to the course under the supervision of Charles Kenneth Cotton. In 1945, he was the club's secretary before going on to become one of the UK's most distinguished post-war golf architects.

The recent past has seen the club invest heavily in course improvements and course management machinery, to meet the needs of today's golfers and the latest golf technology. This work has included installing a new irrigation system, redesigning and relaying greens and tees, lengthening the course with “Blue” tees, constructing "on course" shelters and undertaking and extensive tree planting programme.

Neil Coles, our current course architect, has supervised the creation of 30 new bunkers (plus the removal of 18 old bunkers) and the rebuilding of two of our greens. Neil is a former European Tour and Ryder Cup golfer.
 
The magnificent course is kept in first class condition by a dedicated team of green keepers, under the guidance and leadership of Martin Smith, the Course Manager. Martin describes the course as “A true test of golf in a magnificent setting. It is a pleasure to have the responsibility for maintaining and developing such a wonderful golf course. My team and I have very high standards and we ensure that every aspect of the course is kept in the very best condition.”

Today's course is a true test of golf, where thoughtfulness, accuracy and careful course management is essential. 





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