Summer Meeting – Copt Heath Golf Club – 25th June 2020
This meeting was initially arranged in 1995 -96 to coincide with the Institute Annual Conference and was held at the Forest of Arden Course, just days after that course had staged the Murphys English Open. In 1997 the Forest of Arden was chosen as the venue for the British Masters staged in the Autumn so, in July, we found the course “under construction”. Also the link with the Institute Annual Conference was becoming complicated so it was decided to move the Summer Meeting to the more welcoming Frilford Heath (1998-2003) and Huntercombe (2004-2009) Golf Clubs. After 2 years at The RAC Club in Epsom we are once again travelling to the Midlands to play the famous Copt Heath Golf Club where Martin Elliot and Peter McEvoy are among their alumni. The Golf Club is rated as one of the best in the area, is easily accessible from the M42 and has become a firm favourite for our Golf Society.
Copt Heath represents an enjoyable and challenging test for golfers of every level, requiring strategic thinking as well as some power and finesse. The course maintains an enviable reputation for play on full greens throughout the year. A natural sandy sub-soil, good drainage and a full course irrigation system helps ensure the course is at its best whatever the weather. Many of the original features of the Harry Colt design, most notably his renowned deep bunkers and subtle greens, are still evident today. The opening is tough with the first six holes requiring either length or accuracy to ensure a solid start to your round. From the 7th tee onwards the course opens up a little and players have the opportunity to build a good score as thecourse becomes a little friendlier. “Copt Heath is the home of to die for greens” said ‘Todays Golfer’ Magazine in November 2013. We are understandably proud of our greens which play consistently well, with subtle breaks catching out any lapses in putting concentration. With extended run-off areas surrounding the greens your short game will certainly need to be sharp to score well.