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Feature review: De Vere Mottram Hall

By: Adam Smith | Mon 12 Oct 2009

Set in the stunning Cheshire countryside is the De Vere Mottram Hall resort.

This 7000 yard championship parkland course is a great golfing test that you will thoroughly enjoy.

The De Vere name stands alone in providing the very best in quality in hotels and resorts and Mottram Hall is no different.

As soon as you enter the resort and drive up the long entrance besides the 18th hole, you are soon hit with the vision of the beautiful hotel which houses the usual spa and fitness amenities, if you are looking to stay at this resort try and request a room that is at the front of the hotel as you will get views of the golf course.
The Golf clubhouse is set away from the hotel itself and has magnificent views over the 1st tee as well as the 9th and 18th greens, so if you are either reminiscing over your round or thinking about what is to come over the next four hours this is the ideal place to do it.

The course, a Dave Thomas design has two very contrasting nine’s to give you a demanding test of your abilities.
The front nine is very open, giving you every chance to post a good outward nine before playing the much more difficult inward nine. Don’t take the front nine for granted though as the rough is deep so you still need to be accurate.

Every hole has its challenges whether it is the fairway narrowing or the undulating greens, you have to concentrate on every hole.

The par 3 third is the only par 3 (four in total) under 190 yards and every par 5 is over 500 yards off the championship tees.

Most of the par 4’s are relatively short, but relax at your peril as danger lurks on most of them.
As you head for your back nine, you really have to be on your game as in my opinion it is one of the best inward nines I have played in terms of it has everything. It is set up in the style of an American course, if you have ever played in the States you will know what I mean. Undulating tree lined fairways means positioning is key for your second shot, large and difficult greens and the precise placing of hazards can add a few more numbers to your scorecard.

The signature 17th hole is one to give nightmares to every club golfer. At 463 yards this dog-leg right par 4 has everything. Your drive has to be in excess of 240 yards to reach the corner of the corner and at only about 50 yards wide you will be lucky to stay on the fairway. After that you have an uphill shot of around 200 yards to a green which is over a small ditch and protected by a huge bank on the left, a deep drop with trees on the right and a few more strategically placed bunkers which you will find more of all over the course. So be accurate, be brave and a par here can be brought for a large fee in the bar afterwards!

Before the 17th though the stretch of holes from 13 to 16 are truly stunning, with the views of the countryside offer something extra and exactly what you need to gather your thoughts.

Everything will be forgotten as you step onto the 18th tee as you see the club house behind the green and the hotel just to the right of that, you’re only thought is only another 539 yards to go!

I rate this course very highly and would defiantly recommend to anyone.

Golf breaks at Mottram Hall start from as little as £85 dinner, bed and breakfast with two rounds of golf (based on two sharing). Private tuition is available during your stay as well as a practice area and putting green.  Trolley and Buggy hire also available from the club shop.

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