What Fowler and Simpson achieved at Blackwell on a relatively small acreage is a tribute to their skill and the course on which members play today is not greatly different from the original 18 hole design of 1923 apart from the 1st tee is now the 10th.
Today, Blackwell is a traditional English mature parkland course measuring 6260 yards from the white tees with a par of 70 (sss.71).
Simpson might well be one of the most creative golf course architects who ever lived. His basic tenet was “The vital thing about a hole is that it should either be more difficult than it looks or look more difficult than it is. It must never be what it looks.”
Further he believed that “The middle of the fairway – except for perhaps once in the round for the sake of variety – should never be the true line to the hole”
Blackwell reflects these views through its strategic bunkering and angled greens that generally encourage an approach from one side of the fairway or the other. It is a challenging test of golf, the fast and true greens have been a constituent part of Blackwell’s reputation. This, combined with some interesting contours, places high premium on putting skills.
Bobby Jones visited Blackwell in 1930 and used the 13th to create the 12th we see at Augusta today. A raised tee shot, narrow green, water at the front and bunkers/trouble at the front and back!
Blackwell is ranked the number one course in Worcestershire, 69th in England and is listed in Golf World’s Top 200 Courses in Britain and Ireland.
I have had a long association with Blackwell Golf Club ever since I won the Midlands Boys Championship there at the beginning of my golfing career.
The course is always in beautiful condition with excellent greens. It is a real test of golf and requires respect from players at all levels.
I always enjoy returning to Blackwell.