Forest Pines (Bobmac)

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This one is for Bobmac really as I know he is over in that neck of the woods.

When Forest Pines 1st opened we used to have a regular golf trip to Lincolnshire many years ago.

Drove early to Forest Pines,played 36 then drove to an overnight stay at my favourite course at Woodhall Spa and played 36 the next day.

Forest Pines then was a lovely lay out but in poor condition mainly because it was pretty new.

Always wanted to go back all these years later,thought it had great potential.

Has anybody else played it recently?
 

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I played about 4 or 5 yrs ago and it was looking pretty good, I think when it changed ownership it had a bit of investment and work on the course, havent seen it recently.
 

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I'm just over the bridge from Forest Pines, and played it earlyish last summer actually.

Altho we got soaked on the day, the course was excellent, very nice, 3 loops of 9 nowadays.

Very big on corporate golf I beleive, therefore sometimes very busy, but well worth a trip.
 

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Yeah they had the 3 loops of 9 all those years ago.
Forest 9
Pines 9

cant remember the name of the other 9,think it began with B.

I do remember it was the worst 9 though!
 

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Yes your right it was the Beeches. Played there over our winter weekend away 2 years ago again it was wet but the course stood up well. the hotel was good but expensive so dont blame you going to Woodall another of our winter league weekend jounts. But would not rule out another visit to Forest Pines.
 

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Good morning.
Now your talking !!! :)
Definatley my favourite course round here for miles.
Not easy for the hookers and slicers though as it's very tight.
No problems finding the ball, just got to play pinball to get it back to the fairway.
The last time I played it the course was in good nick and pretty quick greens.
One word of caution though.
As already mentioned, ownership has changed and have ruined the clubhouse. Its now all clinical with no atmosphere and pretty pricey. They have also put up the green fee from £36 to £50!!(Take sandwhiches and a hip flask)
The good news is they haven't spoiled the course in any way and its still a pleasure to play, especailly the 16th at 200yds ish over water :)
While your there, you could try a few other courses round there. Elsham and Holme Hall are worth a visit and are significantly cheaper than Woodhall
 

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A good guide for me if the course is boring or not is after I have played the course once, can I remember all the holes.
At Elsham I could. Nicely laid out with a bit of room for the slightly wayward
 

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A good guide for me if the course is boring or not is after I have played the course once, can I remember all the holes.

I agree with this sentiment. At the risk of being controversial I would say that the majority of the Brabazon is not that memorable, whereas some of the "smaller" courses I have played live long into the memory.
 

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Like i said I played it not long after it opened but it was like no other new course i had played in the fact that all the trees were fully grown.
Must have been a big undertaking to cut the fairways through all those pine trees.

Your right as well about remembering holes,to many years that i care to remember since i was there and only played it once but I do remember a cracking par 5 like the 13th at augusta.

It also doglegged right to left with a stream running up the left and cutting in front of the green.The one after was dead straight and very tight tee shot,also seem to remember a par 3 after that,might be wrong but thats what i seem to remember from 15 odd years ago
 

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Good memory Alchemy.
The par 5 is the 3rd. You missed out the 4th which is a right angled dog leg right to left. 2 iron, flick.
then the dead straight 5th par 5 and then the short par 3 over water. :)Birdie corner for you Alchemy
 

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I've played Forest Pines quite a few times in the last 6 months.
I only started playing last April so I've not been to loads but it's in a different class to the other courses I've played. I agree with the comments about the clubhouse though, very sterile.

I know a lad who works there and can get on midweek at a days notice for £20 each if anybody fancies a game.
 

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Only course I've played in that neck of the woods (excuse the pun)is Belton Woods. Nice course with some good management needed.

The added comedy of having a pint afterwards overlooking the 18th which in brabazon-esque fashion has a lake (OK maybe pond!) with a fountain that you have to clear for the green. My advice... sit behind the golfproof glass if you are watching on ladies day (no offence ladies, I'm sure plenty of blokes to it too!!!) some over zealous thinned shots created quite an amusing climax!
 

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I've played Forest Pines quite a few times in the last 6 months.
I only started playing last April so I've not been to loads but it's in a different class to the other courses I've played. I agree with the comments about the clubhouse though, very sterile.

I know a lad who works there and can get on midweek at a days notice for £20 each if anybody fancies a game.


I Go quite a bit here and love it.
Is there any chance of you pulling a bit of discount for us when we go Smigger ?!?!?
Sorry for being cheeky but if you dont ask you dont get !!!!! ;)
 

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Played there in November the course was in fantastic condition tight fairways,summer greens,I would encourage anyone to play this course,some of the holes are fantastic the only draw back are the prices they charge in the clubhouse i think a sausauge sarni was £3.50 take plenty of money if you want to eat there.
 
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