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HomerJSimpson

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Played at Temple Golf Course today as a freebie round with some of my regular Sarurday crowd. I hadn't played the course before and was looking forward to it. It's set high up on the downs just outside Maidenhead and has great views over Marlow etc.

I have to be honest and say it was a disappointing round, purely because of the conditions. All the greens and tees were open the course was in very good knick. However all the greens were frozen from last nights frost which meant that you couldn't hit anything into them from the fairway and even chip shots would not stop. This meant having to land the ball short. Sometimes they would run on and sometimes the ground was dead and so it became a lottery. As the course is quite hilly it also meant a lot of shots were thrown off line by the contours.

As a result scoring was not particularly good although I did strike the ball well. The 1st is a great opening hole played from an elevated tee in front of the clubhouse down into a valley. Shame I hit a duck hook and lost a ball.

I nearly got home in two at the par 5 4th (484 yards) and to illustrate the problems hit a great 8 iron at the 143 yard 6th which pitched on the front of the green and was 10 feet over the back when I got up there expecting a birdie putt. The 11th (SI 2) is 398 yards and has a tight drive with the slope going right to left and little room left as there is a road running the length of the hole. I hit a good drive and had about 205 left on an uphill lie. The green is protected by a slope all the way down the right and lies in a hollow with no room left. I didn't have the guts to commit to hitting up the hill and letting it release and so hit an iffy approach and cobbled a chip and 2 putts.

The 17th is another hole where you drive down from a raised tee. Its 414 yards and a slight dog leg and the second is played up a steep hil to a raised green. I pushed my drive which was pushed right by the hill and came up just short with my 5 wood. The 18th is only a short par 4 of 261 yards to a green in front of the clubhouse. It is a slight dogleg right with a safe shot up the left to let it run off the slight hill towards the green. We were 1 down and one of the opponents hit the green so I was forced to put the 3 wood back and go for it. I hit a decent drive to within 5 yards of the front and hit a great chip. Sadly it took a huge skid on the frosty green to about 15 feet. My opponent made 4 and my birdie putt was just too strong.

It is a very good test of golf and I'd love to go back when the greens are more playable and you can throw the ball onto the putting surface. The clubhouse had a very traditional feel but the members were all very friendly except the 4 ball behind us who complained we were holding the course up even though no-one was behind them and they were only on the tee as we were putting out on most holes and they even lost a hole on us.

I think you can book and just play and so if anyone is looking for a good fun course (not long - 5826 off the yellow) it comes with the Homer thumbs up
 

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This one's not far from me and its been on my playlist for some time. Might give it a go now that I know its good. Shame about the conditions - doesn't look like its going to get any better for a week or 2. Cheers Homer.

I've played the Harleyford which is just down the road and that's a nice one too.
 

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The conditions you describe with frozen greens that make chips impossible, and rock hard/ hilly terrain that throws shots offline etc were exactly what I had to put up with today with the added negative of being on temporary greens as opposed to normal ones. Anyway like you I struck the ball nicely so there were some positives.

Glad you enjoyed your game though, can't complain at a free round. You give a good account of the course it sounds interesting and not dissimilar to my own. A 264 yard par 4 though? That just seems silly, I have played longer par 3s! I find a 343 yard par 4 very short!
 

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Good report mate. And that 10th is just stupid. Just lookd at the website, 236yrd blind par 3!!!
 

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Good report mate. And that 10th is just stupid. Just lookd at the website, 236yrd blind par 3!!!

Blind and also you have to hit it 40 yards away from the flag to get it anywhere close in the summer when the greens are quick.....5 is a good score but it is mickey mouse

Temple good course (apart from 10th), good test despite the length, good score acheivable if you can putt, which I can't....
 

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The 10th was 236 off the yellow towards a direction post planted at the back of the green to indicate the sunken green. There is no indication of what shape the green is the fact that there are greenside bunkers and the terrain slopes right to left. I pushed a 3 wood and had a 40 yard chip down the slope (still couldn't see the top of the flag) and hit a nine iron to just land it and get it running. It bounced about 10 feet in front and rolled down the hill and still ran to the back. My mate hit a chip with a sand iron and managed to get it to within 4 foot for par.

I'm not sure it is necessarily the most ridiculous hole I have played (there are several on the loops at Ashbury Manor that are not fair golf holes) and I think if you play it several times you will learn the line and the club selection.

To be fair the very short par 4's (there are 6 that are less than 350) are no push over as the terrain on most slopes one way or the other and the greens are not the biggest around and several have steps in so the approaches have to be accurate and well clubbed. It isn't a long track but it does make you think and it isn't one that can be attacked recklessly off the tee.
 

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Temple has been added to the list for the golf society I'm in next year. I'll look forward to playing it in the sunny month's(hopefully)!
 
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