Not without interest there are some decent holes and the turf, if not quite true moorland, is springy, firm and was pleasing to hit from in early February.
A few of the holes are a bit up and down, albeit with a ditch cutting across several of them to add interest but a loop at the bottom of the course (holes 4, 5 and 6) break everything up nicely. The latter two holes of this excellent triangle have engaging green sites and elevate Bradford Moor above your average run of the mill Yorkshire nine-holer.
The par-three fifth – the lone one-shotter on the property – is the most unique hole as it is played to an angled green set into the steep hillside with a meandering water hazard cutting in close to the green.
The course, originally 18 holes in the early 1900s until the council acquired land for alternative use, is quite compact and housing is alarmingly close on a few holes and I’m sure the A6177 must have been hit by a wayward drive from the 1st tee in the past!
Apart from the 156-yard fifth every other hole is a par-four on the 5,900-yard, par 70 layout. The longest hole is the uphill seventh at just 407 yards, however, the sloping nature of many greens ensure the course is no pushover and must be given respect.
The view from the 4th hole looking down upon the city centre is wonderful and all-in-all I thoroughly enjoyed my round here.
It's a long time since I've walked off a golf course and been as impressed and surprised, compared to what I was expecting, than at Newbiggin.
A family holiday brought me to Whitby Golf Club. After stuffing myself with fish & chips, losing most of my money on the penny slots and catching umpteen crabs in the harbour it was time for a round of golf!
Planning a round of golf in late October can be a dicey affair, especially in my home county of Yorkshire where the vast majority of courses are built on heavy soil or clay, so it was very refreshing to discover when venturing down south how well East Berkshire played at this time of year.