Gaudet Luce Golf club (pronounced Gore-day Loose) is set in a very nice part of rural Worcestershire.
Located on the edge of Droitwich Spa, the club is very easy to locate as it is only 5mins from the M5 and has named signs from the town centre.
Worcester is only 20mins away, and Birmingham about 40mins.
As a new TSG Club Partner, we sent TSGer Andy King to check out the course and share with his fellow TSGers, his view on the course.
Over to you Andy…
Gaudet Luce Golf Club – The Clubhouse & Shop…
It is thought Gaudet Luce is Latin for something like ‘Rejoiceful Light‘ as we were told by the Company Director whos family has always owned this course since its start in the late 90’s.
I personally love a golf course you drive through part of to get to the clubhouse, you get a little taster, and Gaudet Luce doesn’t disappoint.
The car park is big but there are several other businesses onsite, so parking might be a problem at certain times. We had no issue, and probably will be fine most times….
The course and clubhouse are relatively new, established in 1995. So, as you’d expect, the clubhouse is very modern, clean and tidy.
However, their trophy cabinet in the welcoming and comfortable bar, is as impressive as you’d find in a club a hundred years old. #
All staff, bar, shop, and just generally were friendly and helpful (not only to us, but we noticed they stopped to chat, and were as helpful as they could be to members we saw onsite as well ).
We had some food and drinks after, which were very nice and reasonably priced, the bar area although good, if it was used to cater to a large society might get a bit cramped, 30 or so would be fine but hey may have other areas for larger groups.
The Pro shop is not huge but is well stocked, and recently incorporates the retail company, American Golf, so you know what you’re going to have on offer.
Speaking to the shop staff about the course was informative about 150yrd markers etc, however, the weather lately had been so good, there was nothing for them to warn us about by the way of wet or muddy parts.
There’s a teaching school available with details on the Gaudet Luce Golf Club website.
Gaudet Luce Golf Club – The Courses…
There are two courses, the 9 hole Par 3 ‘Hazdor’ course which looked very nice and is used for a quick round, practice, and lessons etc by members and guests.
However, the absolute star of the show is the full 18 hole ‘Phoenix’ course.
Off the Whites, it is 6053yrds Par 70. Yellows 5869yrds Par 70. Reds 5392yrds Par 73
This may not seem to be ‘long’ by modern standards, but if you don’t bring your ‘A’ game, you may go home shaking your head.
However, you WILL want to come back for another go…frankly, it’s a stunner!
A beautiful Parkland course that’s got the balance just right. Not too daunting for high handicappers, not too easy for low handicappers.
The condition in early May was excellent.
Good quality Tee boxes with lovely features like box hedge surround, fairways that were springy and lush, just the right amount, and Greens that were true and a good speed.
There is some water to negotiate, but again, it’s not too much. Everything was high quality.
It is quite tree lined (especially the front 9), but not too punishing, and the trees etc. frame the course beautifully.
It is a course of two halves, the front nine being tight in places but shorter.
The back nine more open but longer and with more water and some slopes to contend with.
From the first nice wide downhill tee, although OOB down the right, the course unfolds in front of you, with all holes offering something different.
The 2nd being a gentle downhill Par 3, but watch out for the pin placement.
However, the tricky 4th demonstrates the ‘short/tight’ idea though. At only 263 yards from the yellows this Par 4 seems easy…it’s not.
With an entrance to the green through the eye of a needle, you need to be pinpoint accurate.
The 353 yard, 7th is quite straightforward…IF you get a good intimidating drive away.
Quite a carry over water to the fairway will worry some. The Par 5, 8th will get the grey matter going, calculating distances over ( or not ) brooks, and around ( or NOT ) ponds to a very very shallow green.
The more open back nine starts with a great Par 3, but straight away, you see the water coming into play.
The downhill 11th is also worthy of a special mention, as again the view sweeping down is fabulous.
Another Par 3 at 12 shows a very popular hole that has DANGER written all over it.
I’ll say little about the monster that is the 14th (421yrds mostly uphill par 4 at ‘only’ stroke index 13. Ouch !!!)
ALL of the Par 3 holes stood out as special, but my favourite hole was the 17th. Off the yellow tee, a 502yrd Par 5, that the 2nd half is STEEPLY uphill to a platform green.
However after all that effort, turn around and look back down the hole….the view will take your breath away (even if you might need a buggy to be ABLE to breathe after that climb!).
The course is easy to find your way around, as most tees are within sight of the previous green, and where they weren’t, there were good signs showing the way.
There ARE birdies out there to be had, but you need to play carefully to benefit. A real thinkers course!
Gaudet Luce Golf Club – Other stuff…
Practise facilities are also very well catered for. A good full range, practise putting areas and the helpful shop Pro’s all there to prepare you for your round. Lessons are available, and the club seems very well set up for societies etc.
In fact, the clubs website is one of the most detailed I have ever seen.
From their price range to play and other offers onsite, like FootGolf, membership, and group golf days ( even to the opening and closing times of the kitchen, and online menu’s!!).
There also looks like a lot going on away from the golf.
With special offer meal deals, and entertainment galore. I would seriously look into membership here…if only it wasn’t nearly 200miles from home !!
Coming from the London area, I thought the cost was very good value for money, even at the weekend.
Two of my group came from about 1hrs drive away and were already thinking of it as a great venue for their society to come to because of the cost and the quality of the ‘Phoenix’. Visit – Gaude Luce Golf Club – TSG Club Partner Offers
Gaudet Luce Golf Club – Conclusion…
All in all, Gaudet Luce is a fantastic club and course making us feel very welcome and is a delight to play.
A real gem, well worth a trip. Really struggling to think of ANYTHING to criticise.
Yes, some may argue you can hear the M5 most of the way around, but personally, it’s not too loud and I managed to ‘blot’ that out after a few holes.
I would highly recommend this course to any local people, or, like me, a visitor from further away. You’ll love it.