Owned by Lord Bamford, the agricultural & construction company JCB, has its very own golf and country club which is located in Staffordshire, England. As one would expect from a manufacturing company of world repute, its golf course has been designed to a tee, with a massive amount of earth moved for the project. The result is a tour-ready contemporary masterpiece of a links golf course that utilises all the best hallmarks of modern technology and countryside to maximum effect. Set amid the lush green rolling countryside of Staffordshire, the Golf Course and Country Club feature luxury accommodation (available to members only), a brilliant golf academy and a fantastic restaurant. The Golf Course is near the Marriott Forest of Arden & The Belfry Resort. Slow down when approaching the Club because you might see a few JCB tractors on the road, there is a depot nearby with hundreds of tractors & machinery.
JCB Country Club has been designed for championships. The links golf course is renowned for its plethora of challenges that, when combined, create a tour-ready golf experience. The challenges come in the form of rapid elevation changes, unnatural sloping of the earth, extra-long fescue rough, various water features. Combine those factors with an extraordinarily long golf course with narrow landing areas, and you have an extreme challenge. JCB has provided leeway for visitors in the form of heavily spaced tee boxes (five in total) and beautiful scenery throughout. The shortest possible course you can play measures 5,073 yards / 4,638 metres. Being an inland course, the wind does not affect play as much as its Golf Coast neighbours 1.5 hours away, the likes of Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool & Royal Lytham & St Annes vary completely from JCB Country Club in just about every sense of the word ‘links.’
The Golf Course has four par-3’s, ten par-4’s and four par-5’s. It has been designed to test the PGA Tour’s elite golfers, but also to provide a truly memorable golf experience for all visitors. The signature hole is the par-three ninth, which plays downhill to an island with three lakeside bunkers and a two-tiered green. It is accessed from a narrow bridge where you will tee off for the 10th. Visitors will become flummoxed with views of rolling hills, fairways crisscrossed with drystone walls, streams and canals. JCB Golf Club is not far removed from its New Zealand contemporary at The Kinloch Club, which has an inland links design with signature bunkering. Your golf experience at JCB Golf & Country Club will be over and above everything you expect.
Contemporary and luxurious at the same time, JCB Country Club has a clubhouse featuring a minimalist design. The glass-fronted clubhouse sits beside the Academy & driving range, near the lodges. Inside is a fantastic restaurant with a simple menu, yet decadent fare. There is a pro shop with friendly staff and a large array of merchandise, equipment and accessories. There is an emphasis on the JCB brand as Lord Bamford is the owner of the Country Club and machinery company, so you will have access to top-of-the-range golf equipment with JCB branding in the shop.
Golf Academy & Practice Facilities
The highlight of JCB Golf & Country Club other than its 18-hole championship course is the Academy and practice facilities. You will find a putting and chipping green that has drawn praise from South Africa’s Gary Player, as well as a full-length driving range with covered & uncovered bays. The Academy boasts state-of-the-art technology that is available through tuition & lessons with the PGA Tour Professional John Howells who spent 7 years as the senior instructor at the Butch Harmon School of Golf Dubai. Also on offer is The Tour Fitting Experience for custom fitting & golf lessons. Try the best brands: Titleist, Taylormade and Ping, or take a lesson with PGA professionals to improve your game fast.
Lodges at JCB Country Club
Exclusively available to JCB Country Club members, the ten lodges comprise four-bedroom escapes. Each lodge features a communal lounge area that are perfect for unwinding after an afternoon on the golf course. Each lodge has four bedrooms with private en-suites with views across the golf course.