The Midlands is not necessarily considered a hot spot for golf courses, but Beau Desert Golf Club is
one of the few exceptions. This is the Marquess of Anglesey commissioned Herbert Fowler to design the course and in 1913, Fowler completed the job; the golf club was formed seven years later.
“About twenty-five miles away from Birmingham, near Hednesford, is Beau Desert, which Mr. Herbert Fowler originally laid out for Lord Anglesey. Here might be one of the very best courses” wrote Bernard Darwin in The Golf Courses of Great Britain. “For the turf is excellent and there is a flavour of Gleneagles about it. It stands high and is pleasanter in hot weather than cold, for the wind can blow there with penetrating shrewdness”.
Beau Desert, or “Beautiful Wilderness”, is an unusual name for a golf course, especially for a course
located in such a manicured landscape. Once upon a time, the area may well have been wild and woolly, but these days acres of woodland frame this spectacular heathland course. Whilst not an overly long course, measuring 6,470 yards from the tips, the narrow fairways require accuracy from the tee. The greens are quite large, especially the 18th, and they are full of wicked borrows, so expect a few three putts.
On numerous occasions, Beau Desert has hosted Open Championship qualifying rounds and has staged numerous major amateur competitions, including the 2017 England Golf Men's Mid Amateur Championship's and the 2012 England Golf County Championships. If you take Beau Desert alongside Whittington Heath and Little Aston, you will experience three of middle England's best inland courses.
Championship Designer: William Herbert Fowler
Length: 6,470 yards
Course Rating (Championship Course): 73.3
Slope Rating (Championship Course): 139
Beau Desert Golf Club, Rugeley Road, Cannock, United Kingdom