"Painswick Golf Club - Official Handbook & Souvenir"
"It is not claimed that a panorama of perennially beautiful and charming views,
both near and distant, and an air of unsurpassed purity and tonic quality, constitute in themselves a golf course. But surely there
breathes no man with soul so dead as to be uninfluenced by these things, which undoubtedly do conspire to enhance the pleasure, the
profit and the zest with which the fascinating game can be pursued. Another great asset of the course is that thanks to the elevation
of Painswick Hill - some 900 ft. above sea level - the character of the soil, and its exposure to the beneficial effects of sun and
wind, the turf recovers very quickly after rain. As a result, play is possible practically all the year round (snow excepted) and
at times when on a good many courses it would not be practicable. It is indubitable that golfers who frequent the hill become very
attached to it and the conditions that prevail there.
The course is not a long one... but there are special difficulties to compensate
for this lack. The long hitter may urge that the opportunities for second shots with (woods) are very limited. But golf is not all
big hitting. No two holes at Painswick are exactly alike. All are interesting in one way or another; each has its own characteristics
and individuality. There is ample scope for finesse and exploitation of the finer shots. The wily tactician comes into his own. Knowledge
of "the lie of the land" is all important, especially at the "blind" holes and where a downward-sloping fairway calls for the exercise
of judgment and restraint - particularly when winter winds are blowing or summer heats have so hardened the surface that the ball
develops extraordinary running powers.
Nature in her sterner moods has little to learn in the matter of golf course architecture. All
the hazards here are natural ones and arduous enough to satisfy the most exacting demands. Disused quarries, grassy knolls and hummocks,
depressions of varying area and depth, folds in the ground, cart-tracks and foot-paths abound ? many of the hazards have no particular
terror for the straight and accurate player, but any divergence from the proper direction is severely punished, as those prone to
hook, slice or top their ball speedily discover. Solemn thought! Should you perchance play your ball into a quarry, remember that
a Gloucester church was built out of it and restrain your language!
In can be easily understood that on a course so hilly - laid out
as it is, too, on common land - grass cutting and rolling are matters of no slight difficulty, and green keeping is a problem calling
for constant and efficient care and attention. But, generally speaking the turf is close and firm and in good condition not only through
the green but on the putting greens. There is plenty of "rough" and good cover for balls "off the line". Only about half a dozen of
the greens are flat; and the undulating saucer-like shapes of the rest call for the putter's considering cap if he would ascertain
the correct line to the hole".
Though written before World War II, this description seems just as accurate and appropriate today.
is another paragraph from that same booklet that deserves to be quoted in full - it, too, shows how little things have changed:- "In
the nineties of the last century golfing was of course but primitive here. Balls were frequently lost, not merely by drives into quarry
holes, but they seemed to possess a genius for adopting protective colouring, and also for taking refuge, like rabbits, in the pockets
of certain small boys. Like the Irishman's watch that fell overboard - -though lost, we knew where they were!"
A Golfer's point of view