Royal Blackburn

Designer: Chris Lane

Course Description:

Royal Blackburn is a Countryside course that takes a lot of inspiration from Scottish Links courses with their deep pot bunkers and undulating landscapes. It is also greatly influenced by American courses like Kiawah Island and Whistling Straits with it's massive waste bunkers. The course plays to a Par 70 at 7051 yards but has the ability to be stretched to over 7300+ yards for Championship events.

Tournaments Hosted

Year Event Tour Winner
2015 The Open - Qualifying Tournament #2 European 0

Other Courses by Chris Lane

Course Name Theme Par
Old High Hensley Boreal 72
Elmsley Island Links 72
Wentworth Lakes Alpine 72
Jebel Ali Emirates Desert 72
Elmsley Island Tour Links 72
Old High Hensley Tour Boreal 72
Choc Bay - Terrace Course Tropical 72
Big Shanty Station G.C. Harvest 72
Davenport Athletic Club Delta 72
Davenport Athletic Club (TGCT) Delta 72

Member Reviews:

Ladies and Gents... give it up for Chris Lane (aka MAJOR HIGH), who has designed one of the best Countryside (Links) courses in this game so far! In my honest opinion!

This design has a very untouched look and all those (waste) bunkers and the (massive) planting fit so perfect into the undulating landscape. While it is meant to be a Links course, you can not expect a course like you may know it from the UK. That's not it.

Fairways are pretty narrow occasionally, so make sure you concentrate from the Tee. If you miss the fairway, your one and only goal will be to safe Par somehow. The medium firmness of the course will offer quiet a few birdie chances if your game is good, allthough the greens are quiet challenging.

Summary: Royal Blackburn is a true test! But it is fair enough to reward really good shots! This is one of the courses you absolutely have to play at least once!
Reviewed by: Thomas Oberholzer on 6/9/2015

I was excited to see what Chris would do with an attempt at the Countryside links look. There are some nice holes to this one, especially through the middle portion of the round, but I didn't really get the Links feel throughout the round. The holes along the water, in particular, didn't have a real sense of place to them. They were almost like cliffside river holes in the middle of the countryside. 

What I did really like, though, were the big and bold greens. That, to me, is part of what links golf is about, and I liked the chances Chris took on them. I wouldn't say they all worked perfectly, but there were some good ones for sure.
Reviewed by: Craig LeVasseur on 12/19/2015