Dunham Forest Golf Club

Oldfield Lane

Altrincham

Greater Manchester

WA14 4TY

0161 928 2605

Green fee:

Average rating

8.4

Course

8.3

Greens

8.2

Facilities

8.6

Value

7.9

Hospitality

8.9

    This stunning 18 hole championship course was designed by John Bealey and modified by ex-Ryder Cup player and top international course designer Dave Thomas to follow the picturesque contours of the natural landscape. He achieved this so successfully that today the Club is proud to be considered one of the most beautiful parkland courses in the UK.

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    Membership

    Winter & Twilight Memberships

    Twilight Membership - Runs from April to October. Members can play after 4pm Monday to Friday and after 2pm at weekends.

    Winter Membership - Runs from 1st November until 31st March. Unlimited play during these months for £400.

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    8.6

    Monday, 27th April 2015

     

    This week we headed over to the highly regarded Dunham Forest Golf and Country Club near Altrincham to run our beady eyes over a course that is widely renowned as being a superb winter venue. To be fair, it needed to be at its resilient best following a night of heavy rain, followed by morning dew and mist – however, we need not have been concerned in the slightest. 

     

    Dunham Forest is a mature woodland course which was once part of the Earl of Stamford’s Estate and is situated in the rural area of Dunham Massey and it is astounding that such swathes of greenery can be found so close to one of the UK’s largest Metropolitan areas. As you make your way down winding country lanes towards the club you start to question whether you have followed the correct directions and as you enter the grounds, you still struggle to see any of the 18 holes. 

     

    The clubhouse is large and impressive and is finished to a great standard. It blends in wonderfully to its surroundings with ivy draped on the walls and slate-style stonework. We made our way to the pro shop and were met by a very informative pro who welcomed us and pointed us in the right direction. The pro shop was reasonably stocked and had everything you would need on a visit, although it was lacking in depth in golfing equipment. A buggy was hired for £25 to give our legs a well deserved day off and in hindsight it was a good choice as the course isn't overly hilly, but would have been a fair walk. The round fell into the ‘winter price range’ and therefore came in at £29.95 per person – which proved to be exceptional value for money. 

     

    The facilities were great, with a nice practice green, a 200 yard practice ground and a pitching area and green. We were also greeted with construction work to a large building located at the back of the clubhouse. We were told that this was being converted into an indoor golfing studio and the plans sounded very grand and will make this a real ‘go to place’ for people to head to over the cold and frosty months to improve their golf games. 

     

    We walked the short distance to the 1st hole – which unusually was a par 5 – and admired how well kept the course appeared as we looked up the sweeping fairway towards the green in the distance. Despite the overnight downpour the ground was firm and well drained and the fairways and greens looked to have been cleared of the majority of fallen leaves. It’s obvious that the club is blessed with superb natural drainage as it’s based on a sand foundation which is huge benefit for those of us looking for top quality winter golf. 

     

    The most common phrase throughout our round was “another superb looking hole” as it was almost as though each hole improved slightly upon the last. The design is exquisite as the fairways meander through the deeply mature trees and the greens are framed beautifully by the foliage that surrounds them. 

     

    The fairways were all soft and spongy underfoot without being sodden from all the rainfall. They were also well manicured and its clear that divots are tended to with consideration for the most part. The semi rough was moderate and playable and therefore you weren't punished to harshly for a slightly wayward shot. However, if you went 20 yards either side of the fairway then you can expect to find yourself under overhanging branches or behind a solid aged tree. 

     

    The bunkers were a bit hard and compacted, but I put this down to the poor weather overnight and the fact that the greens staff were clearly very busy with other areas of the course – plus we visited quite early in the day and it would be harsh to expect every job to be tended to. The tee boxes were superb as they were all flat and well kept and the soil below had a sandy base meaning that inserting tees was a pleasure, as opposed to a real task as it can be at some courses. 

     

    Special mention though must go to the greens. Bearing in mind it is mind October, we had endured poor weather in the build up to our visit and that most other clubs in the North West of England are now considering winter treatments and green preservations – Dunham Forest has some of the best greens we have played on all year.

     

    They were true and quick….very quick. The roll was pure and it was like putting on laminated flooring at times as the ball simply did not bobble whatsoever. The subtle contours in the greens make them tricky to read, yet rewarding should you develop confidence enough to attack the holes. Some of the breaks were quite deceptive and the greens generally demanded care and attention otherwise you would could quite easily find your 2nd putt ending up further away from the hole than your 1st was. I feel I cannot emphasise strongly enough just how good these greens were for the time of year and hats off to the head green keeper and his staff for providing such superb winter ‘dancefloors’. 

     

    There are quite a few ‘signature’ style holes and walking to the next hole is a real joy as you look forward to what greets you on the tee. The first standout hole was the 5th, which has a moderately elevated tee position and the fairway sweeps from right to left before you approach a narrow elevated green that’s well protected by bunkers and the trees that are just waiting to gobble up your ball. The first 6 holes are all beautiful in their own unique ways and the holes look intimidating from the tee as the tight tree lined fairways seem to be closing in on you as you decided how to play your shots. 

     

    From holes 7 through to 11 you head to an area of the course that appears newer than the rest – and despite being told beforehand that these holes may not live up to the billing of the rest we found that they were not out of place and certainly not a disappointment.

     

    However, it’s fair to say that once you are back to the 12th and into the more mature area of the course that the holes just have that added quality on the eye over their newer relatives at 7 to 11. The 12th begins with an uphill tee shot that requires a soft draw to end up in prime position and club selection is paramount as the fairway quickly runs out ahead of you. The par 3 13th is a wonderful 175 yard hole that is played from an elevated tee and you have a feeling like you are playing directly into the depths of the forest as the green sits below you.

     

    The 14th is another ‘signature hole’ and is a par 5 to boot. A well positioned tee shot will leave you with a tough approach in two, but a stunning view down to the well protected two-tier green and if you walk away with par on here you would be very happy. 

     

    16 is a unique hole as you are teeing off over an underground reservoir [that you can’t see other than some of the concrete entrances to what lies below.] The tee shot is blind and appears wide open – however, when you walk to where you think you hit your ball you realise that after about 200 yards the fairway drops sharply down the side of the reservoir and onto a fairway at the foot of it. A unique and slightly odd hole in comparison to the rest of the course, but its quirkiness is delightful. 

     

    After the round we made our way to the pro shop and spoke with a different member of staff who was equally as friendly and helpful and we passed on our feedback for the course and greens staff. We intended to head off home, but on recommendation of the pro shop we made our way to the bar/restaurant area to enjoy a superb warm beef and onion baguette and chips. The food was superbly cooked, was plentiful and was very reasonably priced. We sat and relaxed in the less formal area of the clubhouse and enjoyed looking out onto the course from the superb comfy leather sofas. 

     

    In summary, Dunham Forest would be a superb course to visit at any time of the year – but considering how well in plays in winter conditions [and we were told that unless there is a stern frost, they play on full greens and tees all winter] then its definitely a course to make a real effort to visit during the ‘off-season’. The winter green fees ensure that this club is tremendous value for money and we are sure that should you make the decision to visit for yourselves that you will not be disappointed.

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    A society favourite

    Average rating

    8.4

    29th July, 2018, by Bunkers Golf Society

    We took the society to Dunham Forest Golf & Country Club on 28th July 2018 after a prolonged period of very hot weather - in fact, the heatwave was one of the hottest and driest on record.

    This meant that the course played shorter than normal as tee shots ran those extra yards on the bone dry fairways - which is never normally unwelcome to handicap golfers.

    Dunham Forest is always one of the highest scoring courses in our end of season questionnaire and A.G.M and after several years of playing here in the Spring/early season, we decided to book in the peak of the summer.

    Aside from the aesthetics of the scorched fairways as a result of the weather [obviously out of the control of the club] the course played beautifully. Smooth and slick greens were a pleasure to putt on and the ball held its line and speed throughout all 18 greens.

    The course condition was a bit below par - again due to the weather as the day of play was extremely windy and following the dry weather the leaves began to fall from the trees and it had more of a Autumn feel to it.

    The course is a lovely parkland layout a number of tricky par 5's. There are a number of holes that suit a 'draw' shape off the tee with the positioning of trees tight to the left side of the tee box and therefore hindering those of us who play a fade-cum-slice off the tee.

    The windy conditions on the day coupled with the dry fairways made it difficult to judge distances and rollout and made a tricky course all the more testing - which was enjoyed by most of our members.

    The clubhouse is grand and well decorated and the food is lovely [try the roast beef baguette, its a thing of beauty!].

    In summary, Dunham Forest has always been a society favourite and will no doubt continue to be so going forwards. It suits all times of year due to its superb drainage and hard working green staff. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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    Hospitality

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    Always a favourite

    Average rating

    8.2

    29th July, 2018, by Roper1592

    I visited Dunham Forest with Bunkers Golf Society on 28th July 2018 and I play off 9hcp.

    Dunham Forest has always been one of my favourite courses to visit as part of our society calendar. We have always previously played in the winter and spring due to the great drainage of the course and were always concerned we would be totally out priced in the peak months.

    We paid £50 for golf only on this occasion and I think thats a fair price for a course of this quality and reputation.

    As with every course in the UK at the moment, it was bone dry, scorched and yellow and rock solid. The prolonged heatwave causing real problems for green staff to keep the fairways in tact. That said, aside from the appearance on the eye, they played well and the extra roll out distance on shots was welcomed by a lot of our members [for a change]

    The greens were lush and green and were clearly the priority with the water. This in keeping with all previous visited to DFGC and they were smooth and slick and enjoyable to putt on. This particular visit was very very windy [but we avoided the heavy forecast rain]. The subsequent dry weather and heavy wind causing lots of the trees to shed leaves and it felt more like an autumnal round as opposed to mid summer - but again, nothing the club can do about 'Mother Nature'.

    The bunkers were well stocked and fair to play from [I just wish some other guests/members would use the rakes provided]. The course was in full bloom and the burnt grass aside, was pleasing on the eye.

    Having now played Dunham Forest in various seasons I would say its a great course to visit for any keen golfer at any time of year. Its a great set up and the layout of the 18 holes is tough but fair and is a great test of ability.

    Special mention to the club Pro Paul Dennis who always provides a warm welcome and is very good at ensuring we return to Dunham annually by offering respectable tee times and prices to fall in line with what our members vote for at AGM. So, once again, thank you Paul.

    We hope to return again in 2019.

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    Top course!

    Average rating

    8.2

    28th July, 2018, by d1ashley

    I visited this fine parkland layout once again with friends from Bunkers Golf Society. Once again the course did not disappoint, despite the prolonged absence of rain in recent weeks. The generous fairways were parched and lightening fast in places, with balls frequently running out into the rough or into the trees lining many of them.
    The greens however were well watered and therefore offered a well struck putt a smooth journey to the hole.
    There was plenty of choice for round drinks and the hot beef and onion baguette was absolutely delicious!
    We paid £50 for golf only which I believe represents reasonable value for money...perhaps this might have included a cup of coffee on arrival to welcome our group back to the club once again!

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    Value

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    Love coming back

    Average rating

    8.4

    28th July, 2018, by phil196

    Visited with Bunkers Golf Society this summer having previously only played early spring and winter. We were hoping to see the course in its finest fettle but the baking heat has affected the ability of the green keepers nationwide to present their best.

    That said, the greens were really good and the course actually doesn’t play much harder with all the added greenery. I felt it was very fair with rough kept short between trees and wide of the fairways.

    I really enjoy playing here so won’t let the few heat related issues cloud my opinion on what is one of my favourite courses

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    8

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    Great course great day

    Average rating

    8.4

    28th July, 2018, by Pwoolley

    Played Dunham Forest today with bunkers golf society, I’ve played this course many times before, fabulous well established course. The weather had taken its toll on the course because of the lack of rain. The fairways were very dry through lack of rain. The greens were in exceptional condition. Would definitely visit this course again in the future.
    Peter woolley

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    Bunkers Society Day

    Average rating

    8.2

    21st May, 2017, by ganno77

    Our 1st event of the golfing calendar and we open it up with a Major. Always a lovely track at Dunham and we were not disapointed this time either. The course was is great condition for this time of year and greens were well maintained with a good roll on them. Fairway edges cut back which made it easier to locate wayward drives which inevitably helps speed up the round. Great course, looking forward to returning very soon.

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    Dunham Forrest

    Average rating

    8.4

    11th April, 2017, by BIGGY67

    Played Dunham Forrest on Monday 10th April on a early bird ticket. Course was dry and well maintained but I have to say the greens were a little disappointing, they had been fed the week before so were a little bumpy and a little long and so a bit slow. Overall still a great place to play and for £29.95.

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    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    10

    Bunkers Member Great course

    Average rating

    7.4

    5th April, 2017, by Brad67

    Part of the bunkers golf society and have now played this course for the last three years. Its a fantastic layout in very good condition considering the recent weather.
    apart from hole 3 that was out of again. (there is a substitute hole later in the round (15A - not great)
    overall very welcoming golf course and would certainly tell other golfers to give it a go as a premium golf challenge.....Play it.

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    7

    Facilities

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    Value

    6

    Hospitality

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    Major Success!

    Average rating

    7.4

    5th April, 2017, by d1ashley

    This was my third visit to this rather secluded woodland course in the company of my friends from Bunkers Golf Society. On this occasion 28 of us pitched up to play in our society`s first "Major" of the golfing season.
    In truth, I was not impressed with the welcome we early birds received....Having been almost mowed down on the car park by a leading member of the club, who then - as I made my way to the Pro-shop to find the access code to allow us entry to the clubhouse - proceeded to `interrogate` two of my fellow members and travelling companions about why they would want to go inside, making us feel most like trespassers!
    It must be said though that things quickly improved! The pro could not have been more helpful and friendly and the clubhouse staff were attentive and efficient.
    The course was in very good condition, particularly considering that there had been very heavy rain on the previous day.
    The post round food (steak baguettes and chips) was a great success once again ..... very tasty and served piping hot!
    We will in all probability re-visit this course in future but will do so perhaps a little later in the year when the trees are in full leaf.

    Course

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    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    6

    Course not in bad shape

    Average rating

    7

    4th April, 2017, by jonnymorro

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    Facilities

    8

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    8

    Great, as always

    Average rating

    8.2

    4th April, 2017, by Roper1592

    I visited as part of Bunkers Golf Society on 2nd April 2017 and have visited DFGC for the past 3 years with the society.

    Once again, the club never failed to disappoint and was another superb day out. There had been very heavy rain the night before our visit and there were patches of standing water around the course but nothing that ruined the day.

    I found the course generally to be dry under foot and the fairways were well cut and nice to play from. The greens had a slight bobble on them but thats understandable for early in the season and in comparison to a lot of local clubs at this time of year, they were very good and I had no issues on them throughout the 18 holes.

    The bunkers were all raked and playable - despite a lot of other clubs being GUR at this point in the season, or compressed due to rain - so hats off to DFGC for that.

    The layout is interesting and would be a lot tighter and tricker in the summer when all the trees and bushes are in full bloom.

    We paid £45 for the golf at 11am on a Sunday, and £10 for steak baguette and chips. The food was again superb and the hospitality was great but I feel that the club could be just a touch cheaper at this time of year and a more appropriate price would be around £45 all inclusive rather than £55.

    However, the course was great as always and it is definitely a venue I would recommend to golfers of all abilities.

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    8

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    Value

    7

    Hospitality

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    Bunkers golf Society visit 2nd April

    Average rating

    7.8

    3rd April, 2017, by dtnalex

    Course played remarkably well considering the amount of rain the previous day and past few weeks, only a few muddy or standing water patches across whole course.

    Greens a bit long and bobbly, but guess they're trying to protect them at this time of year.

    Had to play a few tee's off mats still. Ended up playing hole 15a instead of hole 3,which in itself is fine, as we did this last year. Only slightly disappointing thing about this is that there is no obvious marking on the score cards or by the tee for how long 15a plays. If a course has an alternate hole it would be nice to have its yardage as not everyone carries a range finder.

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    8

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    7

    Facilities

    8

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    8

    Hospitality

    8

    Great course worth a visit

    Average rating

    8.2

    3rd April, 2017, by Chris parrish

    The course is a fantastic undulating test of golf quite tight but fair it was a bit wet in places due to a lot of rain over night but played well think it would be worth a visit in may on wards

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    8

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    7

    Hospitality

    10

    Bunkers golf day

    Average rating

    7.4

    3rd April, 2017, by SMOGGER1

    Played this course after some heavy rain the day before. Considering the amount of rain we have had, it was in good condition. its a tight course to navigate around, but its a little more forgiving on the back nine. The greens were a little bobbley, but that can be expected at this time of year. I would recommend playing it, but I would like to try it in the summer when its at its best.

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    7

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    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    9

    Bunkers Golf Society Event

    Average rating

    8.4

    3rd April, 2017, by phil196

    I have played Dunham Forest several times now and it is always a course I look forward to visiting. Without doubt the heavy rain prior to our visit had left its mark but for a parkland course it drains very very well.
    The fairways were good and the greens were more than acceptable for the time of year and compare favourably with some other courses that are still part closed or a boggy mess. Maybe familiarity means that it has lost a little bit of that wow factor for me but it is without doubt a really good course maintained to a high standard. I hope my next visit is in summer with the trees in full bloom.

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    8

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    8

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    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Quality Course

    Average rating

    8

    3rd April, 2017, by ParkEndBobby

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    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    9

    Superb course,

    Average rating

    8.4

    3rd April, 2017, by Stanno1410

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    9

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    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Fantastic parkland golf course.

    Average rating

    8.2

    3rd April, 2017, by Kevblue

    I played here as part of a Bunkers Golf Society visit.

    This is a excellent, tree lined course. Club choice is absolutely paramount here as many holes are very much risk v reward. If you manage to keep it on the short stuff you're rewarded but anything offline will be seriously punished.

    The greens were a little bit bobbly at times but this was to be expected after the horrendous weather the area has been battered with recently.

    I would recommend this course to anyone.

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    Bunkers masters

    Average rating

    8.6

    3rd April, 2017, by Steven moss

    Dunham forest golf course round played 02/03/2017
    This was the season opener for the bunkers golf society , the course was in great condition for the time of year and considering the amount of rain the day before. The greens still quick and receptive again considering the time of year and recent weather in very good condition. Hole 3 was closed on the day so we played 15a witch was fine. The club house and pro shop can't be faulted and the food and hospitality was very good. Great day would love to play it in the middle of summer when I would think it would be pristine condition.

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    8

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    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    10

    Bunkers Golf Society Visit 02/04/2017

    Average rating

    7.2

    3rd April, 2017, by chuck5314

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    8

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    6

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    3

    Hospitality

    10

    Tough challenge

    Average rating

    8

    16th April, 2016, by bpsmith70

    Played here for second time with Bunkers Golf Society. All round a really nice course with plenty of challenges. Only negative was the condition of the greens on some holes but to be expected given such a wet winter. Great food in the bar again too. Will be coming back.

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    7

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    9

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    7

    Hospitality

    9

    Played with bunkers golf society

    Average rating

    8.8

    16th April, 2016, by Pwoolley

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    9

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

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    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    played with bunkers golf society

    Average rating

    8.8

    16th April, 2016, by Pwoolley

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    9

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    9

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    9

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    8

    Hospitality

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    Tough Challenge

    Average rating

    9

    14th April, 2016, by The Housewife

    I play off 19.
    Played here for second year running with bunkers. Still on winter card. Hole 3 is replaced by hole 15A. (Not on GPS watch). This is a very nice course. Nice settings as you drive into the club and great clubhouse and very adequate golf shop with helpful staff.
    Punished if you miss the fairway and can easily go round without getting your driver out the bag. Great variety of holes and really enjoyed the par 3, 8 &13th.
    Fairways well maintained and greens in good condition for this time of year. Course was wet in places although a lot of rain had fallen overnight.
    Practise area consists of large putting area small chipping area and hood driving range.
    Post course steak baguette was very tasty and served with a smile. A very enjoyable round of golf in a great setting. Great value for money and would return again.

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    8

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    8

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    9

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    Stern test of golf

    Average rating

    8.6

    14th April, 2016, by Kmurphy87

    Played here with bunkers golf society for our yearly Masters tournament.
    Second time playing this golf course as i had played it last year, this is one course were strategy off the tee will prove dividends a lesson learnt from last years visit. Its not an overly long golf course and you dont need to hit driver much or at all as i did to manage this course.
    Considering the amount of rain that had come down the night before the course was in great condition, albeit that it was wet in places but the actual course was stunning, greens were fantastic for the time of year and the views on some of the holes are great.
    Food after the golf went down a treat again and all the staff and members were very welcoming.
    Look forward to playing here again, definitely one to visit.

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    8

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