Hawkstone Park Hotel & Golf Centre

Weston-under-Redcastle

Weston-under-Redcastle

Shropshire

SY4 5UY

01948 841 700

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Average rating

8.3

Course

8

Greens

8.2

Facilities

8.3

Value

8.2

Hospitality

8.7

    The three courses were designed in extensive parkland surrounding the ruins of a medieval castle, with the cliffs of the world-famous 18th Century Follies providing a spectacular backdrop. Our championship golf course will really test your abilities. And after a great game don’t miss out on your favourite sporting events with a large screen TV in the Terrace Bar.
    As well as our Golf Pro Shop, we are proud to have Keith Williams on board as Director of Coaching. Keith is a PGA master professional and hosts the Golf Academy available at Hawkstone Park.

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    Course

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    9

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    10

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    9

    Average

    9.2

    14/06/2015

    Hawkstone Park is probably the most well know golf society venue in North West of England, and perhaps even the entire country. For many years golf societies and golf break enthusiasts have been visiting this venue near Wem in Shropshire. Infact if your ever in Town the same day as our group, ask " big Andy " for some stories about Hawkstone Park from his work golf days there in the 70's and 80's, you will be regaled with stories about a rusty Talbot Sunbeam, Bermuda shorts, 18 cans of John Smiths and a Cows backside! Hawkstone also holds a special place with me personally. The way fate dealt the cards meant that me and my brother never got the chance to play golf with our Dad, but he too had countless stories of golf trips to Hawkstone Park and when we started forming the society he told us try and play Hawkstone as its such a good venue.

    You get the idea, this place has a great history and holds great memories for many thousands of casual golfers. So where better to hold the 2015 R.O.G.S. Masters.

    Without doubt the most famous fact about Hawkstone Park is that its the very place where British favourite Sandy Lyle learned to play the game, the former Masters and British Open Championship winner was the son of the professional. They are not shy about this fact and rightly so, Sandy pictures, old clubs and balls, signed flags etc etc grace all 4 walls of the club house.

    I know we are here to talk about golf, but Hawkstone Park is also famous for its historic follies. A series of cliffs, thick woodland, caves and 200 year old monuments make for a spectacular hike for the ramblers amongst us. There is also a smallish hotel onsite that caters well for golf breaks.

    The clubhouse is a huge white building with the decent sized pro-shop and good changing facilities on the ground floor, conference and wedding facilities on the 1st floor and the bar/restaurant for golfers on the top floor offering great view of both the Hawkstone and Championship courses.

    There are practice facilities aplenty here. Driving range, two large putting greens, a chipping area, practice bunkers and even a 6 hole academy course, there really is everything you need and more to get warmed up before your game. One sticking point is the buggies. They have a large fleet of well used and tired buggies that they rent out at £30 each, easily the most expensive we have come across at any course, the average is £20.

    There are two 18 hole championship standard courses here. There is the newer American style course called the Championship Course ( formerly the Windmill Course ) that is quite open and has water hazards on almost every hole. And there is also the much older and matured Hawkstone Course, cut into thick woodland with several blind tee shots and working its way around the historic follies.

    The Hawkstone Course is what the venue deem to be their premier course and that is the course we chose to play.

    It has to be said, in my opinion at least, that the Hawkstone Course isn't one of those courses with memorable hole after memorable hole. While none of them look or play the same, there are only a couple of really stand out memorable holes. There are only 3 par 3's, the first of which is a very straight forward short hole, but the other two are both really good golf holes. The 9th is 155 yards down hill with trees half blocking the view of the green, and the 12th is the Hawkstones signature hole, a great par 3 played from a very elevated tee with a brook circling the green which site 135 yards from the tee.

    The 10th is also a great hole. A long par 5 that sweeps downhill to the right from the tee then levels off as you head to the green, but beware the stream that hugs the left side of the fairway and runs right up to the green. All of this is played within the shadows of the follies that tower over this hole!

    Theres nothing wrong with the other holes on the course, they are all good solid holes and there are certainly no weak holes, they just don't tend to stick in the memory. On the back 9 in particular there are quite a few holes that are blind off the tee and you play up to a marker post. Some people aren't fans of this so its a point worth taking note of.

    The condition of the course was immaculate from start to finish. The tee boxes were perfectly flat, the fairways were cut tight with football pitch style patterns mown into them and well defined first and second cuts, the bunkers were a bit compacted but in fairness they were very wet following a weeks downpour and some of them were still holding standing water, and the greens were all true and rolled equally throughout the round.

    Its a tough course from start to finish, not impossible to play and all handicaps will get round ok here, but it still provides a good solid challenge. The winning score on the day was 34 points but the top 7 were all in the 30s.

    The game was followed by a meal in the clubhouse, a delicious home made steak and ale pie with chips, peas, gravy, more chips, more chips and then even more chips! The beer isn't cheap at £4 a pint but its what you would probably expect in a place like this.

    In conclusion a great day was had by all at Hawkstone. Its the sort of place that's an experience as opposed to just a game of golf. The value for money was excellent at £33 per person for breakfast, 18 holes on the Hawkstone Course and the meal afterwards, but they do make up for it with prices at the bar and pro shop! I was lucky enough to walk away as Masters champion for 2015 so now I also have my own stories and memories of Hawkstone Park that I will be telling for years to come, and hopefully the rest of the group will have some too!

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    Great venue

    Average rating

    8.2

    23rd November, 2018, by Roper1592

    Visited here as part of Bunkers Golf Societies end of season trip on 10/11th November 2018.

    I must say, the condition of both courses for this time of year was great. The Championship course on the front 9 was a touch wetter and had far more fallen leaves that caused a problem but the remainder of that course and the full 18 on the Hawkstone Course were superb.
    The greens had been hollow tined but still rolled quick and true and didn't have a real adverse effect over the 2 days.
    The layout of the Hawkstone Course in particular is lovely as it meanders through the natural landscape to reveal some beautiful views and fabulous back drops. The Championship course is a bit tighter and the front 9 a bit bland before it opens up in the a USPGA feel with plenty of water hazards and expansive bunkers.

    The hotel was well presented and the staff were all very friendly. We enjoyed a lovely 3 course meal in a private dining area that was perfect for our society end of season awards and let us be lads without having to worry about upsetting other guests.
    The rooms were clean and well presented and the hotel generally was very pleasant.

    The whole trip cost us £150ish per person and offered good value for this venue. The bar prices were a bit steep at £5 a pint, but you kind of expect that at these hotel courses as you are a captive audience but it doesn't really excuse it.

    All in all, a very good venue for any group wishing to enjoy a couple of days of fabulous golf. Give it a go.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Bunkers end of season

    Average rating

    8.8

    12th November, 2018, by Pwoolley

    Visited hawkstone Park with bunkers golf society, played the two courses over the two days , the day started with a bacon and egg baget delicious ,then off on the first tee ,the championship course all set in beautiful parkland, the greens were fast and true, the falling leaves were a bit of a problem but what could you expect for mid November, I liked this course and would love to play it in the summer.The next day we played the other course , this was my favourite out of the two , spectacular veiws on this beautiful parkland course ,well laid out lovely fairways and the greens were in great condition, would definitely recommend these two top class courses We stayed and the hotel on the Saturday night, had a three course meal the food was delicious and the staff were warm a friendly, all in all a fabulous weekend with a great bunch of lads
    Peter Woolley

    Course

    9

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Great layout and greens

    Average rating

    8.2

    12th November, 2018, by sseddon8

    Played both courses and was truly amazed. This is much better than carden park. The courses are beautiful and provide a real challenge. The greens are true and run fast (even after bad weather and being winter). The food is great and the rooms are well presented

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Great Winter Golf

    Average rating

    7.6

    12th November, 2018, by d1ashley

    I visited Hawkstone Park with friends from Bunkers Golf Society for our end of season Golf trip and Presentation of Awards Dinner.
    We played The Championship course on Saturday, 10th November. Whilst there had been heavy rain across the country throughout the previous night, the course was relatively dry and the greens remained unexpectedly fast. There was evidence of some recent maintenance on the greens which did interfere with the smooth roll of putts but on the whole the course played well. I found my hotel room to be modern and comfortable and we were all made welcome and booked in quickly and courteously by the hotel's efficient reception staff.
    After a fine dinner and following our presentation of awards ceremony, we spent the rest of the evening in the hotel bar where a wide selection of excellent beers, wines and gins was available - but at an average cost of almost £5 per pint it turned out for some to be quite an expensive evening!
    On day two we played the Hawkstone Course. This was my own favourite of the two. It was very attractively designed with several beautifully created holes carving their way through the getly undulating Shropshire terrain. This being 11th of November, all players suspended play for two minutes at 11am. A nice touch too was the special hole flag at the eighteenth commemorating Armistice Day. (see photo)
    I would like to return to this venue and play the courses in summer conditions.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    Hawkstone Park Hawkstone course

    Average rating

    8

    6th January, 2017, by BIGGY67

    Played the championship course last summer so we decided to give the Hawkstone course a try and wow much better course, more natural. We played it on Sunday 30th October. The cost of the round was great £18 but the cost of the buggy i thought was a bit of a rip off £30 far to much. The course it's self was very nice. Fairways well maintained and green true and fast. Lots of great looking holes with some awesome views of the Hawkstone Park Follies. I will play it again but ill walk next time.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    8

    2 courses, 2 different challenges

    Average rating

    8.2

    18th September, 2015, by Ram Golf Society

    Stayed and played both courses. The Hawkstone Course was wet after a deluge the day before but in very playable condition and the greens remained fast and true. Again, external factors (rain and more rain) meant we were unable to use buggies on the Championship Course the day after but again, although wet underfoot and muddy in places the course played well. Asking our group to state the better of the 2 courses and the Championship course just about got the decision. Both worth a game.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    7

    Sunday night stay over

    Average rating

    8.6

    22nd July, 2015, by bluesimo

    Played both these courses on a Sunday driver one night stay over. Both courses are always in very good condition with the Hawkstone probably my favourite out of the two. Hospitality also vey good and all very good value for around 100 quid.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Played 14.06.15 with Royal Oak Golf Society

    Average rating

    8.6

    22nd June, 2015, by mhunt1985

    A great day!! Weather did a bit of everything, which made for a enjoyable day. My good shots were rewarded and any poor shots weren't overly punished. Only downside with the course for me were the bunkers. One or two were flooded, and the sand in them all was almost solid. But the quality of the greens more than made up for that. With regards to the hospitality, the staff and facilities were great, only issue was there wasn't any cider on tap at the bar. All in all, definitely a course ill be looking forward to playing again.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    8

    Royal Oak Golf Society

    Average rating

    7.6

    22nd June, 2015, by NickLott

    We played the older Hawkstone course which looking at other reviews seems to be the preferred course of most players. I played the championship course last year but dont remember much about it which says a lot I suppose. Other than the great views and surroundings of the back 9 in particular I dont think I,ll remember much about this course either. For me there were no real stand out holes, nothing to get exited about. Even now, a week after playing, I'm finding it hard to think of any individual holes.

    Good points were the greens, which played true and consistent, with some challenging pin positions, and the hospitality. It is a great venue for a day out and our society all enjoyed the day, me included, but the course just didn't do it for me.

    Course

    5

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    9

    Hawkstone Course - Royal Oak Golf Soc

    Average rating

    9

    19th June, 2015, by tommyr

    Played the Hawkstone course with our society. In my eyes, a much nicer course than the Championship course which we played last year. In fact, that was the common view of most of us. The front 9 was good, but the back was fantastic starting with a brilliant par 5 on the 10th. The view from the tee was amazing. Other holes to look out for are the par 3 12th, par 4 13th and par 4 17th. Both those par 4s have blind tee shots before firing down to inviting greens.

    The greens and tee boxes were all in good condition. The pace of play was good - this was contradictory a little to what I'd read before - maybe it was just one of those days. There were plenty of societies out that day too.

    Hospitality fantastic - we had a meal afterwards and when the manager asked if we wanted more chips, I'm not quite sure what answer he thought he'd get.

    This was one of our societies majors and it had a fitting venue. A great track and I'm looking forward to going back very soon.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    10

    Championship Course

    Average rating

    8

    19th June, 2015, by sterow16

    Played with a society, great value for money. Course in good shape. Quite tight on the front 9, well worth a visit

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    Hawkstone Park 12th July 2015 with Rotal Oak Golf Society

    Average rating

    8.6

    17th June, 2015, by Armyboy

    Had a great day out at this venue. We played the older more established Hawkstone course here but there is also a newer championship course as well as a hotel and a large clubhouse with conference facilities and good visitors locker rooms with showers etc. Staff in the clubhouse were very welcoming, service was good as was the food both before and after our round. There are plenty of practice facilities available which I probably should have taken more time to use judging on my iron play which included an air shot and a massive divot out of the teebox on 7 both of which I haven't done in a long long time.(apologies to the greenkeeping staff) However even though my game wasn't that sharp the course is set up very fairly for a society in my opinion meaning I could still get my ball in the hole in a reasonable fashion despite not having my A game. Greens are good and consistent, fairways are tight in places but the rough wasn't too penal meaning it was easy enough to find balls that went a little off line. The bunkers could do with some new sand as there wasn't much in them and they were wet and compacted. There are some really good holes on this course with some great scenery as a backdrop and we were lucky enough to get a flypast by the red arrows and a typhoon eurofighter from a nearby raf base which just added to the day. I will defenitely play here again at some point and you should too!

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    Average set up

    Average rating

    8.2

    29th October, 2014, by Sumo ds

    Played and stayed end of September and been here many times over the years. It's is a difficult one to review as it can be fantastic value if you get the right deal. But the courses are what they are, the set up caters for high volumes of visitors and societies and therefor the course and facilities can be a bit tired.

    The layout of the courses is reasonable and Although not the best you will play you have to remember the cost of the round.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10