Aldwark Manor Hotel Golf and Country Club
Aldwark Manor Hotel Golf and Country Club, Aldwark, Yorkshire and the Humber, England, YO61 1UF
15 reviews of Aldwark Manor Hotel Golf and Country Club
Played here as part of a 3 day golf trip taking in oakdale, rudding park and aldwark. This was easily the worst course. Layout is poor as a number of reviews state, the greens were a disgrace with most bare and a lot of fairways were in need of a bit of repair work.
There was a couple of good holes in the 14th par 5 which is a tight par 5 and the par 3 18th which is a pretty closing hole. I agree with the comment below about the 16th being a joke of a par 4. Too short even with a slight dogleg. 6 iron and a flick of a wedge is too much!
The price we paid was low but now we know why. Won't be playing her again as better courses in area.
Having read some of the reviews of this course I feel compelled to leave what I feel is a balanced comment.
Yes, at £35 on weekends it does not represent fantastic value - for a few quid more your could play Strensall or Easingwold in close proximity, both of which are 'better' courses. However, I have played there twice and paid £14 for a 09.00 start on a Saturday and £21.50 for a 10:00 start, also on a Saturday. Book through their website or teetimes.co.uk and all of a sudden I would say it is excellent value; the best round I have hade for under £25 almost anywhere.
Course Design -
Yes, at one side of the river it is cramped, and the holes will not be a challenge to a single figure handicapper, but the holes and surrondings are pretty and interesting. On the other side of the river I challenge anybody to say that is not a decent course design. It isn't the longest course, so if you putt well a good score is possible, so it wouldnt suit somebody looking for a huge test of golf, but it is by no means mickey mouse either. We played in a 4 ball and everybody enjoyed it and said they would return.
The chap who says he hit a 9 iron then a PW into the 16th must hit a long way, as its 275 yards and a bit more for the dogleg! The par 5s were all 3 shotters to all 4 of us, and two of us have handicaps in the teens.
Condition of the course -
The greens were good in places, only acceptable in others. They weren't championship greens, but they weren't championship prices. They were certianly better than the greens I have played at Scarthingwell, Forest of Galtres and Wike this year.
All in all I would certianly play there again, particularly for a friendly round with a group of friends, but I wouldn't ever pay the full weekend fee.
Bit of an odd course - the holes around the hotel look and feel as though someone had the idea one day of sticking a flag in the ground somewhere and calling it a golf hole, whereas the holes at the other side of the river feel like a proper course.
The 4th and 14th holes share the same fairway - there's no way there's enough room for two holes. At busy times it must be like being in the trenches.
Having said all that, holes 5-13 (across the river) are perfectly pleasant (if a little bland) and the 18th is a very picturesque finishing hole, the problem is that it just feels like an 18-hole course shoehorned into space that simply isn't there.
The lad in the pro-shop barely looked up when we went in, grunted about three words and returned to his computer, which was not an ideal start, but the tenner we paid on a discount tee-time website wasn't bad value, I suppose.
In summary, it's a hotel with a very average golf course attached, not the other way round, and it's in the middle of nowhere. Probably won't be returning unless I end up staying there for any reason.
Played the course on 26/7/10 at it was very enjoyable indeed. The course was in very good condition especially the greens which were very receptive and true.All in all very good value for money and a return is certainly on the cards.
playes as a 4 ball 6 aug. i rang the proshop the day before and i knew they werent open until 0800 same time as our tee time, we got off at 0750 having used the putting gren freshley cut, and obtaining 4 cards from the hotel reception, i was looking forward to this course, but was worried by some bad reports, personally its a nice course and was in great condition, the greens were true and magnificent, as per the putting green, a nice slow start par 3, and 3 par 4 s (290 yards give or take a couple of yards) yes it wa tight on the hotel side, but soon opened up once youcross the river with a par 4 456 yards and par 5 540 yards, excellent test, this course is not closed in and does have an open feel to it, for me being based at the local raf base some 27 years ago was a pleasure with the aircraft flying about, a great finishing hole one of the most scenic only matched by the old course villamoura par3 5th, yes the bad side is the 3rd green where you cross the 14th tee off and over a road , and similar on other holes where tees and greens are close by, overhall worth the visit when booked on internet, yes i would return, its enjoyable and does offer variety, and a fair challenge and i would do the sunday driver offer 2 rounds 1 nights stay with dinner and breakfast, we paid for our golf at the end of the round, and i would say give it a go, very friendley welcoming, and well signposted on the course, and you know where you are going,green keepers certainly know what they are doing enjoy your golf i did, 4 pars and 1 birdie (2nd hole) paul punter
Played midweek during early May, booked using the direct-teetimes.co.uk discount scheme which gave us a discount of around 50% at £15 each which was good value (rating based on this), it is on the expensive side at the full rate but it is a Q Hotels course, which are expensive.
The course has a good layout although the holes on the hotel side of the road are a little claustrophobic in places (1 hole in particular runs very close to the botel - a slice could easily go through a window!!), the holes on the other side of the road have much more room and make good use of the river and other water hazards.
The course was in good condition for early season with good tees and fairways, the greens were probably were the best ive played on this year - very quick and smooth running.
We had some dry weather prior to playing and the ground conditions were good but i suspect the course may not play well in wet weather / winter.
Practice facilitie are good with a decent long game area and nets but they are situated a little way from the clubhouse (near the 2nd hole), there is also a small practice green.
Played this course last week as I said I would do having missed half a dozen holes out on my last visit 12 months ago.
I have to say, if I'm honest, it wasn't really worth the return trip.
It's a decent enough track in parts, but for me there are too many really quite bland holes and the whole place is extremely clostraphobic.
The greens were very slow for the time of year and I found them generally pretty unreceptive. The easiest way to play an apporach shot was to lay up short and let your ball run on to the green.
The 11th is a decent hole, offering a real par 5 risk reward scenario. 17 is a tight driving hole, and 18 is a good looking, if short, par 3. I know it's down to opinions, but the rest are all much of a muchness. As I say, bland probably best describes it.
Clubhouse offers good bar and catering facilities but, as has been said by a previous poster, practice facilities are pretty poor. The practice area appears to be the other side of the second, which means dragging your clubs accross the first two holes to come back and tee off. If you don't fancy that, there is a net that can be best described as "knackered" the other side of the car park and a strange, pretty unkept little chipping area beside it where if you want to practice chipping above say 20 yards you're firing towards the parked cars. Bizarre - no thought gone into it whatsoever - a very strange set up.
There are far better courses in terms of quality and value for money than this in the area.
bvery good easy walking.first 2or 3 holesnot not up to much but once you get into your round you will find it most enjoyable and before you know it you are chatting to other golfers in the bar about your good and bad holes
Quite an enjoyable track. It's a fairly short parkland course, but it does demand a fair bit of accuracy. It does have a very claustrophobic feel in areas and you can feel as if you are tripping over other golfers at times. However, it has made good use of some very established parkland and not many courses start and end with a par 3!
There is good use of the Ouse as a beautiful backdrop and some challenging use of a little stream. The 14th is a gorgeous par 5 with a links feel on the 1st shot and a very challenging 2nd if you want to go for the green. The 17th has a wonderfully imposing tee shot but the signature hole is clearly the par 3 18th. As pretty a par 3 as I have seen in this country - and not that difficult either!
All in all, a gentle challenge (although not if you're wayward) with some bland holes and a couple of lovely ones.
The only practise facility available was the putting green. However, there was a practise bunker/short game area and what looked like the makings of a range but neither of these was open for use yet - apparently.
Used a 241 voucher but only got the £40 w/e rate despite playing after noon, when it is advertised at £30. Seemed a little dubious to claim that as a 'special rate' to me.
Played midweek following the awful weather we've been suffering lately.
Got to the course to find holes 6-10 closed. Unfortunately, these seem to be 5 of the better and more challenging holes according to others attending.
In terms of what I played, I would say it was a little bland, certainly in the early parts of the round. A couple of holes are quite challenging later on, made to play longer by the very wet conditions underfoot. The greens were in pretty good condition considering.
Bearing in mind that we were told to play holes 1-3 and 17 and 18 at the end of our round to play an "18", I have to say little was then done by the Club to actually accomodate this happening. The locals were far from friendly or helpful in letting us complete the round as we had been told to do so at outset.
Another visit at a later date may be an option, just to play the better holes we missed.
Played here a few weeks ago, i have to agree with the previous comment, as its not a particularly memorable course, quite plain really. Its like your playing 2 very different 9 hole courses though, as around the hotel its very tight, but when you cross the road and head out over the river it really opens up. I suspect this part of the course was maybe added later at some stage? There are a couple of decent holes on the course and if i had to pick a favourite one, then it'd be the 14th, its a good test.
The drive from Leeds looked ominous with a steady drizzle and limited visibility, not what you want for an enjoyable round in February. Fortunately, by the time we teed off, some 10 minutes early the gods had relented.
A work colleague, a member, inferred this was a short but very tight course. Some holes were, notably the last 3, but the parkland nature was reasonably forgiving to our wayward driving tendencies. Overall it was enjoyable although there weren't many outstanding holes, the par 5 10th over a lake and the next par 5 14th along the river being the pick.
What was really enjoyable was not being pushed or held up at any point in the round, something different for a mid morning Sunday.
Only let down was the inability to get any chip butty's afterwards despite an all day menu advertised on the tables. The waiter inferred the chef had gone home although there was a stream of meals coming out!
GREAT COURSE, GREAT HOTEL, GREAT WEEKEND. WILL BE GOING AGAIN FOR SHORE IT WAS THE BOY.
WHAT A GREAT GOLF BREAK went there for sun/mon golf break it was out of this world the course was great a1 , hotel brilliant ,food great staff great all in all a excellent weekend a must for any one who wishes to have a great time will defernetly be going back it was the boy !!
Impressive, peaceful hotel complex in the middle of nowhere. This course is right up there with Rudding Park as the best new courses in Yorkshire. Excellent infrastructure and attentive staff as you would expect from a hotel course. The course itself is pleasant to look at and to play, it starts and finishes in mature woodland around the hotel, the middle section heads out around and over the river into parkland with a more open feel. I played this course in late winter after a nasty bout of weather, so the condition wasn't A1, but the potential is there. With proper care and attention this will mature into a truly first class course. You could do a lot worse than book a golfing weekend here - 8/10
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