4 reviews of Badgemore Park Golf Club
This is an excellent course. Decent course layout with the holes never becoming monotonous; good tee boxes, excellent fairways and greens. The only week hole is probably the par 3 4th that's instantly forgettable short hole. My favourite holes were probably the short par 4 12th and 15th holes.
The pro shop was well stocked an friendly staff. The only downside was the clubhouse.. it felt more lick a hotel bar then a golf clubhouse with nothing of the golf course being visible from it.
Apart from that, a very good morning had by all, will return again soon
Turning up here you can't fail to be impressed with the golf club, and when you get to play it you find that the course isn't too far behind in matching it.
The staff were all very friendly, the bar was certainly very pleasant, and we were wished a "good round" by some (I assume) members as we made our way to the tee.
There are a few longish par 3/4's on the front 9, but there are a number of shorter par 4's on the back 9 to make up for it. My favourite looking hole was probably the par 3 13th, where you have to play over a valley to a green nestled in front of trees.
As mentioned before, there are a fair few left to right doglegs to overcome on the back 9, some of which need a decent lengthed tee shot to get you to the corner.
The course was a little dry, although that is to be expected given the recent conditions, but the greens were very good. I didn't think that the rough was as tough as I expected, given the comments earlier.
I would certainly advise people to give this place a go.
First impressions of Badgemore was very good. Pro shop staff were friendly and clubhouse looked nice for an after round drink. On the course the rough was really long, and I mean really long. You could be 10 yards of the green and your ball could be 5-6 inches deep in rough. I can see what they were trying to do by making a relatively open course tighter but it can be very frustrating when you hit a pretty good shot and end up losing a ball due to the thickness of the rough. This is a course where you need ball spotters on most holes.
Having got over the length of the rough I really enjoyed my round, the back nine is by far the most interesting with the front nine being a little bit 'back to back up and down' style holes. The back nine uses more of the natural contours of the land and there are some pretty impressive holes. If you like left to right dog legs then this is your course. I think there were 4 or 5 on the back nine! The greens were very good, true and fast and the general up keep was great. Would recommend this course to all who are looking for a round of golf near Henley, especially if you want to play at the weekend.
PS Beware of the car-park at the back of the 18th its a bit too close to the green for my liking.
First time playing at this club lovely surroundings but found some of the tee offs a bit dounting as there were no directional markers. The course it self was in an immaculate condition, cant say much about the staff as i only met the guy in the pro shop taking the money. One thing that people should know about the course is that if you have to play in front of a competion dont take to long trying to put your ball in the hole as they complain saying it slows up play I was under the impression that while on the green it made the difference between losing or winning the hole.
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