14 reviews of Barcelo Shrigley Golf Course
I played 2 rounds altogether and found the course very challenging. However I am a high handicap golfer and still managed to enjoy it, particularly the second round once I had got more used to its peculiarities. Every hole presents a challenge of one sort or another and it is very hilly so, unless you are very fit, hiring a buggy is a necessity to fully enjoy. Many of the fairways have steep slopes to the left or right combined with hills and dips which means that your ball lands out of sight from your tee and fairway shots and is often nowhere near where you expected it to be. The greens are not the best I have come across (nor the worst!) but it is evident that work is being done to improve them. Having said that I sank more long puts then usual!
Reception staff in the clubhouse were very helpful and friendly.
Played this course on last Saturday of March 2014 - what a huge disapointment
We had played perviously some 6 years back and found the course in good condition and a real challenge, how times have changed
The greens were by far the worst we have ever played in all our society visits to many clubs, our fairways at our local club are much better than these greens thats how bad they are. I can understand they may have to be worked on at this time of year (no sign of any work by the way), but they hadnt been cut and were very patchy and bare in places. The bunkers were very poor and hardly had any sand in them - the whole course was in very poor condition and seems that there had been no maintenance at all on the course. Maybe the hotel has lost income and have had to make cut backs in the company, but its such a shame as the layout is fantastic. With a little TLC and some money spent this could be one of the best courses in the NW, great layout and some fantastic holes.
What is not acceptable is the attitude of some of the staff here at Shrigley. when we booked the pro was very helpful and couldnt do enough for us so he is exempt from this, but the staff here are a disgrace. We booked our day some 5 months previous, and then found out nearer the time it landed on a important football game that we wanted to watch so we cancelled our meal after the golf. On arrival in the morning we were informed that we couldnt have a breakfast because we had cancelled our evening meal and upset the chef!!
All this while various other parties were enjoying breakfast. The girl serving the tea and coffee couldnt have been more miserable and rude if she tried, and really should be working as a undertaker or tax inspector
One last irritation was when we came to settle tha balance before our round. The assistant pro insisted we hadnt paid our £100 deposit, even though i told him we had. After several minutes of looking he finally found it and accepted our balance. No mention of any apology for strongly doubting us, even though its company policy by Shrigley to pay at time of booking.
If this course invests in some green keepers and replaces the staff with some polite, curtious people (pro excluded) they maybe they will avoid going bust in the next couple of years.
We wont be going back
Reviews wont allow me to put no stars against Green conditions, value and staff service it has to be one star. Trust me, this is way to high, especially for the staff who really need to look for a career change
Invited as a guest to a society outing on 14th August 2012. First time I have played Shrigley and I can safely say the last. Whilst the course is pretty to look at I found it utterly unenjoyable to play. The first four holes were nondescript, parked in an open field and totally detached from the remaining 14 holes. Lots and lots of blind shots which for a first timer was a nightmare. The greens were a disgrace - cored and excessively sanded in every case, patchy in length and therefore completey inconsistent to the point of being unplayable. The fairways were cut long on many holes to combat the ridiculous cambers, resulting in little run on good shots and punitive rough if straying off line at all. Many of the tee boxes were unkempt and uneven, with yellow tees actually in front of the reds. The final straw for me was on the 15th hole where we found a temp tee waiting for us - in AUGUST!!!. For a large golf society paying £27 per person per round I found this wholly unacceptable. Off the course was no better. Although the clubhouse was a nice, modern building, the shower room had no soap, cold water out of the showers and malfunctioning lights. Staff were surly, seemed bereft of friendliness and were clearly delighted to see out the door at 9.30pm. For a corporate hotel to maintain a golf course so poorly, to offer such poor facilities and unfriendly service in exchange for nearly £50 per person for a day out can only be described as daylight robbery. I felt genuinely sorry for the society organisers who had to take a lot of (quite justifiable) flak from the society members.
Played with my 13 year old son for a total of £30 teeing off at 215pm on a saturday twilight ticket (Mid March prices).
Getting the moans out of the way first-the first four holes were as bland a collection of holes that ive ever seen on a golf course (played about 50 courses) and the green to most if not all 18 holes were pretty slow- suppose with it being mid March there could be excuses for that. and were we were also behind a pathetically slow two ball who at no time offered to let us play through.
Now the good bits. from 5-18 the holes were absolutely superb with a brilliant par three downhill hole with an island green (8th).Most holes were on a slope which made shot selections sometimes very difficult.
We walked round and in all honesty should have had a buggy as from round the 7th onwards there some VERY steep hills and by the 17th- another steep up hill climb i was totally worn out. Thepro shop was very limited but stocked the basics. Overall the goodpoints outweighed the bad and for £15 each great value for money. Living in Southport it was a 100 mile round trip to play this course and had a good day and would like to return when the greens were a bit quicker later on the year
Just finished playing, would advise using a buggy as it'll be a tiring day without one and the enjoyment of weaving around this maze of hills and corners is much more fun in a buggy. Altogether an interesting course with lots of variety, lots of hills and a good challenge. There were some wet parts but hardly anything to worry about as I never had to move a ball. Would highly recommend the course, lots of beautiful views high up in the hills of the whole south Manchester area and plenty of streams and lakes to keep you entertained
Very cheap, but very wet, really need to spend some money on drainage. Shame as its a fun layout and a good walk, with great views. Lots of litter around and generally unloved, as many of the corporate hotel courses seem to be. We were allowed to play it from the plates, which was refreshing. Might be back when it dries out, if it ever does ?
Just played this as a Bargain Break in early July 2009, 2 rounds of golf and dinner B&B, all for £75. Fantastic value. Hotel and club house staff very welcoming. Apart from one temporary green, and the odd "bare patch" all were in excellent conditions, with some tricky for those of used to putting on flat greens.
Plenty to keep your interest here. Some very tricky drives, especially the 17th (take plenty of Balls)requiring an exact drive across deep valley between trees, and a great par three, steeply down the hill into a green surrounded by water, ditches and trees. On this one, I made the most of the bridge across the stream, the first round, but bounced off of it high into the trees the second. This is not for those who like flat fairways, either, many apparently good drives disappear off to the semi-rough (well trimmed) on the left, but it rewards those who can drive straight. Overall, I thought it a really good course, even though I lost a few balls, but not one I would want to play too regularly - but great for a break.
This is one of the most picturesqe courses i have played. Deer grazing under the tree's adds to the charm of the place.
Shrigley boasts some of the most impressive and difficult to hit holes too.
Right, thats the praise over. The green's at Shrigley hall are the worst I have ever played on. I can appreciate that they were spiked a few weeks back but that doesnt take into account the sheer shabbyness of them. Municipal courses that take a hell of a lot more foot traffic than Shrigley manage to keep much better greens than this.
The tee areas too were in very poor condition.
We played with 2 fore 1 vouchers which reduced the green fee's down to £22.50 each, but that was still too much to pay for a course that seems to have seen much better days.
As for it being home to the chesire and lancashire championships..... I find it difficult to believe that any competition whatsoever will be played at shrigley while its in this condition.
Enjoyed our trip to Shrigley, though I have to say the course was very boggy when we played it. A return to play again in the summer is on the cards.
Some very interesting holes. Plenty of doglegs where good positional play of the tee is a must yet you still need to be taking a pretty long club. Tree lined fairways see the poor shot penalised quite heavily on some holes. Greens are well guarded and on some holes not the easiest to hit.
We all thought the first four holes were a bit weak, but once you get into the heart of the course it is pretty good all round. A bit up hill and down dale in parts, but not overly tiring if you play regularly.
Off course, everything was fine though we did find the food available limited and expensive. Pro shop staff very helpful.
Just come back from a golf break here, (£85 with golf and leisure breaks) A wonderful setting with great leisure facilities. The course is one of the best I've played home or abroad. Very well kept with a variety of holes, the pick for me being the 7th and 17th ,although the signature holes are the 8th and 18th. Watch out for the killer 12th, a good tee shot is required to reach the fairway, then is a steep hill upto the green,thankfully the 13th is downhill and gives you chance to get your breath back. You may also come across the odd Deer strolling across a fairway like we did. Most people seemed to hire buggies, but we walked round both days and survived. I would recommend Shrigley Hall to anyone for a golfbreak, and will certainly be going back there.
only been here once found the course in good condition but the greens were getting done in preparation for summer some were very sandy and some had been spiked with holes but all in all its ok. and would recomend buggies but make sure there fully charged.
all in all its a tidy course
played in the rain in august 04 but didnt spoil our day
freindly and helpfull staff and a superb course made it a great day out
be back next year
old engine gc, wigan
Played the course May 2004. Had a great day and the course was almost empty. Found it quite hard though as the greens are all pretty small so good iron play is a must. The course was in very good condition but with a green fee of £36 I expected better, (therefore I would strongly suggest getting hold of 2fore1 vouchers to make it worth the money). All in all a really good course which I would certainly recommend.
Tip - Get a buggy: I would regard myself as pretty fit but the hills here had me knackered by the end, especially the SI 1 (12th I think)..... massive!
Played the course on 2nd Jan 2004, and really enjoyed it. Fortunately no wind - I can imagine it being a nightmare on a breezy day, due to being on hilltops! In spite of lots of rain the previous week, course in generally good condition. Ask about the 'Winter Warmer' package - bacon roll to start, 18 holes, soup to finish - all for less than £20(weekdays only until April)! Excellent staff too.
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