12 reviews of Barkway Park Golf Club
Played here in early Jan 2012. Disappointing start to the day as was told at the desk that the course no longer takes 2 fore 1 vouchers, despite still showing up on the website list of courses that do.
The weather was mist/fog but the play still flowed nicely after a slow start. Played with my son (h/c24 - I'm h/c18) and there was enough about the course to make it a really close stableford right to the end. Some monster length holes so you'll need to be able to hit long on a windy day. Overall a good track without being one to rush back for.
I played on the 2nd Sept 2011. This is without doubt one of the most exciting courses that I have ever played. It’s very long and you can have a real good bash on these lovely par 4 and 5 holes.
The club house and members are the most welcoming that I have met and I can’t wait to play again. This course is a jem; the greens are incredible and you will rarely lose your precious ball.
Planning a tour soon with my mates!!
from CJ, Caerleon, Newport, S Wales.
Played this course Saturday the 27th aug,2011 what a little hidden gem or should I say long.the greens are second to none and the course overall is a test for all handicaps. The fairways are in good condition maybe a few little cuts here and there might be an idea. But against some courses in the surrounding area there are not better greens anywhere. The staff and other members were all really pleasant and friendly
Overall I will return to this course very soon and encourage others I know try and find better greens and better value for money locally
A lot of hard work has gone into improving Barkway over the past few years and an already challenging course has been made more testing with the addition of a few hundred fast growing and strategically placed trees have make this a course to put in the diary. Par 74, best part of 7,000yds off the yellows, probably the best greens in Essex, friendly staff and members, reasonable green fees and all year round tees and greens make this a course to come back to time and again. The changing rooms leave a little to be desired but that's not where you spend your time and the clubhouse and bar are certainly good enough to be able to relax with food and a pint.
With a choice of tees, black/white/yellow/blue and red, there's something here for all standards of golfer and me and friends enjoy playing at Barkway very much indeed.
Played this course recently in a corporate day and must say I was disappointed with it after reading the reviews here. The greens were good but apart from that I found the course very boring and the fairways were in very poor condition. The fairways were bare and looked more like a dry rugby pitch in summer than a golf course.
The clubhouse staff were very friendly and welcoming but the clubhouse itself isnt very attractive. The changing rooms and toilets were in a very poor state of repair.
I had high hopes for this course reading that it was a hidden gem from its website. There are certainly much better courses in Hertfordshire for less money. A long course but you can afford to spray it all over on most holes.
played today in bright sunshine. very very supprised how good and how dry the course was considering the recent rain. the greens run very true and hold high shots in very well. the bunkering is fantastic(ie right were you dont want them).
this is a good test of golf and driver is not always the best club off the tees. a lovely club house awaits with very friendly staff (and good beer and food). the only thing this course could do with is a driving range...but well worth a visit
Very good course. That is not the best course, but brilliant value for money especially on membership!
I played this course last September, and last week and have to say that it has so much potential if only the owners had the finances to realise it.
There is so much space here - the back tees almost stretch to over 7000 yards, and it looks like they are building a few new tees which will make it well over 7k. Off the yellows it's only a mere 6600 or so.
The course is a beast when the wind blows, and boy did it blow last week! Some of the par 5's were 3 good slaps into the wind. Its not just a long schlep though.
There's ditches, water, hedgerows on many of the holes. 1,2,3(best hole),4,7,8 & 9 are all decent holes on the front 9. 11,13,14,16 & 17 will all test your skills on the back 9.
I'm 16 h/c and struggled to break 90, but the wind was a big factor. So I would say that this is a stern and demanding test for what is fundamentaly a low standard course, but one that is definitely worthwhile.
On the day I played though I would say that it didn't seem that the greens and tees had seen a mower for a while, but apparently that's not the normal approach here.
Give it a go,, particularly of a 2fore1 or greenfree voucher you won't regret it.
quite a tough course for people who cannot drive the ball a long way,the greens are not to difficult.the staff are helpfull and the club has a good pro shop.
A tough track when the wind blows, fairly open and generous fairways but long enough to make it a challenge. Greens always good, staff helpfull a welcoming, good value.
no temporary tees,greens are always on except when there is frost,some tough and long holes,very few trees but still maturing,all in all a nice course with friendly pro and staff.
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