17 reviews of Bawtry Golf and Country Club
The course was in a real mess, still off the winter tees on most holes! This may be understandable considering the winter we have had, but the grass tees are non existent, with many tee off areas resembling a baron waste land. The greens were bobbly and had too much grass on them and were generally patchy. We got a reduced rate for our society from £35 to £25, due to the condition, but this stil felt like too much. The course is also pretty boring, the front 9 a straight forward non event. Won't be returning on my own orin our society. They need to up their game!
The course is in lovely condition if you only consider the greens and the fairways. The greens run true and the approach shots can be played from perfect lies. Be warned though, now that the grass is growing, no attempt has been made to keep the rough under control. If you stray more than 5 yards from the fairway then it is likely that you will spend your allotted 5 minutes trying to find your ball with very little likelihood of success.
Because of this it is not unusual to have 5+ hour rounds of golf.
Played the course from the yellows and whites on a few occasions and found it enjoyable. The greens are fast and true and generally a pleasure to putt on. The course is maintained to a high standard and the club seems very progressive in that it has different events, plenty of comps for members, great pro shop, nice practice area, ect.
I would say the course offers a tough challenge with its main defense been its length. It is open enough from most tee's where you have to hit a very poor shot to find the really penal rough. The one problem i have with the layout is that the variety isnt great-a lot of holes seem like your always hitting woods and rescue's a lot-there arent many mid/short iron approaches so not all areas of your game feel like they are tested, particularly your iron accuracy. The course can get dry and hard in summer aswell and you find yourself having to land your approach 25 yards short so your ball can roll up.
Generally though its a thumbs up for Bawtry. I wouldnt put anyone off trying this course as its always enjoyable and welcoming.
I've played here 4 times now in the last five years, first couple of times I played it was dire. Just played last Saturday the first time after they have completed all renovations... and I can't believe the transformation. What was always a challanging layout has been made much better by carpet like fairways, fast immaculate greens and even the bunkers finally had proper raked sand in them.
The clubhouse looks great now and the staff were welcoming.
The practice facilities are great now with a much improved driving range putting greens and even a pitching and chipping facility.
After many years playing different courses in South Yorks I think I may have found somewhere I actually want to join.
Only downside, after a busy bank holiday weekend they'd run out of Magners... damn
Played here in late July and as mentioned in earlier reports the greens had suffered some damage, however all proper greens were in use and most of them were only damage in small places which did not really affect putting.
While the course could not be described as a classic, the green fees of £28 for the day represented good value for money and i would certainly visit here again.
My only complaint would be a couple of rather ignorant green keeping staff who didn't seem to have any regard for players whatsoever. One of whom actually kicked a ball out of the way so he could cut the grass and then continued cutting just a few feet from where we were playing our shots.
All in all a good value for money date out.
As mentioned in a previous report I was a little apprehensive in playing this course with the negative comments. Thankfully the course played really well. Yes, granted the odd green does need repair but this is ongoing and looks like the club have this in hand. The area for repair is generally no bigger than 6 inch square and well away from the current pin position which is no problem as some of the greens are vast. I can state that from knowledge having had a 90 foot putt on one green, which I made in 2!! It must be said this does not detract from otherwise excellent receptive greens with borrows and gives in all the right places.
The tees are excellent with good signs on every green directing you to the next tee. The fairways are in cracking condition at present and are set out perfectly. Although the course is not particularly long some tight fairways with semi rough and then heavy rough make it a good test and not somewhere where you can just hit your drive as hard as possible not fearing a hook or slice, the heavy rough means ball lost or a drop it wasnt nice stuff.
The clubhouse was welcoming and the food was ok, perfectly acceptable for a lunch.
The only issue I had was a member of the greenkeeping staff. Whilst waiting on the tee of a short driveable par 4 the green/fringe sit on lawnmower was whizzing around, no probs initially but when he carried on for at least 3 minutes knowing we were waiting was a little annoying. Unfortunately it only got worse, one of the drives just slipped off the back of the green, so during our walk to the green he carried on cutting and when he got to the offending ball he decided just to kick it 10yds out of his way! After placing the ball back to its original position my playing partner started to line up his putt only for the greenstaff to drive up to within 5 foot of my partner engine still on and very noisy. He was politely asked to drop back 10 yards or so and give us time to finish off to which he replied I have priority and Ill do what I want!!!
Apologies for finishing on a sour note but its the things like that you remember about the course and not the other very good uninterrupted 35 holes we also played. So all in all £28 for the day ticket was very good value.
I played at Bawtry this weekend and may I say how impressed I was. I am shocked to see the other negative feedbacks on the page. Yes they have had some vandalism on their greens, but the temps we played on are better than the actual greens at some clubs, besides the greens looked like they are growing back nicely. Beautiful lush fairways and tees to play off. I understand that the clubhouse has recently been renovated and has only been open for a few weeks but what a superb job they have made of it. It certainly is a five star clubhouse. One of the best I have seen, and the food was superb. I'll certainly return.
What a joke, this course was disgusting. I booked two 4 balls through Teetimes and also went onto their website. There was no mention of damaged greens (16 out of the 18 cannot be played on), only when we had turned up. Some of my friends had travelled 60+ miles to play. Also the clubhouse etc is being refurbished, so the facilities were a portakabin (again not mentioned). I was embarrased to have recommended this course to my friends. I can safely say we will not return, nor should anybody else. If the club had asked for £5.00 it would have been too much, but to charge £12.00!!!!
very very disappointed...played here...tuesday 11th march 2008....now i know the greens have been sabbotaged..yes every one has had some type of weed killer on the grass..i know that we are still classed as been in the winter season...but i played here with a friend and the whole course is attrocious...bunkers half filled with sand...fairways..unkempt.. we had temp green and temp tees on every hole...now as i said before we played in winter,but then to charge me £12 for a round of golf..( played with a member) was a bit of a joke really....yet again non members of golf courses expected to supplement the green fees...... i thought when the staff in the pro shop took my money he looked a little embarrased.wont be playing here for a while....the course is a little bland too...not much in the way of hazard..
Well, what can I say about this course!?
Beautiful fairways, greens and scenery. A test for golfers of all standards but not too daunting for beginners either. I recently returned to the game after an 8 year lay off due to illness so I was a little rusty to say the least but after a couple of holes everything dropped into place. This was aided by the forgiving nature of the first hole. This said I did lose 5 balls during my round!
Given the recent bad weather this course is very well drained and I only encountered a couple of patches of standing water. Bunkers, rough and trees are all well looked after and for £18 weekday it is not beyond my meagre means. I will definitely play this course again in the future and would recommend the course to anybody.
ps if you find my balls they are yours!
Played this course for the 1st time 4 weeks ago and been back every week after that. For 25pounds at the weekend it is great value for money.The course is nice and flat and every hole is as good as the rest. The par 3 8th is a good par 3 if you dont select the right club your ball will go for a wash closely watched by the heron. The 15th hole is a nice short par 4 259 yards but it will look shorter choose your club wisely. The greens look flat in places but dont trust your eyes the ball turns when you dont expect it to tho they are fast. Play this course if you havent already you will not be disappointed.
I played this course a while ago now and was delighted by the condition of it i had no gripes at all. The cost i felt was value for money, a par 73 for £15 cant be bad!
I thought the greens were especially good rolling fast and true.
In responce to the comment about the staff continuing to cut would you rather play to an evenly cut green and guarantee the speed being the same, or play to an unevenly cut one. Im prepared to wait the five minutes it takes while the staff do the job we'd all moa about were it left. Perhaps im slightly biased with previous experience working on a course but...
Well I must say that i wasnt holding out too Much Promise after hearing a few bad reports about this course going down hill... But then i spoke to a few People who said it was bouncing back due to new ownership.. so i took the plunge to play it.. 1st Impressions are very Good, I often use the driving Range here which is good value at around £1.50 for 50 odd balls.. The Course Is Dangerous with Very Heavy Rough Lining the Now Decent fairways.. The 8th is probably the Signature hole which is a lovely par 3 guarded by a nice Pond/Rockery in front of the green.. there is a Decent amount of Semi Rough to catch the slightly off target shot, but anything more off target and you`ll do well to recover.. which makes it a real Test.. One very Big Positive is the Greens, these are in suberb condition and play much faster than Any greens ive played on before.. making putting a great Challenge... My Only Disapointment during the round was that the Greenkeeping staff seamed Oblivious to the fact that people were trying to play golf while they was working... having to wait 5 mins for a lwan cutter to finish before you can play is not fun... why not pull to the side and let people through?? this is what other courses do? On the Whole at £15 per round and No Discount schemes it could be considered slightly expensive for this area.. but its a good course and one id love to play again... The new Airport has just opened so you get to see the planes coming in and out which adds to the Scenery..
This course has just been taken over by a new owner club house.
Staff were delightful - however DO NOT PLAY here for 12 months. Fairways there were none I
I found my self aiming for the semi rough just to find grass greens moderate,tees well mmmmmmm.
Decent long course but has been abused by previous owner. So leave it alone for a while is my advice. you will be disapointed.
Recent course improvements include addition of a number of strategically placed fairway pot bunkers, making club selection off the tee an important factor where before it was driver every time. This adds spice to the previously straightforward short holes, the par4 12th and (especially)13th. Do you have a go or lay up short? Seek the reward of a short pitch and real birdie chance, or risk the sand and perhaps an embarrasing 6?
At present the course improvements are very recent (the pond needs more work) and it may take a season for the scars to settle and the turf to grow. New sand in the bunkers make them a joy for a change!
Cutting of the fairways and the semi-rough are varied and sometimes imaginative. Some are cut tight. Others appear more generous - but the bail-out areas don't always give the best line.
The long (618 yd)par 5 16th and 474 yd par 4 7th are a little too long for me off the back tees, but shorten to 553 and 395 yds to make more realistic challenges off the yellow tees.
Whilst there may be few dramatic features, apart from the pond in front of the par 3 17th, the course requires thought and a tactical approach to score low. The wrong line (even with a well struck drive in the fairway)will often leave your approach blocked by trees.
Quiet and remote, nothing apart from the clubhouse) but fields and trees on the horizon at any point on the course. At weekends the members all seem to play in the morning. In the evening the course is all but empty, peaceful, totally relaxing.
Best hole? Possibly par 4 (373yd) 18th, narrow green protected by trees front right requiring a drive down the tight left side of the fairway to give a line in. Or par 5 (498yd) 5th, try (and probably fail) to carry a ditch on the second shot or lay up safe but leave a blind 8/9 iron approach off an up-and-sidehill lie.
A long course with little in the way of features. This course is all about distance - if you can hit it long you'll have a good day! I wouldn't recommend this course is played in winter though as the temporary greens are very poor. Good, friendly clubhouse available.
Some difficuilt holes, 10 holes over 400 yards with ditches out of bounds and fairway bunkers make you think from the tees.
618 yard par 5 7th tests the best for distance a course planner at 50p was the best buy of the day. On our visit the greens were very good, all round a good day out that golfers of all handicaps could get something out of...... Worth a visit.
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