17 reviews of Belmont Lodge and Golf Course
20th July. 2013
Our Society played here yesterday, July 19th.
With the heat-wave well under way it was extremely hot (never thought I’d ever write that!), but although the ground was very hard the course is standing up to it pretty well, and very few areas are noticeably scorched.
It’s quite a pretty course, and four of the holes (on the back nine), play alongside the River Wye.
You’d imagine then that it would be quite flat, but apart from these and a couple more the rest of them are ‘undulating’ to say the least, and unless you’re pretty fit you’ll certainly need a buggy.
The course is in good condition and obviously well looked after, although the rough is fierce and you’ve little or no chance of finding your ball, let alone playing it.
Fortunately though, there’s not too much of it.
There is quite a bit of woodland, and many individual trees, but if you keep it on the fairway then no problems.
There are also several small ponds and ditches, some of them at deceptive distances, but a course planner shows these.
(The planner is not the best I’ve ever used, by the way - things such as ‘old tree’ don’t exactly narrow it down).
The greens are quite fast but true, and some of them are noticeably ‘domed’, so that if you just miss you’re suddenly several feet past.
All in all though, the course is a decent test for the average golfer but without being really frightening.
The clubhouse is a bit of a contradiction.
From a distance it looks to be a magnificent Stately Home, but closer inspection shows it to be mainly closed up, and the facilities are confined to part of the ground floor.
This said, there are all the facilities you could reasonably wish for and the bar prices seemed very fair.
My only slight gripe would be that, our society having sat down to dinner, the caterers then ushered in another party, who carried on chatting (quite loudly) during our announcements, so that many of us could barely hear the results.
Not very polite, but I suppose that’s people for you.
Most enjoyable and certainly worth a visit, but anybody with the slightest doubt about physical fitness will need a buggy.
Played here yesterday (30th July) and was slightly underwhelmed at the course. The front nine play on the side and top of the hill which overlook the river valley - the first and second were very claustrophobic with trees and thick under storey growth surrounding the greens as well as having long walks between holes. The third opens out although plays to a severe left to right sloping fairway which was difficult to hold. Four is a tough long uphill par 3 with a green that slopes from back to front. Five and six are short par 5's played up and down the top of the hill. Seven is a lovely par 3 played slightly uphill to a plateau green with drop offs front, left and rear so accuracy is key. Eight is a dog-leg left where you drive must make the corner if you are to try and reach the green with your second, which is played slightly up then downhill. The green has a very narrow entrance and a huge bunker / mound protecting the right front which gives an unbalanced look to the green. Nine is a potentially drivable par 4 which demands a drawn tee shot around a mature tree if you are to have any chance of making the green, which also has drop offs left, right and rear.
Whilst the front nine unquestionably improves slightly as the round goes on - the amount of long walks and unkempt thick tertiary rough which is more than in play makes for an awkward outward nine.
The back nine begins immediately adjacent to the small pro shop with a short drop shot par 3 which only requires a wedge to reach the green - a large hill to the left aides a pulled tee shot back on to the putting surface. The eleventh is a long par 4 played from a pulpit tee down into the river valley in which the back nine holes are routed. As with the first nine the first couple of holes here feel very claustrophobic with trees both left and right which would be best thinned out to offer more space and views up and down the valley. Thirteen is a mid length par 5 which plays alongside the river and gives more of an open feel even if going right costs you a shot. Beware when on the green of drives coming from the eleventh tee as it sits dangerously close to the landing area for that hole. Fourteen is a great par 3 - 180 yards - to a two tier green protected on the right by deep grass and sand bunkers. Fifteen is a dog-leg right par 4 which is protected by a large fairway bunker directly on the line of a preferred drive - the green is deeper than it looks from the tee and is guarded by a large bunker front right. Sixteen has yet another large tree on the driving line a la the ninth - however the ideal line to attack the green in this case is down the left of the tree - a thin sliver of space between the tree and the practice area, bizarrely though the fairway is only cut to the right of the tree which forces you right and brings the green side bunkers more into play. Seventeen, a longish par 5, has a drive which forces you into the trees on the right as the fairway falls dramatically to the left - the green is also a lie of the land affair and slopes severely from right to left and could be unplayable in very dry weather. The eighteenth is a short par 4 which dog-legs right and up a very steep hill to a two-tier green protected at the front by a deep bunker. It is an unfortunate finishing hole and doesn't really sit well with the rest of the course.
As with the front nine there is a lot of thick rough which ideally needs thinning out - also some of the fairway mow lines don't make sense and force you away from the best line to the green.
As a course I was happy that I had ticked it off but it won't be on my list for a return play - it has the potential to be improved dramatically and given a more open and airy feel which would suit it better and improve the playing experience.
The clubhouse sits in the hall and is a modern affair and has a hotel-esque style and a sanitised feel, however, the staff were very pleasant and efficient.
Day one of our tour of the West midlands, we started at an old favourite, The Belmont on the outskirts of Hereford. Nice little Pro shop staffed by enthusiastic Pro, started early as the course was fairly quiet. The first 6/7 holes had suffered from the earlier dry spring, and were quite bare in many places. We played in some of most severe winds I have ever experienced on a golf course as a result of the tail end of the hurricane arriving from the U.S. just keeping a ball on the green was almost impossible, and with climbs to some greens we watched balls being blown either off the back or back down the fairway towards you.
The back nine follows the river at a much lower level, and was more playable and enjoyable. Overall, the greens were reasonable, a few a little bare, 150 yard markers could be a little more prominent, and a couple of tee boxes were too close for comfort to greens just played.
But overall a pleasant course to start our five day tour of the area. (Monday 12/9/2011)
Played this course on the last weekend of July and it was in superb condition. Greens were fantastic and the fairways etc. very well manicured with little divot damage. Definitely a course of two halves. With the back nine being down in the valley by the river it was much flatter than the hillier front nine. However, both nines were very enjoyable and had some good holes, even if one was a bit easier on the legs!
Unfortunately there was a large society there the same day which slowed things down a bit, but the company was good and we were in no rush so it wasn't the end of the world. Stayed in the hotel and played again on the Saturday and have to say we found the service and standard of accomodation very acceptable.
Best thing about it was that two rounds, dinner bed and breakfast was only £39 per person. For that price I wasn't expecting much, but got a lot. Would definitely go back.
Played course 1/7/11. Enquired prior to booking whether course was busy and told it was quiet. Arrived played 4 holes and came to a standstill. 10 minute wait on greens. A mixed fourball in front of poor standard. Gave up after playing 9 holes although we paid for 18. Later found out that there was a comp on that we had not been informed of. Very poor complained but no responce.Will not be going back.
Played here on a VERY special deal on 7h & 8th April, 1 night plus 2 rounds of golf and got change from £10.00. The course was in good condition, but the greens had been spiked and top dressed, and with no rain they were quite sandy which made putting rather unpredictable, also we were off mats on all tees and this shortened the course. But, that said, this is still a good course to play, the front nine has more slopes and rises, and the back runs alongside the river and is thus flatter. The 18th can be tough if you dont take enough club and end up in the bunker. Playing the tenth often attracts viewers to stand and watch one play to see if you can keep it on the green and how close your tee shot is to the pin.
All the staff from the hotel reception and dinning room through to the pro shop were friendly and helpful, the rooms very adequate with good facilities, except perhaps the shower. The food quality was good and nice range of drinks at the bar.
This is an ideal place for a short break with friends, offering a fair challenge on the course and reasonable prices in the clubhouse.
Cracking course, we really enjoyed playing it. Golf staff very friendly and helpful. Hotel was fine with good size rooms that were clean and tidy. Had to wait about 20 minutes to be served at the bar, even though there was no one else in the place. The breakfast was not so great with the chef not willing to cook certain items that were stated on the menu! The breakfast at TESCO's 0.5 miles down the road was better value and quality!! All in all we will definatly go back, just not bother with the food.
Have just returned from playing 2 rounds with an overnight stay at Belmont Lodge, and I'm already planning when I can go back again.
Firstly, playing in the middle of February and less than a week after heavy snow we were amazed to find the course fully open. Even more impressive is the fact that all regular greens were in use - and playing consistently and true - and fast!
A fair challenge right around the course for us both - one mid- and one high-handicapper, with opportunities for points for all abilities. Course condition was good all round considering the recent snow and some of the views were spectacular. In summer I imagine some of the par 4s can be threatened from the tee when the fairways run well.
Excellent staff, good bar and great food made it a memorable couple of days. Will be going back soon.
4 of us played 54 holes from 19/10/07 to 21/10/07 and we enjoyed every minute of it.
Fantastic food and the staff were very helpful.
Situated just outside Hereford on the beautiful River Wye in a parkland setting, this is a course of two distinct 9's. The first is hilly, running away from the river round a hill, the back 9 playing in the relatively flat meadows running alongside the river. Each of the 9's has its own distinct flavor which adds to the variety of the play but also splits a game into two separate halves - its what you remember about the round.
The Lodge itself is an impressive hotel standing high above the river with superb view of the back 9 and the river from the popular patio area outside the bar. Because the Lodge is halfway up the hill the 10th is a short 122 yard par 3 leading steeply down the hill to the river meadows and the final 100yds of the 18th turns steeply up the hill to the Lodge making for a rather artifical start and end of the back 9, although the 10th could be compared to the short 106yd par 3 at Pebble - minus the Pacific ocean. The course is well maintained and the greens play true.
Despite the fact that there are some quirks to this course it is enjoyable to play with several holes including the par 4 1st playing much harder than it looks - make sure you hit the fairway off the tee and don't be timid as this is a hard green to hit from a long way back. I find the front 9 plays much harder than the back with the 459 yard 3rd and the 176yd par 3 4th also presenting a challenge - you need to have your game together from the start when playing Belmont Lodge. These tough starting holes and the hilly front 9 give way to a much calmer and easier feeling when playing the back 9 in the meadow, which is the reverse feeling of many courses where the tough holes end the round. I think this is one of the reasons Belmont Lodge feels slightly different from other courses you play.
At 6,511 yards from the back tees this is reasonably long with no really weak holes unless you have an issue with the 10th. I am a low handicapper from the US and always try and play this when I am in the area and suggest you do the same.
Excellent course, especially the back nine alongside the river. Good fast greens. Excellent clubhouse and friendly staff. Recommended.
What a gem !! Welcomed by helpful & friendly staff & fellow golfers (which are sometimes hard to find)Played with the sun shining which made the views even better. The Golf course is tight in places & club selection is important. Greens were fast & immaculate, fairways neat & tidy, hazards were hazardous (some Seve shots required if you go astray). This course has got the lot. Well worth a visit & on 2fore1's an absolute bargain. Will definately return again soon.
Our Society of 20 played this course on 8th May. Very efficient and set off exactly at the booked time. Greens exceptionally fast, go beyond the pin and the undulations can make the ball very difficult to stop. The rough was generally very long and could make an offline shot difficult to find. Some good holes on both nines but you need to be patient, straight and accurate to achieve a good score.
3 of us booked a 1 night DB&B 36 holes package through GolfBreaks.com
Excellent stay, top quality food & accomodation, great value for money.
Course was in good condition for March, some greens have been damaged by disease but this was not a major problem. Everyone in Lodge & Pro-shop were very helpful & friendly.
Highly recommended & will return for sure.
One last thing, if you see a ball stuck up the oak tree at the front of the 7th green, it's ours!
Not having played the course for the past 5 years i can see just how much it has improved, as the friendly assistant professional was keen to tell me.The front nine is quite demanding due to the hilly nature and although the fairways were very hard due to sustained good weather, the greens were in excellent condition. It is the back nine of this course though, that really impresses as it runs alongside the river in a truly delightful setting.It is a course where an average player can enjoy a good day
Very nice course which is well sheltered by hills and tree's and boasts the River Wye as a water hazard. Extremely challenging with lots of mature tree hazards. Beautiful clubhouse with stately home appearance from the outside bet relatively small inside. Friendly and helpfull staff made it a very enjoyable day out.
An ideal course and hotel for a weekend society break.The staff are welcoming,with excellent food and a good value for money attitude.The course has to distinct nines,with the front nine on the hill side, and the back following the River Wye.There are many interesting holes with the par three tenth a challenge in it's self.
This venue has not entered its facilities yet.
Do you own this venue? Contact Us to complete this information.