14 reviews of Bondhay Golf Club
played this course for the second time on 8th october.the first time i played it, it chewed me up and spat me out, because its a tough golf course that requires respect. this time i fared much better but it still got the better of me on a few holes.i will be back, as the saying goes.i would advise you, that you need to be a competant golfer to play here, as in my opinion it could easily be set up to facilitate,euro pro,senior pro and ladies pro tour golf, off the championship tees and let the rough grow a bit, it would be a real test.its fun to play because it presents different challenges and does not have a weak hole.there are plenty of bunkers and water and you would do well to stay out of either all the way round.it is still a relatively new course but with all the trees that have been planted it doesnt play like a new course, in fact it is quite a tight course.the stand out holes for me are the 9th,10th,11th and for fun the 18th.i think in 15 or 20 years time it will be a real brute to play.lastly i must comment on the condition,brilliant!i think they must weed and feed the fairways and ruff because there is no weeds just grass, the bunkers are a bit firm round the edges but ok in the bottom.very good course
on a 3 day golf break with my mates all play of 16 to 18 first time we have played bondhay .what a treet a proper golf course!. yes plenty of sand ,and trees. the water adds interest to the holes, its a good challenge . our day was spoilt by gale force winds[sept]. so scores were higher than average but most enjoyable.greens were fast even after a cloud burst. bondhey gets top marks from our ageing 4 ball.
Played the course on Tuesday 14th October and thoroughly enjoyed it. Finishing hole made more of an oddity than it should but all in all thought it very good value for money. Plenty growth on the fairways and greens fairly true given the weather this year. Playing off a handicap of 12 on a links course in Scotland (Craigielaw) I didn't find the bunkers too difficult but some of them definitely need more sand. Went out in 39 but back in 44 thanks to a wayward drive at the 10th and some poor putting.
It's interesting to see all the mixed reports for this course and the amount of reports shows how popular it is. This was confirmed when we arrived by the amount of cars in the car park, it was clearly a very busy course. I'm a society organiser and a high handicapper (28) and totaly agree with some of the comments as regard the water on the 18th. In general considering the time of year and the poor weather on the day I felt the course was in good condition. The greens looked terrible but were true and very testing. The course offers a good variety of holes notibly the 10th and 11th which others have mentioned. What I liked most about Bondhay was the relaxed casual atmosphere, friendly members and staff it's how clubs should be. The club was also flexible and didn't charge for one player who didn't show. On the negative side one of our members asked for some bread with his meal and was sold two slices on bread for 60p which I thought was very harsh considering the amount of money we had already spent. As is with most clubs in the winter and early spring I would like to come back and play in the Summer months. Overall our society had a great day on a challenging course and we'd definately come back
I played here for the first time on Sunday and, considering my normal dislike for newish courses, I was very pleasantly suprised.
In response to some of the comments below the course isn't the easiest but I managed an 85 which is more less my handicap. Yes, there are a lot of bunkers and yes, they are challenging because they're in the right places to present a challenge, but isn't that the point of bunkers? Aside from that there was enough landscaping and tree planting to ensure that the majority of the holes were fairly distinct and individual, but for £19.00 I wasn't complaining.
Overall, I liked the fact that the course started with a long tough par 4 and not a drive and a wedge. I enjoyed all the par 3s and the par 5s were of a good length. The water on the 10th and 11th made for some tough approach/tee shots - and I can easily understand why a high-handicapper would struggle here. Finally, the greens were in good condition and I would imagine would be seriously fast in dry weather.
The 9th and 18th are tough par 5s but on this occasion I think the severity and location of the water spoils the holes rather than enhances.
On the negative side what the hell is going on with the 'sand' in the bunkers? It wasn't sand it was some sort of industrial clay that made the bunkers resemble a building site. They've clearly spent money on the course, wouldn't buying proper sand (or even any sort of sand) have been a better investment than the money spent on making the tees look pretty?
Would definitely play again but if only they would sort out the bunkers!
As a former member, I find Bondhay a very very tough challenge. (I only left, becuse I forgot what it was like to score over 30 points!!)
It's only really geared up for handicappers off 12 and below. It's soul destroying for the rest of us!
Long, breezy and more sand than Blackpool beach, all adds up to a lot of blobs on the card. With all the bunkers which suround each green, you're expected to hit long, high & accurate approaches just to keep your score card ticking over!
The overall quality of the greens & fairways are terrific for a course of this age.
The clubhouse facilities on offer are especially good for groups.
May the force be with you!!
Played bondhay recently after hearing a lot of hype about the place.
I have to say i was quite dissapointed. Never have I seen or played on a course with as many bunkers. I know why it's so heavily bunkered too, it's an attempt to make an otherwise unchallenging immature course challenging. And it just does'nt work ( 34 stableford points on first attempt, I rest my case )
Over priced and over bunkered
Dont be surprised if the pro shop starts selling Callaway rakes.
I personally found this course a real challenge particularly because of the length of quite a few of the holes. Although challenging this course provided me with a fun day out with good catering also at the end. Well worth the money!
Great test of golf, although I suspect that it is probably a little too hard for the high handicapper.
The greens are very well guarded with bunkers which are numerous on this course.
The greens are fast and because of the soil open all year around.
Despite being a member of this course, I don't recognise it when I go and play there as it changes every time. Too many societies at weekends.
This is a superb test of golf. Still in its infancy it lacks the maturity of some established parkland courses but has all the hallmarks of a championship course of the future. In a super setting one can escape away from the trappings of the 21st century. It is long off the white tees and is very heavily bunkered with tight entrances to the greens. It is well drained, no mats here even in winter. A number of holes feature waterand the greens are of a sensible pace but not slow.
The last three holes provide a tough run in home to a clubhouse which has views over the course and where the catering is good.
Definitely worth a visit when the wind is't blowing.
Constantly being improved by an enthusiastic owner. Excellant fairways, improving greens, lots of new, trees and bunkers make Bondhay an interesting and difficult course.
A challenging course which has benefitted from a superb tree planting program. The 10th & 11th in particular are a great test of nerve. The greens are very testing and in superb condition. Excellent drainage means that the course is playable all year.
Played the course on many accasions and I find it challenging. Nice fairways, with interesting approach shots to the greens. Now with a new club proffesional, Tony Tomlinson. Always made welcome.
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