Broke Hill Golf Club
Broke Hill Golf Club, Halstead, South East, England, TN14 7HR
9 reviews of Broke Hill Golf Club
I disagree with previous comment. We played at a similar time and the staff were excellent. Of course the ground was frozen but we were aware of that before we went out. It was a privelege to still be able to play on greens, most courses go on to temps as soon as the frost shows up. The course was a challenge, though a little short off the yellow tees.
We went back again on Monday and the course was in superb condition and on the early twilight rate, it was a steal at £20. The greens were quick, true and remarkable for February. I look forward to playing again in the spring.
Very disappointing indeed.
Firstly, the course is no great shakes.
Secondly, the service was appalling.Turned out there was a special promotion we didn't know about, and we got charged more than we should have.
It was only after we complained after 9 holes the course was unplayable because the freezing weather had made the greens like skating rinks that we were told we should have been charged less.
After a struggle we were reluctantly given a token discount. Not good PR at all.
As a Crown member, I have been wanting to play Broke Hill for a while ad finally I did and wasn't disappointed. Course, great. More of a challenge on the back nine. Course condition great. A little too much sand on the greens when I visited but will only act to make the greens better in the long run. All round worth the trip and would like to revisit soon
I played this course on Thursday 17th November with my father on a Groupon voucher. Honestly, if you're not in Groupon get signed up as this is the second course that I've played in a month at a price of £25 for 2 people, including coffee and a bacon sandwich. Good value really doesn't get any better.
We were booked in for 8am and arrived early, but the car park was already filling up very fast. The chap in the pro-shop recommended that we get out as soon as possible as he was expecting a usy day - and he was absolutely right. We tee'd off at 7:45 and just beat 2 fourballs and threeball out. As it was, we kept a hole ahead of anyone else, were never held up and completed the course in just a shade over three and a half hours. But this was first thing on a Thursday morning in November, so I'm not sure I'd want to chance it on a Saturday afternoon in July - I think that it might be packed to the rafters.
The course itself is not the most challenging in the world but all of the bunkers, both fairway and greenside, are very well placed and if you get round without needing your sand wedge, then you've done very well indeed. There are also some very well hidden hollows around may of the greens. The fairways were in very good condition, but I have to take my hat off to the ground staff for the condition of the greens. They were in brilliant condition for any time of year but considering it's mid-November, they were superb. They were quick, consistent in speed and ran absolutely true from start to finish - I cannot praise them highly enough.
The stand out holes are the 6th, 12th and 14th. The 6th needs 2 very good straight shots to hit the green for the low handicappers and 3 very good shots for the high handicappers. The 12th is a good par 5 with a blind tee shot over a track. You then need to decide whether to take on the stream or lay up. Finally, there are bunkers to the left of the green and deep hollows to the right. Finally, the 14th slopes hard right to left all the way from the tee to the green. Don't concern yourself with deciding whether to go for an uphill putt or not - it'll be uphill! A final note about the 18th. It's not a particularly well featured hole, but high handicappers should be aware that unless you can drive the ball around 250 yards, don't take on the green with your second shot. All that will happen is a splash and the need to fish a fresh ball out of your bag!
Once you've finished the round, the clubhouse is a really nice place to be and we found the coffee and bacon sandwich to be of excellent quality.
On balance, I'd be very happy to play this course week in, week out as it's a nice place to play, the clubhouse is good and the course will always provide enough challenge to keep you interested. I'd just be a little concerned about the number of people trying to play. But that's a minor quibble that shouldn't detract from a really nioce course.
Played at Broke Hill on New Year's Eve 2010. Thankfully the snow had finally disappeared and we had a still, if slightly foggy morning.
Things didn't get off to a great start when the guy in the pro-shop couldn't find my tee-time booking on the system. He fidled around with the computer for a good 5 minutes while I was having a mild panic attack, as I was so desperate to get back out on the course after the recent inclement weather. Thankfully he did finally come across my booking but I can't say that he was particularly helpful or apolegetic for keeping me waiting. He also neglected to mention the two temporary greens that were in play on the day, something which I feel would have at least been helpful to a visitor.
Anyway, with a bit of time to kill I headed to the bar for a bacon sarnie and a coffee. Clubhouse wasn't particularly anything to write home about and I ended up waiting 15 minutes for the soggy sandwich which didn't help my mood. Things didn't bode well but I wasn't here for a bite and hoped that the golf would make up for it all.
Sadly the golf didn't inspire me either. I can't have any complaints about the condition of the course and that is testament to the green keeping staff after the recent snow and ice. I just didn't feel like the course had much character at all and memorable holes were few and far between. Despite the course being on a hill it didn't make use of natural terrain and every hole was fairly flat and straightforward. Only the 14th and 15th really stood out where there were some good changes in elevation and some doglegs to negotiate. Water came into play on several holes, most notably on the 9th and 18th, both of which require an approach shot to a green guarded by a lake. Overall though I was left a little underwhelmed and for £38 on a weekday I didn't feel like I was getting value for money. I have certainly played other courses in Kent where I have paid similar or less and got much, much more.
I have been a 7 day member for just over a year now. I must say just how friendly the club is from staff to members. It's got the balance just right.
I have played the course in all conditions and it has remained immaculate whatever the weather. When the wind blows, it blows 20% harder on this course as it is on top of a hill.......so you can get links golf 2 miles from Orpington....can't be bad.
The course is tough but fair, green and fairways always well tended.
As with most courses society days are a pain if you are not aware in advance, but I suppose it all adds to the coffers and I play plent of society days at other courses so can't complain.
All in all a very good course, well managed and above all welcoming.
the course particular the greens are in good conditon, but you will have difficulties getting tee times at the weekends. This is dissapointing given that tee times are exclusively\ set aside for memebrs until\10.30am. So would suggest you bearthis in mind before joining.
Played there yesterday. Outstanding course and great value for money.
Greenfees for visitors are GBP50 on weekdays. Visitors apparently not allowed to play on weekends which kinda makes it priceless to be able to play.
I'm playing on a 21 day free golf membership that allows me to play as much as I like for the 21 days and use all the facilities. I have 4 more if anybody is interested. They expire on October 31st. Email me if interested.
Broke Hill is in excellent condition including the greens - fairways are exceptional. The above details say it is high up and exposed, however I found it to be established and with great character, in particular the back-nine were very enjoyable, maybe the course would only be exposed to the elements in extreme conditions. The new clubhouse was good and catering of a high standard. The staff were most helpful and freindly, and playing as a members guest I was made to feel very welcome.
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