3 reviews of Burford Golf Club
I played this course for the first time this month and it is one of the best courses that I have played, The way that this course was presented was unbelievable, the greens were absolutely fantastic, the tree lined fairways were lush and a pleasure to hit from, and on the few occasions that my ball went into the trees, of which there are plenty, they have trimmed all of the undersides of the trees so that you can find your ball but at the same time have to just play a safety shot out of them.
There are some really good challenging holes, mixed in with some easy looking holes that can jump up and bite you badly (as I found out to my cost)
The pro staff were very helpful when We arrived, and the food we had in the club house after our game was excellent, one of the best meals that I have ever had at a golf club, and I have played many different courses in this country
If every you get the chance to go and play this course, as far as I am concerned, don't think twice, go and play, you won't be disappointed
The experience that I got at Burford was a very mixed one- The course is fantastic and I would absolutely recommend it as a course to play, but the feel that I got as a visitor from the club officials was definitely not fantastic and actually quite disappointing.
The course is lovely and to my mind one of the nicest courses you could play. Its tree lined as everyone has said, with all the holes great and some of them really great. Greens were quick and true and the course was beautifully presented. I thought the back 9 was a bit more interesting than the front with a really nice finishing hole just outside the clubhouse. And for all of these reasons its a course not be missed as they are they most important things, but .
The off course elements, in particular the welcome received is another story!.... I don't know if the Pro was having a bad day, or that his ability to be offhand was honed in a former career as a French waiter in Paris, but I did feel that as a visitor I was at best a bit of an annoyance and at worse someone who really shouldn't be playing on the course. It's not that he was rude, just not at all welcoming. I think a customer service skills course would be my recommendation - or at least a smile!
Largely because of this we didn't bother with the clubhouse at lunch, but went into Burford and had a very nice lunch in one of the pubs on the High St - made twice as nice because of the beer festival they were running!
We did have a coffee before we played and a beer after and the clubhouse is very pleasant and welcoming.
Food wise I can recommend the botulism van in the lay-by just outside the entrance - A top bacon butty grabbed between the 9th and 10th as we were not being pushed by anyone and had 15 mins to spare.
The afternoon round we played wasn't as much fun as the first, largely due to 2 older members firing balls up behind us for 3 holes (they did warn us they would do this, so that's OK then!) and then another 2 ball sneaking in off the practice ground and pushing us for another 3/4 holes. This did support my thoughts on Burfords view of visitors - a necessary evil.
So to sum up a great course and great value, especially a day ticket, but not the nicest welcome I have ever received. Overall - still a great place to play golf.
Played here midweek December 06.
Pleasant tree lined parkland course but not one that really stirred the emotions.
The course is divided in two by a road & this does disturb the ambience a bit.
Although the holes are treelined & not unattractive by the start of the back 9 i was starting to find them a bit mundane .There was a slight lack of variety & you could sense there weren't going to be any surprises in store & that the next hole wasn't going to be much different to the one you'd just played.
However ,surprisingly from the 13th to the finish the holes became slightly different in character (more heavily tree lined & with more specimen trees)& more interesting & which made you think a bit more.
13 was a shorter more strategic par 4 with a smaller than normal green .14 a good dogleg with an unusual archway hedge behind the green .15 a lovely short quirky uphill par 3.The 18th green was almost right next to the clubhouse which i liked.
These holes made for an enjoyable finishing stretch.
The course doesn't seem to drain that well & i understand courses need to be protected in December but some tees were off the ladies & most of the flags were at the front of the green.Also three good par 3 's weren't off the normal teeing area so be warned .
The greens although a bit footprinty putted very true & the pace was just right.
The clubhouse had a nice feel to it & the main room was relaxed & exactly what you want.
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