18 reviews of Bushey Hall Golf Club
Played an Inter club match here on Saturday, and despite getting well beaten I really enjoyed playing the course which was well maintained, a good and fair challenge. The greens were excellent and rolled truly, the fairways good, and though some of the bunkers were waterlogged due to recent rain they appeared well looked after.
The clubhouse reeks of history (125 years old) but is very comfortable. The food and drink was good, the staff excellent and friendly. The other team and golfers on the course were welcoming.
I think the par 3s are the stars of the course, none being easy and each having their own challenges. There isn't any real rough to talk of.
Will I play there again? Yes definitely.
I played this course on Sunday and was for the most part impressed, it offered a reasonable but not overly testing golfing challenge, while the greens were in superb condition, amongst the best I have ever putted on.
A couple of negative points though:
1) The fairways were incredibly dry, to the extent where it was hard to get the club under the ball, with so much roll that a shot that should have been decent could easily roll fifty yards into trouble. A little watering in some areas wouldn't go amiss.
2) The round was slow, they allowed a lot of people, members and visitors alike to tee off very close to each other, which caused a significant bottleneck, so I'd recommend budgeting to spend longer there than you might expect.
For the most part, an enjoyable course though.
This is my home course and certainly provides a decent challenge for golfers of all abilities. With some excellent par 3's (especially #9 and #10) an interesting par 5 where you take a 6 iron off the tee (#5) and some challenging 450+ yard par 4's (#13 and SI 1 #16).
The greens are pretty true and fast, although got a bit bumpy toeards the end of the summer with high traffic, especially with £15 twighlight offer proving very popular.
3 temporary greens and 3 temp tees were in play last weekend (5th Jan) but the course was in very good condition considering the amount of rain we have had recently.
Club house is extremely welcoming and the bar serves a great pint of Guiness and some decent value food.
Good things first:
We had an enjoyable round, played to handicap, went round in under 3 hours (just) and a half on the last ensured the match was shared.
Some interesting holes offering a variety of challenges. Fairways in good condition.
A few greens were shocking, one with a severe case of alopaecia!
Tees often too close to a green, taken to the extrem on the 9th Green, where the Tee shot from the 1st goes over your head!
An enjoyable experience but one I am unlikely to repeat.
Played Bushely Hall last night and the greens were in an awful state and so was the course in general. The bunkers had very little sand in them and some of the fairways had no grass on them, same can be said of the greens. Very disappointed as I enjoyed playing this course last year. Seems they have neglected the course but put up the prices 20%.
Friendly welcome,Good opening drive but uninteresting first 2 holes.The rest of the course was in good condition with some great holes all of them reachable with reasonable drives.
Yes I would play it again
Bushey Hall is the friendliest course in Herts,the barstaff are brilliant,always helpfull and wiling to go that extra mile to satisfy.More course and clubs should remember that not only the course need to be right but also the 19th,the members also seem to be a good bunch and the course itself makes you use every club in the bag,thanks for a great day out,much appreciated
Played this course on Sunday afternoon and was impressed. I thought that there were some great holes and some rather more mundane holes. I totally agree with the previous comment on the 5th hole. I took a look at the hole, read the advice on the tee, totally ignored it as the hazard doesn't look that far...and paid the price. I guess you could carry it but advice is definately to lay up! A very strange hole! Thought that a few holes on the back nine were a bit ropey but all in all a very nice course to which I will certainly return.
Dont let the handbag ststements put you off from playing this long established and well maintained course. The greens are simply superb!! Having played most of the courses in Hertfordshire this year, these are by far the best greens - fast, true, gently undulating, and usualy in perfect condition.
This course also provides a good tactical test of golf. Irons are the order of the day on all but a few holes, and you only have yorsef to blame if you don't make a good score.
Holes of note are - the 1st - a long par 4 dog leg left to a small target - the 5th - a bizarre short par 5 which instructs you to lay up with a short iron infront of the ornamental hazard about 210 yards down the fairway - dont be fooled into ignoring the instructions, the hole is very tight and I carry the ball a long way off the tee and I have never taken the driver again - the 9th and 10th - which are beautifull par 3's, each distinctive fom the other - these holes are worth the visit alone and rank alonside any in the county - and the 18th - a good finishing hole which plays a mid iron and an 8 or 9 to an uphill target which lies infront of the clubhouse and next to pond with a fountain.
The welcome is professional and extreemely friendly.
And of all the courses I have played this is not one to miss.
Played Bushey Hall at the weekend as I was interested in joining a local club. I have not been playing long but was extremely impressed with the service and the course was not too busy. 4 of us played and we had a great time. My best round of golf in the year I have been playing so was impressed enough that I have taken out membership this week. By the way I have read the previous comments and although these things can be a bit worrying I would not let a few ignorant morons ruin what could be a great game of golf at Bushey Hall.
I have played this course seven times since November 01 and thoroughly enjoyed every round but one (too many poor temporary greens). Some good challenging holes and a few par threes (9th, 10th and 14th) that I find great fun. Can't wait to play there in the summer!
Mr Penman, thanks for the respnse.
The club can't be held responsible for the mental health of its players .
If I'd known that Bushey Hall gc would have refunded our green fees believe me I would have complained.
We were all just glad to get out of bandit country and get back to London as quick as possible before anyone else kicked off.
On behalf of Bushey Hall Golf Club I would like to respond to comments made by Mr Andrew Cole (21/08.01) regarding his party's visit to Bushey Hall Golf Club on the 10th August 2001. My reply is broken down over the following points.
Firstly, Veladail Leisure Ltd, treats this matter as a serious breach of golf etiquette and discipline, and the perpetrators would have their membership terminated, had it been established that the latter WERE club members. On the other hand, had they not been members, then they would have been declared "persona non grata". However, no complaint was received from either Mr Cole or any other member of his party, which, considering the nature of the said incident, we find somewhat strange! had a complaint been made, then action would have been taken there and then, and a full refund of the green fees (£80)made, plus our prfound apologies to those involved.
Finally, the actual green fees paid by Mr Cole and his party was £80, and not the £100 he states. Weekday visitor's fees are £20 per round, and weekend fees are £30 per round.
Played here a week ago, very slow, waiting on every shot.
Had my first encounter of "golf rage" on this course. As I was settling over a shot on the longish par 3 sixth, a couple of members in a buggy rolled up the gravel path behind me. Having been disturbed I looked around only to be asked what my problem was. Before I could answer, the Phil Mitchell look-a-like was out of the buggy and marching toward me.
After being called a Muppet I decided to let them through and get the irrate little idiot out of my face. This may sound funny but having spent £100 on this round our 4 ball had a very nice summer afternoon spoilt. I can't really tell you much about the course, it was alright, but too expensive for what it was.
I can tell you that we won't be playing there again and I recommend that you don't either.
Be sure to buy the guide if you are playing this course for the first time. It really helps to have a knowledge of the layout or you will find yourself positioned in just the wrong position for your approach shots ! I found that particularly interesting and the course is quite clever and is one I would have really liked to enjoy.
However, I didn't and that was for two main reasons. Firstly, be very aware of slow play. Build up was quite horrendous and I can only think bookings had been 'snuck in'. We were stuck behind a 2 four-ball society, a four ball family, and a 2 ball who liked to wait until the greens were clear on a par 5 before teeing off. There was a queue at each hole waiting for at least 2 parties to tee off which made for a frustrating day.
Additionally the course had really suffered with water. I wasn't aware of any particularly bad rainfall but the greens were soaked with lots of casual water.
A pity because the course has an awful lot going for it - perhaps we were just unlucky but I'm not inclined to try again too soon.
This is one of my local courses, so I have played it many times. Alot of money has been spent on the course over the last year, which certainly shows. Clubhouse is very friendly. It can get a bit busy at weekends and could benefit from some course control for slow play. The course itself is good fun to play. Quite a tough opening hole and some very interesting short holes. I like the
9th. On the back nine, there are a couple of very long par 4's for the high to middle handicaper, the 13th and 16th. It is a little expensive but I think worth a try.
A most enjoyable round of golf, with some very novel holes. Too expensive in peak period, and driving off mats in off-peak period, bit of a shame.
Excellent value for money course. Good mix of tough and not so tough holes which challenge most players. Excellent club house and good food.
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