18 reviews of Cams Hall Estate Golf Club
I wouldn't go as far as the last reviewer but certainly the course was reasonable. I thought it was still all a bit artificial but not bad at all. Very busy and play was slow so not sure we'd want to play it again, certainly not at full price anyway.
I was pursued to revisit Cams after a rather dissapointing visit last winter. I'm so glad I did. Last time I was here I felt I was playing on some horrible American style artificial course which had been overly manicured to within an inch of its life. Before the aprons were long and cut very narrowly at the entrances to the greens, all but making the running game impossible and forcing you to play target golf. Now things have changed beyond all recognition and the course could now possibly best be described as 'maritime heath.' Although not long, the wind got up a bit while we were there and made things pretty interesting, particularly as the wind seemed to move one way and then the next off of the adjoining creek.
Well worth the £35 we paid when you consider that there are lesser courses which charge far more.
Very slow greens, overgrown rough, no real chance to use any slopes as it was all a bit heavy (we are members at a downland course and the difference in quality was very noticeable). All a bit the same. Not bad but a bit of a slog.
I am a Founder Member of Cams Hall Golf Club and have therefore seen many changes over the years. The positive is it is playable all year around,however,I do wish they would protect the course more by not cutting the Fairways and allowing buggies when the ground is very wet. More damage appears to be made through heavy machinery than use! The fact there are 27 holes is a huge bonus and offers a greater variety than a traditional 18 hole Course. That aside it still proves difficult to get Tee times at key times of the day. For a member this is frustrating and often appears the Course is catering for societies, or pay and play, over members. The fact it is busy, however, would suggest it is popular. The Course has been in great condition but for some unknown reason fluctuates from good to quite poor. At the moment it is average which, considering it is late October, is better than most. I do enjoy the variety available and have retained my membership for many years because of what it offers. It is forgiving for those with a high handicap whilst still providing quite a challenge for those who have mastered the game. The staff have always been pleasant and helpful. This is an open Golf Course so do not expect tree lined Fairways. Its defense is wind and water. Give it a try on a windy day.
At last!!! A great deal of work seems to have gone into the course since I last played here, and as usual Cams seems to be the only course that can remain open when it is wet. Presentation was excellent and the greens although slower than usual for Cams ran true and good coverage all over. Clearly some bunkers have been worked on to good effect although many still need refurbishment works on them. Well Done Cams much improved
So enraged am I with the state of our once nice course that I can not keep quiet any more. Our course has been going down hill ever since American Golf sold to Crown and I've finally decided I've renewed for the last time. Crown wont care because for every long standing unhappy member that leaves they sell a pack of lies to a newcomer and so it goes on. Our greens are rubbish, our fairways covered in unrepaired divots and our bunkers full of footprints (human not fox). A few more cheap rakes might improve things ever so slightly but the biggest problem is that we now let anyone onto the course and with more than a thousand members something had to give.Despite being lied to time after time about improvements the only thing any money has been spent on is a sign telling us how much money is going to be spent! We pay all but £1500 per year for what really is just a bad municipal course. Shame on you Crown Golf. I'm writing this to encourage other members to vote with their feet and get out.
What a shame to see a once nice course so badly let go. It was always quite a plain modern sort of course but you did always used to get good fast greens. Unfortunately now it seems people here have stopped looking after the course as there were pitch marks and divots all over the place and the greens were very slow and bumpy. It wasn't easy to get a tee time so maybe they just let it get too busy! Just seemed to me to be somewhere they would happily take your money but wouldn't put any back into the course. I'm afraid in the past I've recommended Cams but wont do again. Didn't really feel like a 'club' any more, just somewhere to hit some balls.
It was playing well for the time of year and overall a good but not great course. We were told it was a links course so were disappointed to find that wasn't the case at all. It was very man made and I suppose a bit like a link but not really at all. It was by the sea and windy at least I suppose!
Very good par 3 4th hole but annoying that a fourball of members in front didn't seem to want to let us play through until the 10th even though we were quicker! I speak to a helpful marshall about it who said it was bad but he was new and had spoken to people about it but some members didn't know much about golf!
I think we will play here again this winter but hope it speeds up!
good course good greens. some interesting holes and some character but not many trees. but still a good course, but dont think its worth the money. when theres better courses for the same price
Played the nine hole Park Course today and will definitely be returning for a round at the Creek Course in the future.
Whilst the course is not particularly challenging with it's wide fairways and rough which only becomes serious for genuinely wayward shots (I couldn't shake off a bit of left to right movement today but didn't find any real trouble), it's not a pushover by any means. Several holes have blind tee shots which for me, although now often seen as unfashionable, appeal personally. The greens are very true and the course overall very well kept.
The members and staff I met were all pleasant and certainly seemed happy to have visitors about.
Being very picky I must say that teeing off on the eighth hole with a busy main road immediately behind you could be improved upon. Cams, please just plant some trees there. Is really is just pickiness though.
Cams Hall in unquestionably one of the best courses in Hampshire! Hand cut greens, challenging layout, wind comes into play, linksy feel and great clubhouse service and food!
I could quite happily play this course for the rest of my days!
Played here on the the 28/02/08 as part of a society. I had never played this course before nor had heard anything about it. I was pleasantly suprised with the first impressions. The clubhouse was nice and the views over the course looked very well maintained.
The course doesn't have much distance and i would definatly say that the back 9 is nicer than the front, specifically the back to back par 5's were 'real' golf holes. The greens were in superb condition and ran very true. Probably the best greens i've played this year so far.
There are some interesting holes and a few average holes, but in general a nice course to play. With so much water around the course it is only a shame the water doesn't come into play more often.
Well worth a round.
Being new to the UK - it has proven increasingly difficult to find a Good Golf Course to play without paying £60 for the round. CAMS was a spectacular find in terms of value for money. The first difference you notice is that you actually make out the difference between the fairway and the rough. The small things that count - the way in which the tee boxes are properly cut and prepared. Distance markers in place, and guess what - a Distance Guide available at the Pro-Shop (something many more courses should think about investing in) - nothing worse than playing a course for the first time and getting no help from the Greenkeeper on distance to the flag - don't you hate having to guess the distance on a Par 3. Not so at CAMS. Well worth the money paid (approx £12 for 9, £24 for 18). And to top it off a choice of 27 holes (1x18 and a 9-hole - all 27 of the same standard - although some might say the 18 holes are more challenging).
Generally, I cannot say the most challenging of courses (as long as you drive straight) - with a couple of par 5's reacahble in 2 with a 3 iron second - and I do not hit a ball that far.
So in summary - not an overly difficult course but a fair test of golf - greens that DO actually hold (you do not have to play with a Balata) - and a well presented course. Certainly one of the Better "Visitor's allowed" courses out there." Well done CAMS.
i play at cams all the time im a junior team member and im up there everyday i enjoy the course that much the reason why i choose cams hall g.c is because it is cheap and also im not very far away from the golf course the staff are freindly and the course is always in good condition.
We played Cams Hall this Saturday 22/1/05 at just after 12 noon. We all thought the golf course was in cracking condition when you consider the time of year. The greens, tees and bunkers were in my view better than any course in the area. Our round cost us £29 which after a quality baquette and a pint after I spent less than £40 for a really enjoyable day. I would reccomend Cams for the quality of course and the general high standards of everything else on offer. A+
Cams Hall, agreed on first impression looks like an expensive members only club, However pleasantly surprised both by the good condition (no mean feat with the rain this winter), varying difficulty and reasonable fees of the Club. The first "proper course" i played on repeatedly and has some intriging holes, namely the 4th on the Creek course which is a longish Par 3 over water, very satisfying to land a 5 wood on the green and have it stick! Also the 2nd on the park course which does mitigate against slicing your drives in fear of the woods up the right hand side. A friendly pro shop with very little snobbery, and a beautiful clubhouse setting within the lakes, adjacent to the boats on the river. Highly and heartily recomended.
Good challenging course. Always in good condition and playable throughout the year. Will suit most golfers high to low handicaps. In my opinion the hardest hole is 16 which is a long par 5 with out of bounds left and right. It has ruined many of my cards. Hole 4 is called the Prisoner and has to be the signature hole its a 200yard par 3 over water that can feel double into the wind. The Park course which is 9 holes is as good and is worth a look at also.
Cams Hall gives the impression of being an overpriced members only club , nothing could be further from the truth. Being a complete novice at the game I was truly surprised as to what great value this course is. The course itself is beautifully kept and is very challenging especially for a complete newcomer like myself. The pro shop is very well stocked and the staff always helpful and friendly. Course pro Jason with whom I took my first tentative steps into the world of golf is a good teacher with plenty of advice and patience and even now I can still go to him for tips and help. My favourite hole if I can call it that is the par 5 "Nelsons Walk" on the park course, 530 yards where from the tee you have a pond to the left and trees to the right giving you a 20 yard gap to hit the ball through, I've lost loads of balls to those trees !!
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