22 reviews of Chelsfield Lakes Golf Centre
After my last visit last August, in which there was the no sense concept of four minute tee times, I booked via an inet deal for myself and two others, with the hope that common sense has returned. I was a bit worried on arrival at the car park to see it very full. However, upon reporting to the pro shop I saw on the screen that it appeared there were very few games after us? We got away a few minutes early and ended up having a very enjoyable and relaxing start to the long bank hol weeked/ half term.
The course was in good shape. Quite tricky in places but opportunities to score if you could put the ball in the right spot (a cricketer would have been delighted with my performance).
I believe the centre is no longer part of Crown Golf, so not sure what the plans are. Our deal was £22 each, but wouldn't want to pay much more than that even for a weekend.
Played this course last weekend, used the driving range facilites before as well. Pro shop and driving range was good, staff seemed very rushed but friendly.
As we approached the tee there was a large group waiting by it... our tee of time was the very precise time of 1.04, and the group in front was 1.00 and the group after was 1.08... this is far to close together so there was a hold up which is to be expected with a system like that...
When we eventually tee off we are now half hour behind time, but are very satisfied as we go round the course, the only problem which turned out to be a massive problem, the greens were awful! they were obviously being repaired but they shouldn't have let anyone use them, it was near impossible not to three putt! Overall course is pretty easy (good confidence boost) still looking for the 'lakes', good condition apart from greens but some locals told me they are usually very good, so i will be returning soon to test them out. Good price afer midday as well.
Back at Chelsfield Lakes for the first time in a couple of years. Course is in good condition. Staff in pro shop friendly and very helpful ( if it was the USA you would give them a tip). Seemed very very crowded and I believe the reason for this is the new owners insist on four (4!) minute intervals between tee times. Surely not, please say it ain't so. Don't ruin a half decent track
Played here in early Jan 2011 on a Saturday morning. First impressions weren't great as the entrance to the pro-shop isn't particularly inviting but once inside staff were helpful and friendly. There's a decent range on-site if you want to hit a bucket of balls before heading out.
Overall the course is quite straighforward. It's quite open and I'm sure when the wind blows things would get much more difficult due to the course being fairly exposed on the top of a hill. There are some interesting holes, the standout ones being the tricky 4th (o.o.b on the right off the tee and bunkers to the left of the fairway, waiting to gobble up your ball) and the 9th where a lake comes into play off the tee.
Course condition was good and greens were excellent for the time of year. Unfortunately there had been heavy overnight rain and there were 3 temps but to be fair I don't think many courses would have coped with that much water.
Overall it was a decent course. Didn't blow me away but was a good test and suprisingly quiet for a Saturday morning. My only gripe would be the overhead power lines which cover much of the course. Not much they can do about that really but does detract slightly from the vistas.
Paid £32 for a weekend round so fair value. Didn't get a chance to view the clubhouse so have just provided a medium rating.
Played here three or four times since I moved relatively close and have to say that for my standard of golfer (currently 22 handicap) it's a great course.
Opening hole is fairly straight forward, then holes 2, 3 & 4 are quite challenging with a long par 3, a dog leg par 4, then the hardest hole on the course with OB right & loads of rough stuff on the left.
Coming back to halfway is a mix of par 4's and two decent size par 5's (second of which very reachable in two)
Back 9 starts with some nice holes & point scoring opportunities for stableford play, but 16, 17 and 18 provide the hardest 3 holes of the back nine.
Really like it and for any golfer playing off or around the 20 handicap mark, it gives you the chance to put in a round nearer 80/85 that a lot of courses don't
Played at the lakes on a warm July 15th Sunday. Took about 4 1/2 hrs ok. Tees were good. Fairways very good and greens very good. Not the longest course in the world @ 5700yds. We played in a society and the lowest score was 33pts and the highest was 44pts. A few very good holes and a few not so memorable. I thoght the stroke indexes were a bit strange playing off 14, I got shots on short par 3's and not on a par 5 which seemed harder. Not much to winge about. No yellow distance markers on the par 3 tees so had to pace out from red tees.Worth a go and will probably go back for a change.
First visit here today. Compared to the other golf centres/clubs run by the same company in the area that i have played at, this is the best. Considering all the rain we have had lately, the course was in good all round condition. Some people will moan about this and moan about that, but £20 for the round, you get good value for money.
played here in a society at the end of 2006, i would say that the course was in good condition and the staff were friendly enough, although they did close the bar around us as we were drinking at about 6:30 in the evening???
the course itself is a bit bland with far to many holes a replica of the last only counted 2 lakes??
i was very new to the game then and even i thought it wasnt very challenging.
we probably wouldnt go back, but we still had a good day,but that was probably the company not the course.
played there on 20/01/07 and the course in a good condition although i felt the grass on the greens was too long. then saying that it is winter. not that challenging and quite a short course. front nine better than the back.
club house charges are extremely over priced for drinks and food wich was awful, a 3 pound bacon sandwich with cold pink bacon beetween to slices of hard cheap bread with margerine!! The course is neat and well kept but not very challenging normally a drive and a pitch or even a chip!! in my opinion the overall feel is overpriced and trying to be something there not, i bet the only time they get any real buisness is when they have discounted green fees for a tenner. that will be the most i would pay for this course as there are far superior courses in the area for the money. sum up in one word , GREEDY!!
Played the course yesterday, on a Saturday afternoon, and the first 9 holes took just over 3 hours to complete, with the whole round taking about 5 and a half hours. This is a real problem, and no sight of any marshalls! The club shop do have a problem with just saying yes to anyone who turns up, and not unusual to have 3 or 4 groups in front at the 1st tee.
Having said that, I do find the course enjoyable to play, with the front nine a little more challenging than the back, and some true well kept greens.
Will play again, but will definately avoid the weekend.
Simply a pleasure. Played here after a 10 year absence and found it in superb nick given the time of year (mid January).
Very well run, the course was busy, but we only had to wait (briefly) for players ahead on one par-three. Friendly staff, decent brekkie and a reasonable test of golf.
As others have said, not the hardest of courses, but one that rewards accuracy and intelligent play. A little gem.
Today (26.9.04) I played the 9 hole Par 3 course with my 13 year old son. It's great fun, with everything from a full 5 iron (183 yd 1st) to a decent wedge (102 yd 8th). Great value for money too - £7 for me and £4.50 for my son. Greens were also in pretty good nick. My advice ... give it a go !!
I played badly when I visited this course, however, the course itself is very nice. There seems to be a lot of holes around the 350 yard length, which means a low score. It is well set out and the greens were well kept. Not a favourite of mine, but during winter time the twilight starts at 1:00PM and will only cost £11!
Very forgiving course for the beginner, dont be put off by the name... Water only comes into plat on two holes. It seems to be a very popular course for locals and visitors alike,hence a few snags regarding waiting on the 10th tee , was a bit frustrating as we were on a society match and a few 2 balls were sandwiched between us. Overall a good course, well kept, well thought out and nice putting greens, nice and fast. we got round in about 4 hours.
Club house was very nice, staff friendly and helpfull, i allways check out the pro shop at every course i visit and this one is good, very helpfull but wouls be nice if they sold a stroke saver for the course. Overall a good club, you wont be dissapointed
19/02/03 - Found the course by chance. On entering the gates the course looked rather uninteresting and open. Paid my £18 (midweek) which I thought was a little steep and made my way through the driving range to the first tee. The first problem was there was no indication of where the green was so followed the direction of the guys in front. A blind dog-leg to the right, no map of the hole was available (not even on the card). I really enjoyed the course, however, a good drive will leave only a wedge on most holes. I thought the course was very neat and tidy, the groundstaff obviously look after it very well. Very pleasing on the eye and interesting enough but it can be very easy.
All in all I was pleased that I found it, however, it is overpriced.
A nice course but not very challenging for the big hitters no more than a drive and a pitching wedge for most of the par 4's . Course is in good condition with nice fairways and very fast greens decent pathways connecting to the next tee. Main gripe is the speed of play and not being let through we ended up playing the last two hole in the dark. All in all a decent course but is it worth £24 for a round? there are better locally that are cheaper and more challenging particulary if you hit more than 250 of the tee.
Played the course on Sunday 16th June. Only our second visit, our first being last December, when we were pleasantly surprised to find no winter tees.
We paid our green fee (£24), and entered the course via the shop and driving range. Previously we had coffee (£1) and a bacon and egg sandwich (£2.50) in the spacious modern Grub House.
The course itself was in superb condition, with well-grassed tees, neatly mown fairways and fast greens. Nice to visit such a lush looking course and so neat and tidy too. No litter or grass cuttings to spoil the ambiance. Only the power cables detract from the rather pleasant setting.
The course is fairly tight with stray tee shots being punished by the short rough or orchards, but none of the holes are unfair.
Amazingly, despite the pro shop saying the course was busy, we still managed to complete our 3 ball in about 3 ¾ hours.
Favourite hole: - The 3rd, par 4
Another short par 4, but a very severe dogleg to the right. The sensible option is to play a fairway wood or long iron into the centre of the fairway, leaving a short iron into the green. Taking a direct route you might be left with a difficult second shot to a very small well guarded green
Great fun whacking the ball in to the distance hoping to find it sitting on the fairway below.
Least favourite hole: - The 2nd, par 3
The toughest par 3 on the course, at 205 yards off the back tee and normally against the wind. A special shot is needed to find the green when the hole is on the right side of the green. The slopes make it easy to 3 putt
(Quotes from www.chelsfieldgolf.co.uk - the clubs excellent site)
The power cables spoil the look and I dislike long par 3s.
Other gripes Lack of a yardage book and only concrete disc markers, caused us to under/over hit some shots.
Keep up the good work keeping the course in such good condition and well be back for more very soon.
Great course to play on, a few challenging holes. Well kept fairways and greens
Played Chelsfield Lakes on 29/9. Very challenging course which offers lots of enjoyment. Some holes are quite tricky especially the si1 which my fellow playing partner shot a 10, I played this course whilst attending a BAAM accociation golf day and as far as I know all members enjoyed it, course was in very good condition. I will be playing it again soon, full of enjoyment.
I also won the golf day so was over the moon.
12/04/01 Course in very good condition considering its a pay and play(£22). The greens need a cut, but this is a challenging course and requires accuracy on most holes.Go in the rough and you'll have little or no chance of finding your ball on some holes.
A very friendly and welcoming establishment.\r\nThe 9 hole par 3 is suitable for beginners while\r\nthe 18 hole makes for a pleasant game for both\r\nnovice and intermediate players.\r\nOne water hazard which sits between two fairways,\r\notherwise a fairly gentle course. Enjoy!!
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