Chesfield Downs Golf Club

Chesfield Downs Golf Club, Hitchin, East of England, England, SG4 7EQ

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21 reviews of Chesfield Downs Golf Club

Played March 2016 in the middle of a very wet winter. The course drains superbly. I was allowed to take my trolley out. Full 18 greens which were running nicely.
Some interesting holes on an undulating course. Some of the downhill drives will run forever in the summer on dry and hard fairways.
Quirky par 3 third over water with a light aircraft airstrip running by the side of it. Drivable downhill 7th.
I hope to be back in the summer.

Posted by Phil Walsh on 11/02/2016
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played this course today. being a member of crown golf me and a mate played for free. not being the longest hitter in the world when i had a look at the scorecard i was alittle imtimidated by how long it was. but what a lovely course, some long holes but reached most of them had a 20mph wind in our face on the 580 yard par5 and it took us both 4 solid shots to reach the green! lovely rolling fairways and nice greens to boot. only letdown was the bunkers very hard with alot of stones, my mate was cursing them alot.very open but got a little tighter towards the end with some out of bounds. very nice driving range and pro shop. shot a 83 which is 1 under my haddicap so all in all a great day will be going back very soon and hope the wind blows again cos it makes it good fun. might be a little easy if the wind dont blow.

Posted by golf man on 22/07/2009
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Well what can I say i have been a member 2 years and its been 2 great golfing years for me. The course is always in great condition with lush fairways and quick greens. The course is also very challenging especially when it is windy. my favourite hole is probably the par 5 14th a great golf hole. chesfield downs is also a great course for the value i reccomend you play this course if you get the chance.

Posted by Tom Sheaver on 18/10/2006
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i joined a few months and have played about 30 times in that space. excellent course with some really hard holes. when the wind picks up it is even harder. hole 7 my favourite. a par 4 that is only 278 yards - ive drove on the green a few times. hole 16 is about 500 yards but it seems about 1000 going uphill. a great course . also great pro shop and excellent par 3 - in as good condition as the main course.

Posted by oli sisman on 23/09/2006
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Very Challenging but overall a really good course to play. The airstrip by the 3rd? tee odesn't help concentration though.

Posted by Rob Warren on 29/12/2005
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This golf course is the hardest course i have ever played. Moat holes are very hard and are surrounded by long wispy grass. most fairways are tight and you must hit a straight drive. You should only play this course if you area low handicapper.

Posted by Aaron Grey on 20/09/2005
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PLAYED THIS COURSE ON 6/3/05. IT LOOKS LIKE A VERY NICE COURSE, BUT EVERY SINGLE HOLE HAD A TEMPORARY GREEN. WE WERE ON A SOCIETY DAY AND THERE WASN'T A MENTION OF A DISCOUNT. THEY SAID IT WAS FROZEN GROUND BUT YOU COULD PUSH YOUR FINGER INTO THE GREEN QUITE EASILY. AND WHY WASN'T THE REST OF THE COURSE FROZEN. VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED.

Posted by Steven Tilley on 10/03/2005
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me and a couple of freinds played chesfield downs on 16/08/04 and totally enjoyed it.the course is in excelent condition with the greens being very fast. the weather can be a big influence on this course and it can make some off the holes very long even though it only plays par 70 off the yellows? i was so impressed with this course that i have now become a member.

Posted by Calvin Keighley on 24/08/2004
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Having just started playing the game the centre itself gave a real professional look. The Par three is a fun challenge, even if the greens are decievingly fast, the main course providing a stern challenge for any keen golfer. Bit busy at times but well worth the wait.

Posted by Rob Cornell on 05/07/2004
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I stared playing golf a year ago and used Chesfield as my initial base. The teaching was fine, though I think the pro could have pushed us along harder. The facilities and bar are excellent. I've made extensive use of the range, and the nine hole short course to develop my skills - the short course is as well kept as the main course and is excellent for practicing the short game. I have to commend this club as a good place to learn.

Posted by Stuart Bladen on 10/08/2003
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Chesfield Downs is certainly one of the best pay and play courses in Hertfordshire. After investment in new equipment last year the greens are in great condition, as are the fairways and tees. The course makes good use of Jack's Hill in its lay out, with uphill 540 yard par 5 16th a highlight. The par 3 9th is a classic links short hole with hidden bunkers from the tee and a devilish green. All in all a great course which is maintained in great condition year round, BUT, it does suffer the pay and play problem. Play at peak times is painfully slow. Rounds on summer evenings and weekends can take 5 hours and etiquette is non existent.

Posted by rick on 16/07/2003
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I have been a member at Chesfield Downs for the last two years and I can only compliment the green keepers on the maintenance of the course. I am an avid player, who likes to play regularly. The course can be particularly tricky if the wind is blowly, in particular the pictoresque par 5 16th a memorable challenge for any weekend golfer. I recommend this club to any beginner or pro. I have knocked fifteen strokes off my game, since I have been playing at Chesfield Downs-in my view, the best around!

Posted by dave martin on 10/06/2003
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I have played the course a number of times and have always been impressed. Hard and difficult when the wind blows, especially the long 2nd! Drains well and is the best course in the area during the winter - rarely closes. Favourite hole - has to be 3rd, a cheeky little number over a lake.
Facilities are excellent, pro-shop, driving range and bar. Lessons from the PGA team are v.good and have improved my game by 3 stokes already!!

Posted by Scott on 04/02/2003
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I first played this course about 5 years ago and was quite dissapointed with the state of the greens.
I played the course recently for a corporate day out and was vey impressed of the state of the golf course.
The greens were in alot better condition.Play can be slow at times.
The holes that impressed me were the Par 5 5th and the 2 par 5's on the back 9.
If the wind gets up it turns into a totally different course and club selection can be a nightmare at times.
Clubhouse and staff was suberb.

Posted by Darren on 06/11/2002
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I have been playing this course for the last two years, and I can only say that until you tee off, you don't know how the course will play. One of the best public golf courses in Hertfordshire and if the wind gets up, one of the most challenging anywhere. Very good value for money and highly recommended to any social society.

Posted by Joe on 25/10/2002
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A hidden Gem indeed, staff very friendly, club shop well stocked, driving range ideal lots of new targets and NEW! balls. As for the course itself, front nine 9 very good fairways well groomed short and hard; ball rolls well. But it's the back nine that really get you going a great 'links' feel about it every hole a treat. Particularlly the par 5 14th. Built on chalk hills so should be able to play all year round. I had a 70 mile round trip and was worth every mile to get there.

Posted by Alan on 03/09/2002
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Have been playing Chesfield on and off for the past 6 years, and still has to be said that it is one of the best Public courses in Hertfordshire. Yes, the greens require a little more attention at times, the trees are still very young, and it has one of the most dissapointing 18th holes, but i find that Chesfield is still a very challenging course whatever the level you play.

Posted by Justin Rogers on 07/05/2002
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This is an all round good course which will challenge you more than you might expect at first sight. drainage is nothing short of miraculous and greens and tee's are kept in good shape. 26 pounds at the weekend is expensive, but just worth it in my experience.BE AWARE that Theives have recently targeted the car park. CCTV is now installed which seems to have cured the problem but theft is still occuring in the overflow carpark. Dont let this put you off,overall it gets 8/10 from me.

Posted by Darren Clawson on 03/05/2002
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Not bad, Greens still need time, patchy in places. Unfortunatley, like many courses, solely interested in getting as many people of the course as possible, very busy, very slow. Mind you the marshall did do his job and told the group in front to let us through.
Course is testing but open and most of the water hazards ? are dry !?!?

Posted by Ian Starr on 01/10/2001
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Open field with many hidden hazards to trap the unaware player. Brutally slow. Our group had to twice call the course to get a marshall on the course. Once this was done, he avoided giving us any feedback on the situation.

Posted by A Stein on 03/09/2001
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Very nice public course with private feel. Clubhouse very friendly. The course drains well and is generally in good condition. It's the type of course where you always feel you should have ended up with a much better score. There are a couple of holes with water to watch out for, the most notible being the Par 3 3rd hole. Pace of play can be a little slow so be prepared a long round. Overall good value though.

Posted by Neal H on 19/04/2001
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Number of holes 18
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