10 reviews of Chiltern Forest Golf Club
Chiltern Forest is an excellent course that offers scenic views and remarkable wildlife. It is a pleasure to play round and I highly recommend it!
The course is not long by any means, but that does not mean it is not a good test of your golfing (and walking) abilities. The front 9 is more forgiving - but is still tight - while the back 9 is threading the eye of the needle stuff too tight tree lined fairways and many a blind shot.
Chiltern is a course that will reward good play with very makeable birdie opportunities, the greens arent hard nor fast and it isnt long. But if your even 5 yards offline then you are likely to have no shot.
There are plenty of good holes but none that really stand out, maybe the par 3 17th which is the only true hole that would befit a championship golf course, but nonetheless you are always happy with par!
The let down holes are mainly gimmicky holes, the 8th as mentioned is a horrendous hole - not because of the climb uphill, but because of the slither like green which requires THE perfect shot just to get it on the surface - the 3rd another par 3 is fairer but is again penal for a shot a yard offline either side. The first would be better as a par 3 and extend the 9th to be a par 5......
But that said, it is beautiful, and is a course you should play. Lots. It wont test you length wise but it will test your iron play. And for £12 for 9 holes on a sunny evening - not many places better.
Played the course over Christmas. Several friends have recommended the course and now I know why! Natural undulations and contours of the land are used very well and whilst not a long course (the driver only made two appearances) errant tee shots are punished. Overall very good value for money and a serious calf builder. For those who love their BMX as much as their golf take your bike along as there appears to be a rather exhilartaing woodland course adjacent. Make a day of it!
Played Sunday with a guy from work. Booked through teetimes for 12.00pm only to have the pro ring up and say there was a competition on until 12.40pm. No big deal as it was a fantastic day weather wise.
The course is not too long, but this does not make it any easier. It is the kind of course you need to play once before trying to embark on a compeitive round as there are a lot of blind shots and distance is key on a number of holes. Miss the fairway and expect to drop at least one shot chipping out of the forest back on the fiarway.
Most tees where off mats, but all greens were in operation, although a tad slow, but consistent. The course is very hilly and a slept well the following evening! Safe to say the views of the Chilterns is fantastic.
A very challenging and buitifully manicured course that really tested the ability of all in our group, most of who are single figure players.
The views around the course are simply stunning, especially from the 2nd tee, and the par3 8th is just ridiculousely tough.
I would suggest you hire a buggy to make the most of your round as there is quite a bit of walking up and down the hills and also from some greens to the next Tee.
On-course signeage has been improved since some of the reviews and is easy to follow.
Club house prices were reasonable and food portions are generouse.
Members and the club pro were both friendly and welcoming
Buy a course planner, thats a must, and you'll have agreat day.
Oh and leave your driver in the car.
The course was in great condition, and the dense forest around the course makes you feel as though you almost have the course to yourself. Beware though - this is tough walking course, with lots of changes in elevation (that means hills), and some long, hilly walks from green to tee. Straying from the fairway usually means a knock out sideways from amongst the trees at best, or lost ball at worst. The changes in elevation make club selection difficult for shots into the green, but the club uses coloured flags to indicate pin position. I found the greens were quite small given the difficulty of the shot in. Typical of this is the par 3 8th, which is pretty much 100ft straight up a steep escarpment to a tiny platform green, and quite frankly stretches the envelope of credibility. Although the signage had apparently been recently improved, we still found it difficult to navigate the layout. Didn't check out the clubhouse - needed to get home and soak my aching bones in a hot bath!
Have just played here (for the first time) in their Seniors open, off the back tees. What a superb course, what views, what wonderful condition. I understand the head green keeper plays off 5 or 6 and it shows in the general condition and attention to detail.
On the downside there are some long walks from green to tee, there are a few holes that play across another fairway, there are some not insignificant climbs, and there is a slight lack of signage indicating where the next tee is.
Ignoring those points, this is a true test of golf, only a shot down the middle of the tree lined fairways will allow a second shot to the green, which are superb, gentle subtle slopes which offer a variety of pin placement and concentration is required to sink any putt. It is only afterwards you realise how few bunkers there are, so often a large number of bunkers is the only way to toughen a mediocre designed course, this course doesnt need them it is tough enough.
This is a must play course in this area, the views alone from the delightful clubhouse are worth the cost of a pint or two.
Lovely course, great views from the chiltern hills, mind you it is easy to have great views from this kind of elevation. This can only be described as a forest course on a very big hill. I would say this is only a course for the stout hearted but the members we met all seemed over seventy and whizzed around us. The course is a really challenging layout and the only obstacle not present was water. This plays a lot longer than the card as you have to take the hills into account, but there is plenty of rewards for taking it on, like the very drivable 6th.
The course is well maintained and playing here at this time of year I was suprised to see little GUR anywhere. This is apart from the areas where the club has made significant groundworks over the winter (new tee boxes, new paths and stages for winter tee mats - proper astro areas not the stupid rubber pads). This can only enhance the great setup and did not prove an inconvienience.
Only drawbacks are the proshop not being open early enough even though we phoned to confirm earliest available tee time and what time they would be open to accept payment. This led to our second problem - even though we were the first at the course we had to wait to tee off as the members signed a book and dashed out to the first tee as we were paying. This resulted in twenty plus people being around the first tee at the same time. We definately felt rushed as there was permanently someone playing right behind you, even though you could not play any quicker. Perhaps this may be addressed in the future as visitors to the area really should make an effort to get out on this course.
A really challenging course both physically and mentally, full of memorable holes even at this time of year(Nov).
Excellent clubhouse and reasonable green fees but a very slow pace of play. Two and four balls are given different tee offs from 1st and 10th except on a Tuesday morning when senior fourballs are everywhere.
This is a very scenic course set in a heavily wooded area of the Chiltern hills near Wendover. The majority of holes are tree lined and picturesque with a predominance of elevated tees and greens which are both in very good condition. Very few bunkers (I counted 10 on the whole course) but BEWARE, this is a VERY hilly course with some tough walking both between holes and on some of the holes themselves. One particular par 3 has the tee set what looks to be about 100 feet below the green. Although the total course yardage may seem short you will know you have played 18 holes by the time you reach the 19th. Nice clubhouse, friendly pro-shop. Midweek £18 per round, £23 for the day. Well worth a visit if your legs feel strong.
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