13 reviews of Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club
An ideal weekend venue for my golfing colleagues given the 4 self-catering lodges on site and the choice of 18-holes from 3 very different 9-hole loops.
The course is always in great condition and the surrounding countryside spectacular (especially around the Deer bottom corner.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and given all these pluses Cleobury has become an annual visit.
Having played the course several times over the years I have been able to appreciate it maturing in to one of the most scenic golf courses I have ever played. Very peaceful with no road noise is a nice change. Really enjoy playing this course and look forward to visiting again soon.
Played with my society yesterday on the 18 holes and full english deal for £31pp. Breakfast was excellent, shop staff were very helpful and showed us where to go. Course was in top condition with the fairways nice and lush. Greens were really nice and consistent. Went in one bunker and got up and down so no complaints there. Will 100% be back to play the nine I didnt get chance to play.
After several aborted attempts at playing Cleobury Mortimer I actually managed it yesterday and played all three courses - Foxes Run, Badgers Sett & Deer Park for £30 on a society deal which included coffee and a bacon sandwich.
As a set-up it is really well configured - three loops of nine all starting and ending within sight of the clubhouse. The weather preceding the visit had been mixed and the courses all had a considerable dousing whilst we were there but held up very well with only a handful of greens beginning to puddle.
Slightly unexpected with the facility having 27 holes, is that variety was lacking and many of the holes had a familiar feel regardless of which loop you were playing. Blind drives unfortunately were common place and from a number of tees you would be hard pressed to know if the hole was straight or dog-legged one way or another - fortunately each tee had a hole plan to assist you but even with them the uncomfortable feeling when on the tee was still there, especially for the first time visitor.
The greens on my visit were not as fast as I has been warned they might be but ran very true and were a pleasure to putt on - the same couldn't be said for the rough which was at ankle height (and more in places) immediately off the fairway which lead to overly awkward recovery shots and sadly lost balls. The premium therefore for finding the fairway was higher than ever.
One aspect of the course that did surprise me - and not in a great way - were the bunkers. Many were just holes in the ground filled with sand, with no real architectural flair or input - others were almost like a school long jump sand pit with a slope at one end or another for ease of maintenance with the bunker-pro. I also noticed a few very small pot bunkers which, if found, would be almost impossible to play from given their restricted size. It's not that each bunkers location could be questioned - as many were well placed - it was rather that the proprietors seemed to using this very low basic denominator, hole in ground + sand = bunker, as a template, and were also using it on a rinse and repeat cycle throughout the 27 holes.
This template has also lead to problems with water collecting in the bunkers as the ground is already very heavy. It bewilders me why golf clubs think that creating a bunker by digging into clay or similar heavy soil is a good idea?
Some effort on the design of the bunkers would go a long way - and with the three loops it would not be beyond the realms of possibility to have a varying style per nine, or at the minimum develop the landscaping around the bunkers to improve visibility and also aesthetic appearance. Additional landscaping would also help define landing areas from the tee, especially on the numerous blind drives.
It could be said that by reducing the number of bunkers - especially where two or three have been situated close together - and creating a single, better designed, yet easy to maintain bunker would cost no more to look after and improve the look of the course no end.
Bunkers aside, the courses are fun to play and on the odd occasion you come across a hole or two which stand out from the rest - such as the 6th and 9th on the Foxes, the 6th and 8th on the Badgers and 1st and 6th on the Deer.
The clubhouse is basic but functional and the staff all seemed very helpful although service times were quite long.
Overall Cleobury Mortimer is a good facility and ideally suited to the society visitor structure which appears to be its target audience and is a great location for a days golf with friends, especially given its value for money.
Played yesterday monday £15 each played foxes/badgers. loved the course's beautiful surroundings will definatly go back. This is a very well looked after coarse with some nice feature holes good informative sinage, fairways forgiving long on some but well drained a nice challenge, greens had been topdressed but were very good.Staff excellent, may well book a cottage here for a 3 day break
I played this course twice this summer at the special Monday rate of £15 for as much golf as you can manage in a day.
While the course is well signposted, in general the entrance itself is not clearly marked and I can see the prospect of an accident.
The three loops of 9 each have a good variety of holes though the short holes with 2 notable exceptions are the weakest area of the course. A visit to the most informative web site should reveal those short holes which escape my general mild criticism.
This is not a frightening course and, I would think, offers a good challenge to golfers of all standards. The holes are relatively forgiving in that moderate shots to the greens do not leave particularly difficult recovery shots.
The staff in the pro's shop are particularly helpful about which loop offers the clearest run if you arrive without a booked tee time.
While my geographical location means I am unlikely to play here again except on a Monday the full green fee seems reasonable.
As all golfers will know water has an inexplicable attraction to golf balls and though many of the water hazards should not come into play a good supply of balls would still be a sensible precaution.
The condition of the course was excellent with the greens while relatively easy to read particularly worthy of praise.
Played here on a summer Monday and was offered a 2 for 1 price which at £15 per player was good value. Friendly pro shop.
We played the Badger sett and Deer park 9s. Greens were in good condition and running true. Some good par 3s challenging you to take on water.
For the first time visitor to the course however there were too many blind tee shots and blind second shots obliging you to wait for bells and then no real idea of what shot was required (no course planner on sale). Regular players of the course would not suffer so much from this aspect of the course design.
this on a 2-4-1 is incredible value, some very interesting holes, well kept greens and a friendly pro.
Its odd playing a course with 27 holes, maybe they should decide on the two best nines (badger and deer in my opinion) and have 1-18 with a seprate nine hole course.
The sixth on the badgers is as good a drop hole as any I've played.
My only gripe is that they didn't open until 8'00am, in the middle of summer you could have played nine by that time.
Despite this super value for money at a well kept friendly venue.
Played mid December on Fox and Badger. A bit muddy but considering the time of year very good. £20 for 18 holes wasn't bad mid week, with both 9 holes devoid of people. Only a couple of temp tees. Quite a balanced course with some good interest - would like to see how it played on a summers day! Badger seemed slightly better than fox with the last 4 holes on Badger a delight. 6th is a 7 iron from a massive elevated tee onto the green surrounded by water. The 7th requires a huge drive over a rising bow and then into a crucible green - lucky to have a chance on par. The 8th shoots across a ravine if you hit it well before another uphill to the small green. The 9th returns you to the clubhouse with a wide fairway and the chance to redeem yourself in front of the clubhouse.
Welcome very warm from pro shop to club house. The request for food at 3.30pm wasn't a problem and all reasonably priced.
Changing facilities and car parking extensive. Only the driving range let it down - more of a shed than a range with pond wash balls. I noted that the only ball in one lake was the one I had put there - clearly balls were removed regularly!
OUR SOCIETY PLAYED DEER PARK AND BADGER'S SET ON WEDNESDAY LAST. THE COURSE IS VERY GOOD INDEED AND PRESENTS QUITE A FEW CHALLENGES, ESPECIALLY ON SOME OF THE PAR 3'S. IT'S A BIT STEEP IN PLACES, BUT NOT QUITE MOUNTAINOUS. IT WAS WELL LOOKED AFTER, AND THE SCENERY IS EXCELLENT WITH SOME GREAT VIEWS. ALL THE STAFF WERE VERY HELPFUL, AND I SHALL HAVE NO HESITATION IN GOING AGAIN.
Our society played here twice in a week - and it was excellent value. It's difficult to say which of the three nine hole loops is best although I prefered Foxes Run to Deer Park and Badgers Set. In May, the greens were fast and true and the fairways lush. It's a friendly place and the food is good. Have a look round the Pro Shop; there are some good bargains. I got a paid of golf shoes in a sale for just £29!
David Williams (14)
27th May 2004
Played on a warm August Day. It is the first time I had played the course where I did not need a change of socks and trousers due to the muddy conditions.
Good Variety of holes (Played Deer and Badger). Would recommend to anyone who is looking for an interesting and challenging round of golf.
The welcome was warm. I played it on a hot day in May when the ball was running quite a long way. It is quite a new course, and sometimes lacks individuality, but there are some memorable holes, particularly among the par threes. Water comes into play often, and to good effect. The construction of the course is to a high standard, with the greens very consistent, and it is certainly worth a visit.
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