19 reviews of Cobtree Manor Park Golf Club
Excellent day. Staff were so friendly and helpful, couldn't do enough for us. Course was in excellent condition. We would definitely go back .
I played on 23rd July and it was good that the fairways were not burnt up and the greens rolled well though they were unbelievably slow.
There are however many bad points.The club compels you to play off yellow tees making a short course even shorter but the scorecard gives only yardage from the white tees.The few holes demanding more than a rescue club and a short iron (2,10 and 13) are particularly bad in this regard while 12 which crosses water is no challenge from the yellow tee.
I appreciate this is a pay and play course but it really is dull.I had a voucher so paid nothing but will assess its value on a notional green fee of £12.
I have just signed up for a membership at Cobtree Manor for practical reasons. I played last week at Oulton Hall PGA course near Leeds, and believe it or not, Cobtree's greens were better maintained. Good points: Proshop staff are great, the course is pretty and very green, old trees, water features, very hilly, well protected from the wind! A fairly tight course that (even if short) demands good precision.
Bad points: very long rounds when busy (18 this afternoon took 4h30 as I was waiting behind a group). A lot of people do not observe a good etiquette (ehrn a 3 balls does not let through a 1 ball...), and the bunkers do have a lot of stones...
First game at Cobtree Manor on a baking hot day. Found the course quite tight. Greens were quite slow which is surprising considering the recent spell of dry and warm weather. It is a muni so we shouldn't really complain about things. Howeve, pace of play needs looking at. There was a Marshall driving about, but not sure what he was doing. How can a two ball on a buggy hold up a three ball? Will I return? Yes
Good points: The greens are in excellent condition at the moment, easy to reach location, some interesting par 3 holes. Attractive course.
Bad points: Had the slowest round of my life here (midweek as well) 4hr45mins for two young players. I feel that this course is overpriced, paid £21 for a weekday with other local competition around £5/6 less. Some holes are subject to traffic noise being placed so close to the M20.
So to sum up, would I play here again? Probably not. Would I put any other players off from trying it out? Certainly not, an evening twilight might be the best chance of avoiding the queues..
First time at Cobtree Manor and very impressed with the course. The greens were exellent, fairways well kept, however a total lack of divot replacement must make the course management team pull their hair out.
Found the staff in the pro shop very helpful.
Played a 4 ball (2 husband and wives) for first 9 holes and the speed of play was very good.
Last 9 holes the wives retired to the club house whilst us men continued round the course.
A lot has been said about the slowness of this course with people generally holding up the play and I have to say in all my years of playing golf never have I witnessed a 4 ball as slow as we did here today.
The course though is good enough for a return visit.
I played the course 25th june '07 in light drizzle/rain which meant it was very quiet. The greens and approaches are all pretty good and the course in general upto a decent standard all round. there's some nice holes with a fair bit of water to add interest. It is quite short (although the greens are small to tougthen it up) but you can get away with a poor drive and still have a short iron/wedge to the green on one of a number of 300-320 yd par 4's. However, i don't buy a course has to be hard to be good theory and in any case good, long drivers will set up great birdie chances. IMO this is well worth the £24.50 green fee.
my fist impressions of this course was good overall a lovelee cub house and the food was good. how ever the time it took to play a round was the longest round of golf nearly 6 hours i have ever played in my life. played a society on saturday the proper tees were not in use matts all the way round and you couldent even get a tee in them they was coverd in small stones so dont take your best clubs there!!. there are par 4s that a good golfer can drive i am a 9 handicapper and am not long but found the course very short.the fairways were in good condition as the greens but be parpred for a long round with lots of hackers in front of you. my advice is stay away but you can judge for your self.
Date played - 06 November 2006
As a regular player at Cobtree it amazes me how this course still offers so many challenges - it is demanding, but the well kept fairways and excellent greens always gives a fair chance of a good round. it is very scenic and ideally placed just a few minutes from the Maidstone town centre and the motorway network nearby. Best hole is the 12th - driving over the ponds is always a thrill.The recent upgrade to the changing rooms has made a big difference and when i played here last month with my Society we were all impressed with the set up and the food as well. Yes! - well worth a visit, but it is a testing course!!
Amazing how much things can change in 3 months. I don't know what the problem has been but the course is now looking quite tatty in places and the previously-excellent greens are bare in places and really quite bobbly. Sad to say I think we'll be giving Cobtree a miss for a while.
The course has now recovered from the winter, during which the fairways were really quite boggy and unpleasant, although the greens were still mostly quite good. For a municipal course, this one is well-maintained and excellent value.
Cobtree IS a good course. It is shorter than average, so we play it off the whites when we can. The greens tend to be in good nick, although sometimes the (narrow) fairways are variable. Not keen on the fact that there is only one par 5 (the course is par 69) but there is a good variety of holes to keep your interest. Watch out for the 13th - 433 yard par 4 - all up a steep hill, very narrow landing area for your drive, 6 bunkers. Standing on the tee, I would settle for a 5 any day!
As a regular player at cobtree, where i was born and bred into golf i can honestly say that its a great course to play at any time of the year. In the winter months the green keepers do an excellant job keeping the fairways in perfect condition and use as less temp. greens as possible. In the summer the course plays wonderfully. I recommend this course to any mid handicapped golfer. The course is challenging, though shorter than the average course, accuracy is key to a low score with many hazards including 2 ponds, thousands of trees and the A229 Maidstone Junction, to your immediate left off the 10th tee!
A pretty decent course with some excellant holes (The 2nd, 3rd, 13th and 17th stood out) superb greens and good value at £19 for a weekend round. When I read some previous reports about Marshalls wiping out slow play I was encouraged. Alas this didn't happen and a very slow round ensued which spoilt what was otherwise an enjoyable experience. In my opinion this course is definatley NOT for beginners since the fairways are not wide and there is lots of trouble to be found when the fairways/rough are missed.
An enjoyable course to play, only slightly let down by the fairways which in some places were more like playing in the rough and penalized some good drives. (maybe the ground staff were protecting them?) For an un registered player the cost could be considered quite high. Good breakfast though. I will visit again.
Visited Cobtree for the first time today. It is a beautiful course and for me, as a high handicapper, very challenging. Apart from a few wet patches (there had been two days of torrential rain) the course was in excellent condition. I find Andy King's comments (review below) about the staff at the clubhouse extremely puzzling. When booking by phone the Pro was happy to talk about the course with us and our whole experience with all the staff was one of complete welcome and joviality. The quality of the course, the value for money and the pleasant experience with the staff combine to give an AAA+++ recommendation to anyone who hasn't tried this excellent club.
I agree with other comments here about the playing course here at Cobtree. Its well
kept and a pleasure to play. However the experience in the clubhouse is far from this. The attitude of the Proshop staff has to be seen and heard to be believed. Offhand, surly and downright rude only begining to explain what awaits the average Golfer. When asking to book tee time for the following Monday on a Thursday, I have been greeted by phone with " You a member ?? - no then you can't book more than 3 days ahead"
"When can I book ??" - "Saturday", - "But thats only 2 days ahead ??" - "Well call
on Friday then !!!"
In the shop itself its the same. Also don't try to buy more than a few drinks in the bar unless you can afford a second mortgage !!
All in all, I enjoy my visits to Cobtree, despite the staff, certainly NOT because of them !!!
Although this is a fairly short course it is enjoyable. The lakes on the par threes make for an interseting challenge. Probably the most enjoyable hole for me is the 17th closely followed by the 18th. They are starightish and a nice way to finish a round.
The only criticism I would have of the course is that it can get very crowded. However the fact that they have camera's dotted about the course means that the course marshals can keep slow play kept to a minimum.
I have played my second round at Cobtree, and I have to say that although it is a short course it still causes even the best of golfers problems. There are lots of trees that may come into play with a slightly bad drive,with long rough also causing a problem on many of the holes. If you ever play here take not of the view on the par 5, third hole.
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