27 reviews of College Pines Golf Club
Took over 4 hours to get to the 15th hole. Had to walk off no light started just before 12 midday
To many golfers booked on sheer greed.
Myself and friend had two rounds of golf this week ie tuesday and thursday. found course to be in good condition greens very fast for this time of the year. We were both staying at nearby Thoresby Hall Hotel found getting rounds no trouble in fact found staff went out of their way to help. The clubhouse does meals etc and the gammon ham eggs beans and chips to die for wonderful lovely brown chips the way they should be done. IN all thanks Pines Gold Club
Played on a wet and windy February day. No standing water or real wet area's despite a week of rain. Played from the white tee's which you are permitted to do-this made it a 6800 yard beast in the wind we had. Challenging layout with some tough holes. Fairways wide open and not really a test of accuracy from the tee. Some nice interesting holes and a good test of golf-your long game needs to be in shape to score well here. Took us 4 and half hours to get round so the 'traffic' wasnt too bad, it is a long course afterall. The one disapointment was the greens, they were terrible, some of the poorest ive played. They were patchy and bobbly meaning you couldnt be confident even if you 'saw' the line. Never seen so many missed four foot putts from our 4 (rest of our group were all same). We put this down to the condition of the greens. Maybe im being unfair because of the time of year we played (February after a bad winter).
Would definetly play here again though, preferabbly in the summer when the greens would hopefully be up to scratch. Bit pricey at £24 for a weekend round but overall a good challenging and interesting track.
played on thurs 25th aug 2010, with a greenfree 2for 1 voucher,so cost was £8 each, i live locally and under stand course has a reputation for slow play, but we found no problems, our two ball was completed in three and a quarter hours , which we thought was very respectable. The course itself was in good condition and the greens fairly fast and true. Its not a particularly difficult course but we found it very enjoyable. The welcome in the pro shop was friendly and helpful, and the same can be said in the bar . Definitely worth a visit.
I'd class College Pines as a very average course, we played during February with our society which in my opninion is the best time of year to play due to the excellent drainage. The course is easy to play as reflected in the high stableford scores. We felt the greens fees at £22 are a little steep for the the condition of the course, and time of year, the greens were in poor condition, inconsistent, patchy and bobbly, the fairways were sparse and most shots felt like playing off hard ground. During our round we experienced something I've never seen before, six motor cross bikes riding around the paths of the course for five minutes ! although not a fault of the course interupted play as he all stood watching in disbelief. In terms of socities our welcome was warm, very accomodating and friendly, all staff involved were excellent and we were well looked after. The food was also excellent and were flexible as four of our society didn't show up. One word of warning though , we were charged 50% green fees for the no shows which I feel is a little harsh as it didn't affect the tee times too much. I appreciate the course is busy but we had to find £52 out of the blue which for me as a society orangiser was an inconvenience on the day. Overall a good day out, a good winter course, hampered by some harsh charging, poor greens and six motorbikes.
Our 20 strong Society played two rounds here on Saturday 28th September. I can't say our first impressions were terribly strong when standing on the 1st tee at 0730 and seeing what appeared to be a rather featureless downhill dogleg par 5. The next couple of holes weren't terribly interesting and as several other report writers have mentioned, it was rather slow! We were due off the first again at 1230 and needed to have our pre ordered sandwiches as well.
However, things got better and better and the holes much more interesting from the 4th onwards. Play also speeded up and we finished in just over four and a quarter hours leaving time for an adequate rest stop. Pre ordered sandwiches and soup were served to us as the five four ball came in and the staff were exceptionally friendly.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable and challenging experience which provided a number of us with decent scores. The greens were a little slow but absolutely true and in very good condition given the high number of players per day. An excellent course for visiting Societies such as ourselves on a Saturday.
played this course twice now and must say i am very,very imprest. Realy freindly reception on arival,a good test of your golf skills. All togeather a exellent golf course.
the course is a good winter course but the problem with it and its a big problem is that the course is too busy played at the weekend and after six holes we had been playing for two hours we came off on the thirteenth after four hours and this happens most weeks , i think its pure greed from the course owners and totally unacceptable.
We had booked to tee off at 7.30am on the 24th June 2007 arrived at the course at 6.55am for the usual pre-round coffee, first impressions were good even tho the club house looked a little on the small side,we were told to tee off straight away as we wouldnt get on at our booked time because members wanted that time, after forming what seemed like a pay and queue system we got off, followed by a fiveball of moaning members ,had constant nagging and moaning from the fiveball until our fourball could open up a nice gap between them , found members really rude and not prepared to want any pleasent comment or conversation with non-members, a cheap course to play but would rather spend the extra money and play other courses in the area.MISS THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS
Aesthetically college pines looks the part from the car park as you view the practice area, putting green, and the clubhouse etc. And at £21.00 for a weekend round on a non muni course the price cant really be faulted either!
What was the problem then? why wasn't I enjoying my weekend golf this week? I didn't realise what was wrong at first....... but i had plenty of time to figure it out! far too much time.
Three and a half hours is a reasonable time for a round of golf. The problem was that after three and a half hours we had just finished the 11th hole.
Some other people on here have said that the pines having large landing areas and generous fairways. This is not the case! some of the fairways were down to 25 yards in width. This was followed by extremely narrow second cuts leading into deep rough. Slightly wayward shots were followed by a long drawn out search for a missing ball. This was happening all over the course. four balls, three balls whatever......... everybody was looking for balls and slowing the game up to a point that was murderously slow.
At the end of the eleventh pete and I gave up the ghost and walked in. I HAVE NEVER, EVER done that on a course i am playing for the first time.
Find another way of making the course challenging for god's sake. Tight fairways and deep rough just kill a courses playability. I hate to say it, but, another visit here is not on the cards for me........ it's just too slow.
thumbs down.... 3 - 10
Played the course yesterday morning after getting a last minute booking and it was excellent.
Friendly log-cabin style clubhouse and a great restaurant area with loads of golf memorabilia.
Drainage at College Pines is second to none and the course is rightly very busy at all times (we played at 6.30am!).
Great for the beginner with generous landing areas off the tee and fine, firm greens. Fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, pine forest and Worksop College.
Couldn't be faulted.
NB Weekday round now £15 and Weekend £21.
Played the course today ( 28/12/06)with our society ( 28 members played )I have to say that the whole day was excellent, the faclities, staff and course were all top knotch. It is easy to see why the course is so popular this time of year with very little water on the course, ( other than the hazards ). Previous reviews suggested the pace was a litle slow, our 4 ball was last out and it took us 4 hours and 30 minutes. The pace initially was a little slow but this time is not unreasonable for the volume of players on the course. The course is a real challenge being long with well placed hazards.The driving range is actually a marked out practice area with mats, with 50 balls for £2.30( strange price ). As noted earlier well worth a visit, we have already booked for next year
its a great course to play in the winter, the only faults i have are the bunkers need more and better sand, plus the course is very slow to play so you wait on every hole.
I have just played this course today as part of a society. I really enjoyed every single hole of the round. The course is challenging enough for all grades of player. This course is also set in very nice surroundings. Great facillities and very accomodating.
Played this course for the first time with an associate member and had a wonderful days golf.would highly recommened this course to any one, beginners or even tiger.Ive heard that the rough has grow a bit since I played which will surly add to the difficulty. Get yourself down there and youll see what i mean.
played this course for the first time yesterday,the only comment i have to say is fantastic!!!! the pro shop made us feel very welcome,we booked for the day,and what a great one it was! for our standard of play it was great with fantastic greens,the club house serves a great breakfast,a must for all standards of golfers we will be going back very soon.
i have never felt so rushed and unwelcome at a golf course in my life.we booked on as visitors at 7.15 and we managed to tee off at 7.30 after the starter had let 2 three balls of members in front of us as we waited on the tee!!!!!!we were then told to hurry up on our second shots on a par 5 the opening hole!!visitors beware they want your money but not you on there course will not be playing here again
Fantastic golf course and superb staff. I felt welcome at the pub after the round and was personally greeted by the golf director and pro. I will be joining today.
Played the course for the first time yesterday as i`m from Manchester and was staying in the area.Excellent clubhouse and practise facilities and was made to feel welcome by all the staff.The course was in excellent condition and the greens were superb. It`s a par 73 which makes it sound like a beast but as long as you hit the fairways then you`ll be fine.Another bonus is that you can play from the white tees if you like..none of this "if you`re not a member then you can only play off the yellows" attitude.Hope to go back later in the year when the rough will have grown a little. £13 a round.. an absolute bargain.
This is a super course. It has a mixture of long and short par 4's,with a sprinkling of 3's and 5's. It is superbly drained so in winter comes into its own,grass tees and greens all year round. It has peace and tranquility, a variety of membership options and an atmosphere in the club house and the pro shop which is welcoming and supportive. Superb food too!
Played College Pines yesterday for the first time and can back-up the comments of other reviewers. The course is a true test of golf for all standards and very well laid out. The backdrop of the pines trees gives the impression of a closed in course, but upon reflection it is quite open. I am looking forward to playing it again in the near future.
The one down point was the clubhouse was closed when we finished our round at 7.00pm, which after a long round was a let down when a cold beer would have been most welcome.
If you get a chance play it
i dont now what the last reviewer was saying when he says its monotonouse, this course is a good lay out with long par 4s and short drivable par 4s it makes good use of the undulations and the stream that runs through several holes
the par 5s are possible reachable to the big hitters if you hit fairways on the correct side to make them shorter
the greens and tees are all in excellant condition with no mats or winter greens even in the wettest weather
all in all this course is a joy to play and if i didnt live 50 miles from it i would play it more often and poss try for membership
Quite a tough and challenging course requiring good length and accuracy off the tee. If your driving is 'off', the course is generally unforgiving! A fair test of golf, nonetheless - my only real criticism being the comparative monotony of the course layout.
We played this course at the back end of October at short notice after our booking at another local course (Kilton Forest) was mysteriously deleted and replaced by a lucrative visiting party....funny that. Nevertheless our enjoyment that day was not spoilt as the pro at College Pines found us a start time and made us welcome. Being a member at a seaside links I am always a bit wary of playing an inland course at this time of year (mud glorious mud !) however this course was well drained and not overly wet. The length of holes provide a variety of challenges 5 par 5's and 4 par 3's and I particularly liked the imaginative bunkering (fairway and greenside) and grass hollow run off area's protecting some greens. The course should interest both the dedicated golfer and novice, I played with two relatives who play very infrequently and between us we only lost one ball. Overall an enjoyable afternoon's golf.
Good long course which is very forgiving in good weather. Greens are true but perhaps a bit too firm even at this early stage of the year. Par 3's are a little unadventurous and bunkers a bit shallow. But on whole the course is a good test and your made very welcome upon arrival and after the round. All in all fantastic value for money.
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