26 reviews of Cookridge Hall Golf Club
just played here after two years away. this course was in superb condition and the greens excellent. this is the best i have known this course which in the past has been inconsistent, what a difference.
Played this course again twice this year on our annual visit and it was in excellent condition as usual. Staff as always very helpful and pleasant.
Good food and drink to be found in Clubhouse.
I couldn't believe how dry the fairways were compared to my home course. It was very nice to see your golf ball bounding down the fairway!!!!
Worth a visit this one.
Played on the 28th April 2011
Excellent condition, from tee to green, some of which were quite large that made sure your scored suffered if your putting was slightly off. Fairways again were in top condition and a good cut of semi rough before the tree. The course has an excellent layout with many challenging holes and plenty of water, you need to think what is required as it's not always best to hit driver off the tee as placement can be key.
We had 7 players and lunch was very good. Our choices were mixed between hot food or sandwiches but these were all well presented, very tasty and at an acceptable price.
Off Course - Most of the members we had contact with throughout the day were very very friendly. The Pro in the shop was excellent, very friendly and the shop was well stocked.
We used the 2-4-1 vouchers which equated to £27 per man for the day. We will definitely return to Cookridge Hall.
A most enjoyable day and would recommend the course to all standards and the course must be one of the better courses in this area. Well worth a visit.
One final mention to Gary the General Manager who assisted me in booking the day, nothing was too much trouble for him and his friendly attitude reflects throughtout the whole club.
Played here in mid Jan and was amazed how dry the course was although Jan has been very dry. Greens were very good almost like condition I would expect in May. This club has had a lot of press coverage due to it's success of golfers and the course matches the good reviews. Worth a visit and in summer prob in great condition.......
Played Cookridge with our Golf Society. really friendly greeting, food service was very efficient and friendly both before and afterwards. Nothing was too much bother.
Mixed ability society but all enjoyed playing the course and everyone made the Green on the 6th Hole. All the Greens were in good order.
All agreed that if we toured Leeds again, we would re-visit.
This course is a very nice layout indeed. Lots of water out-there, which by all accounts can be on fairways too in winter. Played end of summer tho and was impressed. Well worth a play if your in the Leeds area and looking for a cheaper course to play. I feel that this course could be much better tho if tee's and foliage were cleaned up a bit. Looks a bit scruffy in places. Would I return. yes. Verg good score possible here, I play off 12 and had 4 birdies.
Just played here in beginning of october. great condition & greens best ive played all year!!! cost £20 after 12pm, great value and the range was superb set up, friendly staff. when i am ready to join a club Cookridge is top of the list in the area.
SUPER LAYOUT, GOOD GREENS AND ENJOYABLE FOR ANY LEVEL. STAFF REALLY HELPFUL AND THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD BY GOLF CLUB STANDARDS. WILL VISIT AGAIN FOR SURE AS WE FELT IT WAS GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY. A MUST VISIT.
Played on 14-11-08 with a golf society, some of the holes should have been closed because of the water down the fairways. The 3rd was particularly bad with huge "bubbles" under the turf, like playing on a water bed!
The bunkers (I only visited two)were a little short of sand but had been raked, O.K. for hitting long shots out of but flopping out of greenside---forget it.
I found some of the green to tee walks rather long, it took us (fourball) two hours to do the first six, a lot of time was searching for plugged balls and walking the very heavy ground. Whole round took four and a half hours which wasn't too bad.
We all said we'd like to return when it dries out and could use trolleys.
All of us enjoyed the day overall, despite the difficult conditions--it looked like the greens had been hollow tined with explosives,---we paid £20 each including coffee before and pie and chips after, difficult to put a fair price because the ground was saturated---fortunately it didn't rain on us!
played this course in the height of the season and it was in great condition. greens really true and quick. rough not too demanding but some big bunkers. great value for money and will visit again soon. good staff service and lovely food, changing rooms not very big but adequate for us. well worth a visit and recommended.
An update on my report from last year. This year played at the end of June and conditions are much improved. Twilight rate of £18 remains in place so good vfm. Fairways, Tees and Greens all in far better condition but pace of play once again pretty slow. Ducks etc that were messing up the first and second holes seemed to have cleaned up their act.
Tee off on uninspiring first - straight down the middle with lake on left. Second slightly more interesting long slight dog leg to left up hill. Not as tough as expeceted as long as you avoid the bunkers. Third requires you to walk around the driving range and is probably one of the more interesting holes. A sharp dog leg right around the end of the driving range then to elevated green. Plenty of hazards but straight forward if you lay up on your second shot to give yourself plenty of room.
Forth is simple short par 3 - no hazards. 5th another par 4 which feels longer than it is. OOB on the LHS. 6th par 3 over water. Bail out long or on RHS. OK off yellow, a bit of a stronger challenge off white.
7th is a lovely hole slight dog leg left with trees on LHS, bunkers on right and up hill. Green guarded by deep frontal bunker. Again two on the green is probably optimistic. 8th is a short walk around side of the buildings to uphill fairway. A good tee shot breaks this hole down and four is possible. Best to remain on the short stuff rather than be too ambitious.
9th is deceptive dog leg left. For many just a long iron to the turn point. Don't over hit or you will be in trouble. too short and it is tricky to turn the corner. Down and up to green makes this a tougher hole than anticipated. 10th heads back out from the main area. Long hole with ditch in the centre and well guarded green. Pin position can alter the difficulty.
11th probably the hardest hole but not SI1. Sharp dog leg left but still needs a good drive. Second shot never sees green and can be well over 200 yrds. Laying up probably sensible just so that you can see the green. Few options to play safe other than to get it on the green.
Short walk to next hole. 12th easy for big hitters. Aim for part dead tree and slope brings ball down to green on RHS. Chip on and a birdy is possible. 12th looks easier than it is - very deceptive. Big hole because of up hill slope. Best to play to RHS taking bunkers out and opening up green. Second shot is not easy and further than it looks.
14th and 15th two short par 3s. 9 and 7 iron respectively. Get it on the green and there are few troubles. 14th is elevated green so anything off the green is tricky. 15th has ditches in front so avoid.
Short walk to 16th. Long L to R fairway with tree just where you don't want it. Good drive needed then sensible second shot to avoid all the hazards.
17th - often getting worn out by here and drive is up hill. Seen many people drive into impossible rough ahead of tee, but also get it too much and you can out drive the fairway because of unseen left hand dog leg. One to play for position. Green is guarded by very deep bunker on RHS. Card can be ruined here.
18th short walk and down hill over road towards lake. Green on the RHS. Plays shorted than anticipated. Could play slice drive towards green but rough and slope is tough. Best lay up with 7 or 6 iron and then play onto green for birdy opportunity.
Air line outside of club house was disconnected when we returned in the evening - no place to clean up shoes.
Played on the 1st of May - excellent value at £12.50 using a 2 for 1 voucher (hence the value rating), its still reasonable value at the full rate of £25.
I have rather large gripe about this course, see the other reviews - when i phoned to book a tee time, i was informed that there was a trolley ban and that the course was 'a bit damp' - this was a major understatement - whilst we had had some heavy showers the day before, you could actually here the water draing draing off the tees & fairways, some of the tees has standing water on them, nearly every drive plugged in the fairway and i actually found 2 golf balls in a puddle in the middle of 3rd fairway - if it wasnt for the greens, the course should have been shut.
Aside from the above complaint, the course is a great layout with plenty of dog-legs & water hazards and would be a serious challenge off the back tees - a course planner is very useful if you havent played the course before.
Considering how wet the course was, the greens were superb, probably the best i've played on at this time of year - very firm but receptive & quick.
Great clubhouse & facilities, & friendly staff.
I will definitly play the course again but only after a prolonged period of dry weather - think twice about playing if the weather has been wet.
Played a twilight mid week session - £18 and got about 14 holes in. Much like previous comments the downside of pay and play is the time taken for poor golfers to get around. Many just did the first nine, so in hindsight it was probably worth trying to start at 10 which was easy to do.
Much evidence of drainage, with another year needed for the surface to recover. No GUR though.
Some good holes, particularly 6th over water - but no drop zone, and 9th. Agree on yardage markers - why only 150?
A few tee boxes were hacked up, and little evidence of pitch marks being repaired. Saying that the course was green and lush. Greens quite quick given longish grass.
OK for a mid week, but would not rush to return given local alternatives
Played the course at the weekend, which managed to take nearly five & a half hours!!
The reason for the ridiculous time was that we were unfortunate to be out just after a visiting party of 15 or so. The last 4-ball had no idea how to play golf, or about course etiquette, and nor did the 4-ball infront of them. One of the players was that bad he couldn't even reach the Par 3 14th green despite hitting a driver!!!!
Whilst I understand visiting parties are a good & welcomed source of revenue for golf clubs, surely it is EVERY golf clubs responsibility to ensure that other player's rounds are not ruined by people who aren't golfers regardless of how much money is being spent.
That said, the two members infront of us, who walked in after taking nearly two hours to play 5 holes, were good enough to speak to the Pro about it. The Pro was out on the buggy trying to get the visiting party moving, and both he and the two members where good enough to apologise for this spoiling the round for us. We would have walked off as well, except we had paid £30 each for the privilege.
Anyway, that's my rant out of the way, now onto the review.
The course is a decent challenge and the layout is also of decent standard although there is a fair bit of walking involved between holes, especially the 3rd & 12th.
The course designer obviously liked dog-legs, as there's 6 of them to contend with. There are loads of water features dotted about, which enhances the layout, and the bunkers were well positioned, with some looking really tricky to get out of due to the steep banks. However, of the two bunkers I managed to find myself, I found them a little disappointing as they had little sand in them and hitting a decent bunker shot was near impossible.
Had read about the drainage problems of the course & I can honestly say that it wasn't an issue. The course was in good condition underfoot and although a few fairways were a little wetter than others, it didn't affect the round. The only bad areas of drainage were towards the rough and if you are missing fairways then you shouldn't expect ideal conditions. I, also, found the greens in good condition and they all seemed to run true from wherever I was putting from.
Only slight downside to me was the lack of yardage markers. The only ones they had were blue stakes, 150 yards from the centre of the greens, and some shorter Par 4's didn't have any markers so you just had to judge distances. I would much prefer 100 yard and 200 yard markers as well as this can help a great deal in club selection, especially for visitors.
Memorable holes include the 6th , a beautiful Par 3 here you hit over water to the green.
The 7th is a long Par 5 as you play uphill to a green that is well guarded with bunkers.
The 11th is another long Par 5, but if you're long enough off the tee you can cut the corner of the dog leg & have a chance at hitting the green, again uphill, in two shots.
The 18th is a lovely hole to finish on, although I think it would have been even better if you had to play over the water & fountain towards the clubhouse with the green just infront. Anyway, 314 yards was too much for me to try & go for the green, even though I drive with a fade, but longer hitters can be brave & go for it.
Of the club facilities, unfortunately we didn't manage to sample these as it was nearly 7.30 by the time we finished our round and we had plans for the evening.
The club does have a driving range, with a Spikes bar situated in a lovely old building with seating outside. As I didnt have the pleasure to use the facilities then I've given then a standard 5 mark.
To conclude, putting aside the unfortunate time element as I doubt that will happen again, I found this course a decent enough challenge. There's holes that will that will require a little thought and prove a good test of shot making for low handicappers but at the same time there's some really straightforward holes which will benefit a beginner or high handicapper.
£30 a round is a little steep for this type of course, £20-£25 would be a more realistic tariff, but is well worth a visit.
Played on the 5 May with my brother who is a member. He echos the comments that in the winter drainage is a problem, but when I played it the course was immaculate. Interesting design on some holes (if you like dog-legs you'll love the course), plenty of water and on the whole the greens were in good condition. Memnorable holes were the 6th par full (full carry over water) and the 17th was fun, blind tee shot but the approach to the green is a beautiful hole. Even without 2 fore 1 it is good value at £25 a round. Club house seemed nice enough, changing rooms could be better but apart from that no complaints.
Returned to Cookridge on 14th Jan to take advantage of their Winter £16 round deal. The round was booked midweek and when I asked about the drainage was told only a few problems on the 3rd hole.No mention of the following.
On arrival on the Sunday was told: no trollies allowed, mats to be carried and used all over the course and worse after the 8th hole you then were to move to the 14th and play in. This was for reduced fee of £12 plus £5 deposit for the matt.
Conditions were the worst I have ever encountered on any golf course with muddy standing water everywhere. The 3rd hole (usually a dogleg par 5) had apparently had a few more problems and was now reduced to a par 3.
Underfoot the fairways resembled a combination of the Glastonbury Festival 1998 and The Somme circa 1916.I have no idea how the course was deemed fit to play and we had to give up after 7 very muddy holes fearing an outbreak of trench foot.
Yes the weather had been bad and there is no problem with the layout of the course or the facilities. However the drainage is very poor and the course would be one better suited to a visit for summer play.
Good marks for challenge (I could barely stay upright), low for value for money even at winter rates and good for the facilities which remain excellent.
Super course,will definitly play here again,with 2 for 1 voucher was only £18.50 including buggy,great value for such a good track.Played some of the best golf I ever played here,an inspiration.
Have played Cookridge over the last 2 weeks and am thoroughly impressed with the improvements in condition.
I was a very frequent visitor to the course in the mid to late 90s when drainage was a big problem (particularly on 2,3 and 10)aswell as putting surfaces that were inconsistent at best.
Fast forward to 2004 and the fairways and greens are in much better condition and are a credit to the club.Always a great layout (particularly the par 3 sixth over water at about 150 yds and the superbly challenging closing hole where you can risk a shot at the green)
Green fees are now £23 in the week and as mentioned previously the staff are very helpful.Overall a big improvement.
Regular member. Agree with the comments above, the drainage is greatly improved from the good old bad old days of the late 1990's when it was almost impossible to play in winter. Nowadays the rough is fairly formed and the new trees are of a size they have real bearing on how you play the course.
Highlights are, the tough uphill second hole with left dogleg, approaching the 7th green from 150, 200yds out, and the attractive 18th par 4.
Played This Course Yesturday 31/08/03, and was very impressed with condition and layout of the Course; would recommend it to anyone looking to visit the area, Impressed with feature holes 6 and the 18th and recommend taking the green on at the 18th, its looks tough but if you hit it right can get on to the green in one shot,
Found the greens to be in immaculate condition, as were the fairways and tees. The course in itself is challenging for any level of golfer, but offers the chance of pars and birdies if the fairway is hit. Par 3 fifth is a great golf hole, with a lake between the tee and the green, also the 18th hole, which finishes off your round in style. A tee shot across a road either aiming to the left of the lake, onto the fairway to chip onto the green, or to the right of the lake going directly for the hole. All in all, an enjoyable round of golf, with challenges all over the course whilst still offering that little bit to tempt you!!
The course is in great condition after on going works during the winter to solve the drainage problem. Before the rain was an issue and it put golfers off playing there but it is a thing of the past. The fairways and greens are in top shape, and have been since the winter months. Also the members are very friendly in helping you out in any way, sort or form. Cookridge Hall provides a tough test of golf for anybody as hitting the fairways is no.1 proirity or you better bring spare balls as the rough is long but fair. Overall, the value for money is great as well as the course itself.
Visted the course twice in August 2002, found staff to be very friendly and helpful as i was late for both tee times!.
Yes drainage is a problem, my visit however clashed with the recent heavy downpours over Europe. That said the course was playable on both days and I have played on courses with worse drainage problems than this. There are long distances between greens and the next tee, further signs are needed to guide you. Have fun finding the 12th!
Well worth a visit, club house looks beautiful and you get to shoot your ball over gym members cars on the 18th as they drive their car to the gym instead of waiting.
The course seams set to become a great course over the next few years with the installation of drainage and irrigation now being installed. I think the course layout is excellent which is also a very fair course to play - land on the fairway - you'll get a good (level) lie. Stray and you'll encounter undulations, sand, trees or water. Greens have good lush grass which hold well. Staff and members seam very friendly!
Date of play 17th November. Brilliant course layout and well kept greens, however American Golf (UK) have a long way to go before this course is playable in the winter months. Still worth a visit in summer.
Course layout: 7/10
Value for Money: 1/10
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