Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club

Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club, Wadhurst, South East, England, TN5 7DQ

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Played the Woosnam numerous times and I like it though not everyone does. Most of the holes are visually interesting to me, with several very good Par 3s - 7,10,16. The Par 5s are long enough to be real 3 shotters except the 18th. For me the 9th is probably the best hole, with 6 and 17 also very good Par 4s. The 17th a classic match play hole - short, with the green directly over a stream. The bunkering looks good but some placed to take good shots, rather than slightly off line shots. And many bunkers have lips at the front of the bunker. The greens are interesting shapes, but often have a slightly soft feel. The long rough has been allowed to grow very long which looks attractive but in many instances is quite close to the fairways which probably slows things down quite a lot, especially as the short rough is virtually non existent/ shorter than the fairway in many places.

Posted by david on 16/02/2016
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We were 10 people from Norway who stayed for 6 days and found Dale Hill to be one of the better courses in the area, we visit England every second year to play Golf for 12-13 days and Dale met all of our requirements.The Hotel was comfortable and the rooms were clean and had all the amenities needed for a pleasent stay.Excellant service at the hotle and in the pro shop.

The courses were in great shape and the greens were well kept but difficult to read, rough on the Woosnam coures was a bit brutal, sligthly off line and your ball was lost.
Would recommend this couse and will be certainly returning

Posted by Peter Osborne on 17/07/2013
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My friends and I played Dale Hill from May 20th to 23rd. We go away on a golf weekend once a year and consist of a group ranging from one guy who plays several times a week to others who only play a few times a year. We played the Dale Hill course on the Friday and Monday and the Woosnam on the Saturday and Sunday. Both courses are foregiving and , considering to lack of rain recently, were in very good condition. The greens were tricky to read but were still in good condition. Some of the holes are really stunning to look at, especially a couple of the par 3s (10 and 16 I think) on the Woosnam and the 15th on the Dale Hill. There's a fair bit of up and down on both courses so we were pleased that the Woosnam course has mandatory buggies.

The pro shop staff were also very helpful, putting out NP and NP in 2 markers each day and also pinning a laminated A4 sheet on the relevant tees to remind us.

The courses were matched by the hotel. The outside is rather dull but the interior is very confortable. The pool is small but warm and the food was excellent.

Overall we were really happy with hotel and both courses and are seriously considering returning next year.

Posted by Nick Smith on 05/06/2011
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Some friends and I played both the Old Course and the Woosnam at Dale hill over a Sunday & Monday break.

Both courses were very good with the Woosnam being the better of the two. The courses played quite short and most holes only needed a wedge for the approach shot. However the par 5's on the Woosnam were nearly all well over 500 yards.

Our only gripe was the greens, although quick we just could not read them, in addition each cup appeared the have a crown and if your put wasn't strong enough it would easily veer off left or right. If your put was slightly too strong then it finished at least three feet past the hole. We weren't the only people who found the greens a little tricky, other people we chatted to had the same problems. Having said that as it is not yet April the course was in great condition.

The food was also very good and we all enjoyed the hospitality of the warm and friendly staff.

Overall a very good weekend made even more enjoyable by stunning scenery and some cracking golf.

Posted by Jonathan Langridge on 29/03/2011
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We played both course's as part of a stop-over playing ian woosnam course on day 2 which i would recommend as it's a buggy only course which came in the price.Both course's were in excellant condition but the woosnam course was a fantastic course to play.Every single shot needed to be thought about where natural hazard's have been used in the design very expertly.The 12"rough either side of the fairway's,deep bunker's,and enough water for the need to accurate with every shot.The par 3's were all a great challenge but reach-able if you are straight.The 4* facilitie's were as they say and all of our party of 32 all have said that we should return.

Posted by Paul Dangerfield on 19/09/2010
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Have played both Dale Hill and the Woosnam in the past year. The first would be fine if more attention were paid to the greens which are stodgy and uneven -- unlike the Woosnam where clearly the groundstaff spend most of their time.
Dale Hill is a touch dull to start with but improves as you go round in layout but does need a little more landscaping to make it more than a pay and play.
The Woosnam has wonderful views, some interesting layouts but off the yellows is often no more than a three iron for position and a nine iron in to the green. This is fine but does rather take the sturm and drang out of golf. Pros may want to play tactically but the rest of us want a bit of billy bang.
The greens, however, are top notch -- difficult to read and hard to pace.
It does rather feel that Woosy had a job shoehorning the course in and if there is a fault it is the terrible modern tendency to grow acres of long grass in unnecessary areas. If some clodhopper bangs one into the back of beyond behind some trees, he's already being penalised, so why add elephant grass for us all to trample in pursuit of his damn ball! Slows the thing down and actually doesn't make it any more of a test of golf for the good player.
With a buggy, golf should be two and half hours not four and half but then some lessons in getting on should be mandatory for the herberts that now infest the nation's courses.

Posted by Sam Andrews on 03/10/2008
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Played both courses on a Sunday - Monday deal on 27/4/08
Weather was pleasant
I'm an 18 H'capper and not a big hitter (to help where I'm coming from, plus aesthetics are important to me)
Played the Woosy course first. On arrival I thought oh no it's a converted farmers field and it is a bit open but it is beautifully laid out and well designed. It was a good test of golf with a variation of holes without being bang bang chip. Good views on some holes. I throughly enjoyed it. Unable to give a true opinion of the greens as they had been hollow tyned and filled.
Played the old course the following day and perhaps having been spoilt the day before I found this course to be very ordinary, not unpleasant but very similar to the North London suburban courses I play regularly.
Would I recommend it, yes but I think there are better packages.
Word of warning re the hotel, the food is neuvelle cuisine very nice but not a lot of it! (Having a full belly is also important to me)

Posted by John Day on 06/05/2008
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Having returned a few weeks ago just had to write and say what a fantastic place this is to play and stay
Two brilliant golf courses and fantastic hotel with first class staff,our group of 30 or so found no fault....not easy.
Loved both courses,the older is shorter but a good warm up for the Woosnam....hopefully he will get more courses to work on as he got this one spot on
Thanks and we will be back

Posted by Paul Green on 08/10/2007
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Great venue and a decent test of golf. Course benefits from the acres of space available. The fairways are generous, but miss them and you are in properly-punishing rough. Par threes (5 of them) are a joy to play. Greens are top drawer; slick but consistent.
Even if your game deserts you on this course, the views are wonderful and the buggies will provide some thrills (at least two paths wouldn't be out of place on a theme park ride!).

Posted by Gavin Roy on 09/08/2007
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played there las tweek thought everything about the club was impressive.course was in very good condition and the greens were not too fast.all members of our society had a great time.

Posted by colin osborne on 03/06/2007
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Played Dale Hill on 25 August after some horrendous rain the day before. The course was holding up really well, no flooded bunkers at all just a few wet places in amongst the tree lined holes as expected. The course isn't long and you could probably get away with 3 wood on all the Par 4's but I thought the Par 3s were very good. Most are only about 160 yards but well presented. Well designed course overall actually and always interesting but we got stuck behind a society from Belgium that took 5 1/2 hours to get round. Apart from this a good day out for the money.

Posted by Craig Willson on 30/08/2006
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Played the Woosnam course last week. 2for1 deal only £30 including buggy excellant value. Fairways and greens in good condition and the course is a very good test for any handicapper.

Posted by Mark Roberts on 21/08/2006
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Played the Woosnam course yesterday and would echo all the comments about its value and appearance. I played it about 5 years ago and it has improved very nicely. It was the first time that my playing partner had played it and he was also impressed. Fairways and greens in excellent condition, the course is a very fair test and, i think, is superior to Chart Hills.
I also agree that the Staff very helpful, and the refurbishment of teh hotel and conference facilities make it a first class venue.

Posted by Patrick McGinley on 09/06/2005
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Played the Old Course as a fourball and using 2 for 1 vouchers. Great value for money, with some enjoyable holes (7th, 13th and 16th in my opinion being the best). I am sure it won't be too long before I return.

Posted by Craig Scott on 31/05/2005
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Played the woosnam course on 1/5/05. Using a 2 fore 1 voucher I don't think you will find a better value golf course in the area. I agree with a previous comment that the course is a little short playing off the yellow tees, but the variety of holes, the views (especially the 1st par 3 which from memory is the 4th) and the quality of the fairways and bunkers make up for this. The greens whilst quick were a little uneven, it looked like they had been recently spiked so may improve in a few weeks.
It does not feel as exclusive as its' sister course Chart Hills but is more forgiving to a higher handicapper and with the discounted green fee is very highly recommended.

Posted by Alistair Armstrong on 03/05/2005
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we played the ian woosnam course today (07/02/05)and what a course. the staff where very helpfull and the course was in good condition considering the time of year. there was some very trickiy holes ie the 8th and 9th were you play over some loverly valleys. all in all a great days golf espiecialy when we got it two for one and buggie thrown in as well. well done dale hill cant wait to go back soon.

Posted by Calvin Keighley on 08/02/2005
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I want to book a room at the Dale HILL G C HOTEL AND THERE IS NO MENTION OF IT.
I would like to give the telephone number to a friend to book up can you phone her please...
Mr or Mrs Chang 0208 788 7663 saying that Ruth asked you to phone them?
Many thanks.

Posted by Ruth Smith on 22/10/2004
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We played the ian woosnam course on 2.9.04 .I cannot speak highly enough of this course the welcome from the staff was the freindliest i have known ,
and the condition of the course was fantastic but found the greens extremely hard to read. My only small criticism would be that the fairways nedded cutting a bit shorter. When we played we got the 2 fore 1 deal which makes this course even better value as you get a buggie in the price of your round. Go and play you won't be disappointed.

Posted by Dave Watson on 04/09/2004
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Played the Woosnam and the Old Course over the 2003 May bank holiday weekend. The condition of the courses could not be faulted and both have some very interesting holes!
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My only critisism would be that both courses are a little on the short side. If you are a single figure handicapper, try and play from the back tees. At 6,000 yards, the Woosnam doesn't have a par 4 over 400 yards from the yellow tees.

Posted by Ian Dallas on 28/05/2003
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Played the Woosnam course on a dreadful day in September. With the weather aside, the course was in great condition and stood up to the wet very well. The course is a good test of golf with long rough on many of the holes and the opening long Par five sets you up nicely for a very enjoyable round of golf. In all I recommend this course to all standard of golfers, but you do need to hit the ball relatively straight of the Tee.
Richard King H'cap 12.

Posted by Richard King on 08/11/2002
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Old course;
Am I alone in thinking that it's odd to stand on the first tee and have a face full of 120 year old oaks ? Where are you supposed to aim for ? My mate, I played with, a club member, came up with the bizzare statement "aim at the trees, hope it fades away, if it doesn't, you've hit a good shot"
After that, you get lulled in to a false sense of security (apart from the 3rd green - hands up those who have putted off the green and 30yds back down the fairway) then she jumps up and bites you through 13/14/15/16 if you can get through there without losing a ball, you're home.
Not long, make your score early, survive "amen corner" and you'll have a low number on your card.
Chris H'Cap 12

Posted by Chris on 29/08/2002
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I have played the old course twice and both times were very enjoyable. Although the Pro-shop has been expanded come with plenty of balls. The front nine gradually get more difficult leading up to the back nine, The 1st and 2nd are relitively easy but the same cant be said for all holes. There are two short holes but that doesnt mean you will par them. Nice fairways for this time of year and the greens vairy in speed. It all adds up to make a great game.

Posted by Matt Jones on 08/10/2001
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Spent a weekend at the hotel recently and enjoyed 3 rounds Woosnam ,Old Course then Woosnam again.
The Woosnam is a fantastic course with some excellant holes the majoratity being in the valley after the par 3 5th.My advise to any high handicappers would be take a lot of balls as the rough is very hard.Buggies are compulsary on the Woosnam and are included in the green fees.The old course front nine settles you down after the test of the Woosnam but has a sting in it's tail on the back nine Buggies for this course are £20 extra but not needed as the course is not phyically demanding.Hotel was fine,Pro-shop did not have much to offer so advice would be to make sure you are prepared on arrival,although i believe the shop is being expanded soon.All in all had a great weekend and would highly recommend both courses.

Posted by Rob Wilson on 19/09/2001
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The old course is a fine course. Some generous fairways means forgiveness on mis-hit tee shots. Many greens are protected by several bunkers and the course also has some water which makes you plan your attack. The course is not too demanding physically and offers you a good game of golf. With seven par 4 holes being under 360 yds, it offers scope for good scores, but this is not to suggest the course is easy - believe that and the course will get you next time! Highly recommended.

Posted by Robin Hodges on 02/08/2000
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The "Woosie"-course is a good test for all golfers. Excellent conditions - greens very good. Also fine accomodation in the Hotel with a friendly welcome.

Posted by guenter.kempter@1012surfnet.at on 08/04/2000
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