22 reviews of Dartmouth Golf and Country Club
One of my favourite courses and the highlight of an annual week in Devon. I think the front 9 is slightly more interesting than the back but all beautiful. The greens would be fantastic were it not for the pitch-marks - I repaired 8 on one par 3. I must have left one of them, my mate had carved his, so there are 7 lazy golfers out there. My nemesis is the 10th - you're so scared to lose it right that you hook it and never see it again!
My wife & I have just spent a great 3 nights and 4 rounds of golf. The course is in great condition and very testing. The only gripe I would have is that a couple of bunkers have more shingle than sand. Fairways and greens were in great condition, and some of the views are very picturesque. The course is quite long and very hilly, so I would recommend a buggy.
The hotel was very good, nice clean rooms and good food. Service was also very good. Would we go again?? Yes.....every time.
We played 2 rounds on the Chyampionship Course on the April Bank Holiday-Saturday. Really quiet which was surprising as the online booking system said they were full-i called 4 days before spoke to a lady in the pro shop and we booked 7.55am and 1.15pm and i dont think we had anyone in front or behind us on either round! I would advise a buggy, it is hilly and i walked the first round and was really tired at the end (32 years old and average fitness).
The clubhouse is well stocked and has most of what you need-the lady in the shop was a little off putting and quiet rude to a golfer who got there before us-not what you would want to see or get when you are spending £72 for a days golf (she started getting very shirty about everything and when asked if the course was busy said 'yes its been manic all week and today is no different-bizarre given my comment above!)
The course was in very good condition and some of the holes were fantastic-the third in particular which is a hole you just want to keep hitting tee offs on! The greens were average speed but great condition-only gripe is that they have slopes, burrows and yet they dont take any so just simply hit at the hole and your be fine.
I would play there again, especially as it was a bank holiday weekend and was quiet-thats got to be unheard of.
Great golf courses and great value for money for a short golf break. We will be back!
Have just returned from a 5 day visit after out trip to Turkey was cancelled due to the volcanic dust issue...our organisor managed to secure this venue at the last minute and even though it wasnt Turkey is was an ideal replacement.
We stayed in lodges,not the hotel,and these looked like they had just been finished,and are ideal for groups,spotlessly clean and looked after by the daily maids.They maybe need a few more plates and cutlery but are a real bonus to the place.
The clubhouse and staff deserve special mention,we have never had such pleasant service anywhere,our guys drink a lot and can be quiet noisy at times,but they were looked after and pleasant all of the time,it seems they have a great solid team dedicated to helping guests
The course is really well laid out,and its difficulty depends on wind direction,the most difficult part is probably the first part,a sort of Amen Corner,the 3rd is an elevated par three which you need to be straight otherwise a bogey is the best you can hope for,the 4th is an elevated tee to a snake like par 5,trouble all over the place followed by another par three which is surrounded by a small pond and sharp slop on the right,one of our members used this get a hole in one...so its not all bad...after that the course settles into some scenic and playable holes but in most cases depending on the wind you need to be straight or play the slopes,so in my opinion playing it more than once is beneficial
We ate two or three times and the food was excellent,served again by super friendly staff
If you are in the area please give it a go,if you are planning a trip consider this place as its hard to beat
Any committed golfer with a reasonable handicap will have fun here but fitness levels have to be high unless you travel by buggy so be prepared. We played Dartmouth in the height of summer and over the three rounds we never saw the sun rain during the first round, cloudy but breezy and dry on the second and continual rain on the third. Scores were naturally affected at the end but very true greens were helpful through-out.
A few pointers - while you would be aware that the course is long note that the back nine has only one par 3 (18th), also get used to long puts most of the greens are massive and will need some work while the bunkers are relatively harmless hard and compact..
What of the golf ? Unless your competent leave the big driver in the bag for the par 5s (4th hole excepted) and on the par 4s concentrate on position on the fairway utility/4iron followed up by 7/8 irons to the greens. The second shot on the 15th proved my nemesis all week while I loved the finish to the 18th. The scariest was the short 5th high up on the tee accentuated all the water around while reaching anywhere near the green was always a challenge on the 7th. I enjoyed the wind behind me on the long 16th although that was reversed on the last round
The course was busy but the views compensated for any delays. Course rangers were a pleasure with their stories (and tips and encouragements) and one could only be impressed by the condition of both the course and site particularly the practice greens.
We had a good mid-week deal at the venue high standard food and room (with an excellent bed) and full use of the leisure facilities make the whole package really worthwhile. We will be back !
Spectacular, picturesque, magnificent. All are true of Dartmouth G & CC yet none adequately do it justice. This is an excellent course in an excellent location which has been carefully thought out and is maintained to a very high standard. They also accept 2fore1 vouchers (after 2pm daily) which adds brilliant value for money.
We found the fairways and greens to be consistent and true and the markers on each tee providing a map of the hole and Pros Tip make life a lot easier for the first time visitor.
A final word of warning though especially if you happen to be playing on a warm day there are some pretty severe undulations on and between holes so a buggy is definitely worth consideration.
Spectacular, picturesque, magnificent. Stop wasting time reading this review & get down there.
Only the second time ive played Dartmouth and im sure i will keep coming back. For me the course gets going at the 3rd hole. Just standing there on the tee looking at the hole makes you glad you took up golf in the first place.Then the very next hole makes you think why why oh why did you ever take up the game.A very tight par 5 with O.O.B on the right and left.Come away with a bogey and your happy.It's a gem of a course with a great finishing run and one of the best par three 18th's i think in Devon.The staff in the pro shop are very friendly and helpful and the only let down of the day was our food wasn't that great.
Played here in March 2008 on a three day package. The course generally was in superb condition although the greens were a little inconsistent with variable pace around the course.
Accommodation was comfortable if unspectacular and the food was fine. Full use of the leisure facilities, pool, sauna, gym etc make this an excellent value break and the staff were all very friendly and helpful, but the highlight is the golf course with some outstanding holes.
The 4th is a tough par 5 with a tight fairway bordered by a stream on one side and a rock face on the other.
You could play this course every day and never get bored. Go if you can.
Played on 19th September 2007 as part of a society. Fantastic track with every hole a unique challenge and the 3rd, 4th and 18th holes worth the green fee alone. Must be an absolute brute off the Golds. Excellent greens. Clubhouse facilities were fine but the catering was very average.
played this excellent course for three days ryder cup style format (society of 20) wot a course it has every thing water, deep rough, excellent staff, excellent food, if you are passing dartmouth it is a must, even to play the 9 hole is is fantastic, just play it
got married at this plce due to the fact i was getting a round of golf out of it!! what a course, it's one of the most picturesque courses i've seen and i live a couple of miles from st andrews! playing dartmouth is a must...
WOW What a course i played in march 05 and the course was in wounderful condition.YOU MUST USE A BUGGY i walk 1 round never again clubhouse was very nice we had a 2 night break.if you are thinking about going DONT THINK just go! GREAT views greens very fast we will be going back again.
Beautiful scenery and both courses challenging. I find the back 9 on the Championship a slog whilst the front 9 a good balance of technicality. The courses I feel in the last 12 months have become either overplayed or under maintained and have lost their shine
In three days I played 90 holes of golf, 3 full rounds on the championship course and the back nine once the rest on the club course, i would have played more but theres only so much light in a day. The course was superb the fairways were like greens on some of the courses im used to playing on which made the greens very difficult for me as they were so fast but more experienced golfers, i suspect, would not find that a problem. I would go there again tomorrow, the staff , the hotel and of course the course was superb, the only critsism i have is if you have food there make sure its cooked properly twice in three days i had undercooked food so beware of that as much as the 15th.
Club Course (9 hole) - This is a useful warm-up for the challenges of the Dartmouth Championship Course.
The only two Par 4s, holes 2 and 3, are both mid-length and no pushover. The second of the two Par 5s, at 7, would possibly warrant inclusion on the Championship Course. After that, there are two good downhill Par 3s to finish with, the 9th being a gentler version of the 18th on the Championship with its steep drop down to a green fronted by water and other trouble; like the latter, its also a great finishing hole if the game is close.
The Championship Course requires you to be right on top of your game and the Club nine is as good a way as any to warm up for it.
Have just returned from spending 3 days at this fantastic venue. Both courses are excellent with every hole offering different challenges and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. The whole atmosphere of the place is very relaxed and welcoming which is a pleasant change to most clubs. Would recommend this course to anyone and if there is a better finishing hole anywhere I have yet to find it!
Dartmouth is without doubt one of the best new courses in the south west, if not the whole country.
Having said that, talk of it being even in the same league as the nearby Nicklaus Course at St Mellion is nothing less than apocryphal. It does not have the constant variety of holes, challenges, or even scenery although that is to rate it against the very best. Nevertheless, Dartmouth has been rated amongst the top 100 courses in the UK (although they dont say who by!)
In general terms, after a couple of gentle opening Par 4s, the course quickly demands absolute accuracy over the next three holes, before opening out to a couple of Par 5s and then a string of predominantly samey Par 4s on a much less enclosed back nine.
Pick of the holes are the Par 3 third, where you tee off across a valley, over a lake and to what looks like a speck of a green surrounded by trouble on the far side; the frighteningly narrow double-dogleg Par 5 fourth, which winds along the valley bottom; the Par 4 tenth, framed by a rockface on one side and gorse just about everywhere else hit it too far left or right and youve had it; the long back to back Par 4s on the fourteenth and fifteenth, which demand carries over water with your drive and approach shot respectively; and, of course, the spectacular 200-yard (off the standard mens tees) Par 3 eighteenth, with its all-or-nothing carry from high up on the hill down over water to the green.
Dartmouth is a good quality, tough course: its hosted PGA regional qualifiers for about five years now. However, if the average golfer can survive the tight sequence of holes at 3, 4 and 5, the rest of the course is potentially eminently scorable if youre on form. If you can play well, in addition to enjoying the fantastic views, then Dartmouth will be well worth a visit.
This is without doubt, the best course that I have played. I stood on tee after tee and thought wow! how do I play this. Do not miss playing this course, but be warned it is hard work......
This is a tough,tough course in great condition which is a delight to play. Every hole is a different challenge. Shame it's such a pain to get to from Birmingham!
From the first sighting to the last look over you'r shoulder as you leave, the place is teriffic. Playing there is a memory I shall cherish allways.
Dartmouth claim that their course is the region's best kept secret. I cannot say that with any certainty, having only played St Mellion in that region, but can confirm that the course is certainly very impressive. From the silica sand in the bunkers to the maintenance of the course, you can tell this is a course loved by it's keepers. On a day to day basis I would have to say that Dartmouth edges out St. Mellion although St. Mellion in full competition condition would probably be better. Ps. Take plenty of balls and buy a course map.
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