De Vere Herons' Reach
De Vere Herons' Reach, Blackpool, North West, England, FY3 8LL
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10 reviews of De Vere Herons' Reach
We travel to Herons Reach each year with my society and can't believe the low scores some people give this course. The fact that we come here each year is testament to the fact we enjoy it and can't think of a better destination in the region. The course is excellent with a varied bunch of holes which each time we've played have been in great condition. Given that it is a golf hotel course, the greens are always fast and true and would happily pay a green fee here (we normally do a golf break with rightclub.co.uk to Herons Reach).
Would recommend to anyone looking for a good value golf break.
played this course for the first time with my son a very bad start as a spot of lunch was ordered which after failing to arrive after about 30 mins i went to the barman asking it where it was (the bar till had failed to register with the kitchen so no lunch arrived. so went out on an empty stomach!!!!
was behind a four ball. 3 of whom seemed to think it was in the rules to play two off each tee and then procceded to take a ridiculus amount of time looking for any balls within the group that were "lost". there wasnt one hole that we played without a wait on the tee. we werent offered the option to play through them. a 4 ball were in front of them who didnt seem that much quicker either. a 4 . the marshall on the first tee warned us it was a very busy day !!!!
as for the course itself. some tricky golf holes offering a good test to the middle and high handicapper-not the longest course (480 was the longest) but not the widest fairways either so the good old 4 iron was used in the tee as much as the driver. a low handicapper wouldnt be too streched here but the rest of us would be. the greens were lightening quick
would go back again but would use a 2-1 voucher next time as at £40 for a full price round was more than a touch expensive considering the wait on the tee etc
im giving a score of 3 for facilities for the sole reason my lunch didnt turn up (there werent that many customers in the bar or terrace at that time so the staff could have been much busier. £2.50 for a coke so beware !!!!
the driving range was a bit drab considering the surroundings (no electric tees) the chipping and putting greens were first class though but the pro shop was very well stocked
Played on a sunday driver package in September 2008. A short but relatively interesting course, however not one i would visit again. Poor management of tee times led to five hour rounds, with waiting on every tee. Not what you expect from a four star De vere package.
I have played many De vere courses in the past and Herons reach is certainly not up to there normal high standards.
Found the entire experience great, very friendly staff and good driving range (although the bays are a little 'tight'
The course is in fantastic condition and although not the longest, it is still a good test (especially in 35 mph winds!!!!)
Hotel great and will definately be visiting both the course and the hotel again!!!
This is a very pleasent course to play and considering the weather and amount of rain the previous week, was also well looked after. There are some good tight holes but too many holes (par 4 & par 5) that are reachable in either 1 or 2 shots. Saying that there are some tough holes and likeable par 3's. The greens were good and true despite the amount of traffic as there were many people on the course and the time of year. Very good and interesting course and would visit again!!
Having read the previous comments, I can only say that there must have been significant improvements during the last couple of years. I thought the course was in good condition and well maintained and judging by the number of people on the course, it is very popular. Although the greens were slower than most at this time of year (8/06), they were true. The 4 par 5s are all relatively short and reachable in 2. There are a number of lakes which make the course more interesting but generally they do not come into play. Herons' Reach is a typical man made course with 'manufactured' terrain and features. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant course to play despite the relative slow play of the lady members who didn't appreciate that they were holding up the field.
What can I say fabulous course the only thing I could knock was, at the end of each hole there was no signs or arrows to tell you where the next tee was. I for one would play their again.
WE were very disappointed with our outing at Herron's Reach. The course was in awful condition, totally water-logged. The bunkers were truly dreadful, in a total state of disrepair, didn't look as though they'd been raked all year, nevermind that morning. The tee-boxes were poor, the fairways uneven and the greens pitchmark-ridden and covered in sand. We saw numerous green-keeping staff sat idle on their machinery chatting, rather than getting on with much needed course maintenance. This would all be vaguely excusable if it were a genuine "pay-and-play" public course, but the green-fee of £45 represents woeful value for money. The fact that the guy in the pro-shop apologised to us when charging £1.4- for a small bottle of still water summed it all up really. Avoid visiting Herron's Reach, it is cheap and nasty.
Played this course in July 2004 and as stated in the previous comments first impressions are good, staff were friendly. Once you get to the driving range this changes poor quality bays and balls not what you expect from De Vere. The course itself was in very poor condition. Fairways werent defined, tee boxes were as long as the rough and the greens were very wooly. Not sure that some of the bunkers had been raked this year let alone that day. We got the green fee for £23 (weekend)and that was about all it was worth had we payed the £45 advertised I would have felt robbed. The hotel is really nice though.!
Played here during a stag weekend on Friday 14th May. First impressions when you drive in are great. Reception from golf staff was 1st class, the course has a nice layout with lots of variation. A couple of downsides with the course was the par 3's were almost all the same length with no long one were quite reachable for many a golfer with a pitching wedge or 9 iron. The course was manicured ok, a bit more cutting required on some parts of the course to tidy it up and give it that wow factor. All in all a nice course to play (watch out at weekends as we found it can be quite busy as it took us 5 hours and we missed out the 18th)
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