9 reviews of Downfield Golf Club
Played the course for the first time in June and, hopefully, it won't be my last visit.
Great use of natural surroundings, particularly the brook that meanders through the course. Greens and tee beds excellent, fairways lush without being long, bunkers consistent - a rarity nowadays!
Struggling to think of a bad hole on this course, but plenty of good ones. The fourth was my favourite, a beauty especially looking down on it from the brow of the hill. 5,7,8 and 11 are all good holes, 13 and 18 fabulous dog leg right holes.
A friendly welcome from staff and particularly the pro who made sure all was well before we set off.
All in all, if you're in the area and have time to pay it a visit, it's a definite addition to the itinerary.
We thought that this was a really good course with challenging holes and excellent surroundings.
£59 per round might seem a bit steep but compared to a lot of courses charging similar fees, this was good.
Contrary to the views of a previous reviewer, it is only the mens locker room that has a different entrance and we found the members and staff very welcoming.
Course tip: Beware of the 16th
Nice enough course but at £59 a round I thought this was too expensive, and that downfield had delusions of grandeur.
Visitors are only allowed to enter the clubhouse through a side door and not the main entrance which is for members only. Visitors are also required to let catering staff know if they would like to use their services before they commence their round. I think this attitude should of been left in victorian times and hardly makes visitors feel welcome.
Day 3 of Scotland 2007 after opening at Forfar and then Carnoustie Buddon & Burnside.
Downfield has just scraped into Golf World's last Top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland and while it's a decent enough track, I can think of various other courses that are more deserving of such a lofty position.
We virtually all agreed that, whilst this is clearly a nice course, there's something that it lacks.
Maybe it's that, despite its treelined nature, it somehow still feels more parkland than woodland. Or that the sounds of the city (adjacent Dundee) are often still clearly audible.
But for me it's the soft ending, with virtually all the last five holes realistic birdie opportunities (as Young P proved by going on a birdie blitz in the afternoon round.)
Despite that, the welcome was warm enough and there are some good holes, notably the long par 4 7th and 11th.
It certainly also wins the competition for best-named hole of the week 'Kidney Punch' being the (surely inappropriate?) name for the short, innocent par 3 17th (we inflicted the real thing on the Bristol Monkey).
Couldn't help thinking that it seemed a slightly odd place to use for Local Final Qualifying for the Open.
Even stranger, I read elsewhere that Gary Player regards the par 3 12th as one of the best par 3s in the world! Bizarre.
Next up: Gleneagles King's.
Just finished my first 18 holes on what can only be described as SPECTACULAR !!!
Pristine springs to mind and apart from PGA tour you will not find truer greens anywhere- a special thanks and credit to the Greenkeeping Staff. WELL DONE.
This course was recommended to me years ago by a Scottish pal of mine. I finally got to play it this year and it was a real joy. A beautiful parkland course in pristine condition and true greens. A great deal of variety plus the clubhouse and staff were excellent. The food too was great value. I highly recommend this course, it is wonderful.
Played this course on the 13th June 2006 along with 6 friends and found it to be in great condition, providing a really great days golf.
Excellent varity of holes added to the challenge. Shot 39 on the front nine but wilted coming home to finish with a 90.
Great welcome in the pro shop and club house we were made to feel really welcome by members and staff.
You should all be proud of your great course
FIRST TIME I'VE PLAYED IT. A TRUELY WONDERFULL COURSE. WELL CUT FAIRWAYS AND SMOOTH FAST GREENS.I WAS ONLY 2 OVER AT THE TURN BUT TIRED COMING HOME.A MUST IF YOU COME TO SCOTLAND.
Just returned from 3rd golfing holiday in Scotland. Played many courses, Downfield on each visit.
Downfield rates as one of my favourite courses played ever. Every hole brings something different.
A joy to play - back next year!
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