35 reviews of Duxbury Park Golf Club
Went 13 of Jan, overall it's good & hard with plenty of dog legs to test skilled golfers, it's got one of the fanciest club houses I've seen & the pro shop's a nike golf retailer...which is nice.
Now downsides, to be fair the weather was poor but the drainage is equally poor, don't expect to be propped up nicely if you hit the fairway there's hidden boggy ground in places & if you land in the rough, forget about it & drop a ball, but this is the UK I suppose, the back 9's brutal with high greens & hidden bunkers, I'll go again when the weather picks.
Played 30th march early afternoon- absolute purgotry !!waited on every shot for 18 holes-groups in front show no appreciation of whats behind-3 groups on 3rd tee says it all.mentioned this to course staff on buggy-not interested.Two ball in front gave up after 9 and it made little difference to back 9 pace. Final straw was 3 lads in front marking their cards on the 18th green with the pin under arm while I stood in middle of fairway waiting-unbelievable.Never again-my advice is pay the extra at a private club where such behaviour isnt tolerated
Have to agree with the review below. This should be a great place to play but the maintenance of the place is not up to scratch. The bunkers are usually left full of water if its rained, some of the winter tees are unusable and the drainage around the place cannot cope. Add to that that they never seem to close the place even in the worst weather and i wonder if this place will ever be given a chance to recover.
I'm torn on how to write this review. The course is a very good. Challenging at times, with one or two beautiful holes. The negatives are plentiful however. Some very poorly kept greens, awful drainage which means that playing in the winter is pretty much a no-no, and not to mention the very snappy and unhelpful staff.
Standing on the first tee with a fairway that seems like a driving range ahead of you; it's easy to think that this course is going to be easy, and the first few holes lull you into that safe feeling. The sixth hole onwards though soon start to test you, with severe undulations, challenging greens and dangerous water in play.
It's a massive course, made easier by the first nine finishing back at the clubhouse and giving you the chance to enjoy the excellent restaurant before hitting the back nine. I love hitting from an elevated tee down into a fairway that runs down hill; and there are plenty of them, (and the other side of the coin being that there are plenty where you feel you are hitting uphill and will need oxygen to reach the summit), my only gripe was that it was my first golfing visit to the NW and the weather had been the usual NW summer; the course was very wet and boggy in places, (those undulations trapping water and cauing unexpected water hazards just where you didn't want them).
A lovely course, with some good recent developments and a lively busy course.
excellent course. played earlier today with my 10 year old son. a challenging round of golf and as previous reviews have said the ball needs to be kept straight. especially on the 10th-difficult par 4 tee shot and 12th where trouble awaits both sides
a fairly gentle start with the first and seoond not too difficult but from three onwards a tough test. the greens were in very good nick
the two of us played for £16 which was great value for money
it looked like a decent restaurant where hot and cold meals were available
the club shop was ok withiut seeming to stock too much equipment or clothes
will be returning very soon
What a beautiful course. Challenging but very enjoyable. Keeping the ball in the fairway is a must, as there are plenty of hazards waiting to gobble it up. Particularly the 6th with trees on the left, narrow stream all the way down the right and the big pond in the centre of the fairway. Must agree with a previous report with the old guy in the cart telling you to get a move on. We were in a four-ball behind a two-ball who were a hole ahead, as to be expected, but the four-ball behind us were half a hole behind, so there was no hold up. Other than the old chap our day was really enjoyable, nice course and nice new 19th hole for a beer afterwards.
My spirits werent high when I drove to Duxbury last Saturday afternoon. After a days rain and leaden grey skies on Saturday morning, the recent reports about the course condition on this site left me fearing the worst. However, my brothers-in-law and I ventured out in the blustery drizzle to be presented with decent tee beds, well-grassed fairways and some pretty slick greens considering the weather. I concede that some greens were a bit bobbly, putts occasionally coming up short and the bunkers were unsurprisingly waterlogged but are all well placed in clear sight so be prepared to take your medicine if youre wayward. After a straightforward opening 3, woodland keeps you honest from the uphill blind 4th approach (keep it left of centre) to the par-5 6th, where a big pond gobbles up any mishit 2nd shots. The 7th & 8th are straight up and down and the par-3 9th gives a quiet finish to the first half. The 10th tee shot, slightly uphill and back over the tree-lined pond catches loads of players out and leads on to a stretch of 3 nice holes, including the treacherous 12th that requires a long drive up to the crest of a hill, then another solid shot over a big valley. The 14th to 16th are quite open and you should fill your boots and score well. The 17th needs a good long tee shot to set up the approach, otherwise a long draw awaits. A final big punch on the 18th leaves a friendly 7-iron down to the well-guarded final green. Oh, and the course marshall did tootle up in his buggy for a jovial chat, but it wasnt busy so no stress there. All together, an enjoyable round so Id urge the 2 previous reporters to drop me a line and well go out again and hopefully get a better second opinion. At £18 it was on the high side but you can get much better deals if you play off-peak. The smart new clubhouse and a clearly well-drained course was everything that a group of 17-25 handicappers could have wanted. I look forward to returning.
Duxbury used to be the jewel in the crown of Municipal Golf, unfortunately the management company are in the process of destoying a once much loved course. Massive amounts have been spent of the catering facilities but this must have been off set by on course spending.
The greens were awful, patchy, and bobbly and totally inconsistent, there was probably one good green out of 18. The bunkers had not been maintained at all and some had no sand what so ever.
The fairways again were inconsistent on some I thought I was playing out of first cut.
This course used to be a must play for me three or four times a year, for sheer enjoyment and quality (not an overly tough challenge), and was quite happy to take visitors there.
It will be a long time before I return.
Visited Duxbury Park In March '09 on a Sunday morn. I have played there several times but not recently. Any my biggest disappointment were the greens! They all looked the part, no bald patches, weeds or water. But, My god they were DEAD. Absolutely impossible to read. From tee-to-green was superb but an excellent round was completely ruined by the fact you needed 3 putts on nearly every green. It wasn't just my suspect reading of the greens that was to blame neither. We spoke to a few members on the way round and they agreed that the greens had never been so bad!
One last thing to add about this course. At the 10th hole we were 'put on the clock' for slow play by an old dude in a buggy that informed us that "the pair in from are nearly a hole in front and the pair behind are coming down the last fairway so you are holding up play, Get a move on" We were playing a fourball!!! for god's sake and nobody ever stood waiting for us to play our 2nd or clear the green! this man was an imbecile that followed us round for 3 holes. So with HIM and the greens and the fact it costs 18 quid to be hassled for 'slow' play it didn't represent value for money at all. We played a n other course the week later and loved it, Better in every aspect!
We won't be back!
Our society endured an absolutely terrible day at Duxbury Park, the course couldn't cope with the amount of rain on the day and became waterlogged and unplayable. Needless to say there was no reimbursement of any green fees even though we didn't even start the 18 holes in the afternoon. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
We played Duxbury on Sat 15 November,after playing the course regulary over the years since it opened I have to say it was in the worst state it has ever been,just a complete mudbath with massive puddles everywhere (wellies needed in many places) some drainage work has been done but in the wrong places
We wont be back until next summer.
Lots of Money has been spent on a fancy clubhouse and restaurant instead of improving the course.
Well, I haven't played all that many golf courses (Heysham around 12 years ago, Euxton Park, Charnock Richard) so I don't have many to compare Duxbury with... but I have really enjoyed both times I played here!
My game is a little sporadic but the course is quite forgiving to this (I shot 47 on the front 9 and played the back 9 on a different day for 39) with wide fairways in the most part and relatively short rough. Good straight shots seem to work best as the course isn't hugely long.
Greens are faster than I remember on other courses and seem to be very well kept/consistent given the low fees (I paid £12.50 on a sunny Sunday afternoon and £7 for a Tuesday evening - bargain!).
Some of the holes are really nice with elevated greens, bits of water and relatively extreme undulations. Many players say the 12th is one of the best holes and I agree, tee shot is up to/over a pretty decent rise, then the hole drops away and raises up steeply to the green - short approach shots leave a tricky lob!
My only gripe is that it seems to get very busy when the weather is good due to tee times being bunched up quite closely... Not a problem if you don't mind waiting around on the tees, however it did take over 3 hours for 9 holes which was a bit daft. Second time round (even playing behind a 4-ball) it took less than half this time!
The practice green is pretty decent but the driving nets are out of action at the moment.
Facilities are lacking slightly (couple of portakabins for the reception and cafe) but there seems to be some building work going on.
Overall, well worth a visit if you are in the area and don't fancy shelling out large amounts of cash!
There are always differing views and multiple opions on any set of events. I played Duxbury on the 25th April just as Mr Fletcher did. Yes it was wet and muddy in places which given that we had had rain for most of the previous week was no suprise. But unlike some other local courses it was playable and open.
Yes green fees have increased as they have at every other club I have played in the last 12 months, but they represent good value in my opinion especially if you have I have done taken a 12 month contract.
As for investment at Duxbury look at the building site which is going to be the new club house. There is a new lateral water hazzard between the 6th and 7th fairways which is a drainage channel.This is on top of new drains put in during 2006
Duxbury has always been an extremely popular course and continues to be However the new management have a policy which is very different from the previous one. They do not want overbooking and a crowded course. They have introduced pre-payment at weekends to avoid the disapointment to some players who want to play but cannot book and then find someone just does not turn up or cancel. Most private or memeber clubs impose penalties on those who book a tee time and fail to turn up. Glendale have also imposed penalties on contract holders who do not turn up for tee times at weekend as well
I have marked down on general facilities just to reflect how they are at present temporary and cramped. By the end of the year the new club hosue will be as good as many of the local member clubs and better than the other municipals around
I have played this course a lot during the last 10 years - in the summer.It used to be my favourite course at one time.It is a nice course with some challenging holes .The 12th is my particular favourite.
Unfortunately things have gone badly downhill here in recent years.
Its strictly a summer course due to poor drainage and maintenence. It used to be good value but thats all changed now as the running of the course has been sub contracted to a private company (Glendale golf) who profit from it. The price of a round has been increasing way above the inflation rate and the same applies to the attached cafe and shop. Its a shame that some of this money is not used to improve the drainage which is absolutely apalling and getting worse due to the lack of investment.
The course itself is quite good in the summer but is to be avoided like the plague between October to April. It resembles a mire in places and cant handle even modest amounts of rain.Also there is a lot of temporary tees and greens in use during the winter months.
A new unwelcome practise here has just been brought to my attention. To book a weekend round now they are now asking you to pay in advance with a credit/debit card. This is disgusting in my opinion as one has to book 6-7 days in advance. If on the booked day comes and its raining heavy players should have the right to ring up and cancel. You cant do this now - well you can but you will still pay for not playing.So they pocket a full days takings even if the course becomes waterlogged and players have to change their mind. If the drainage was improved they would not be having as many cncellations due to bad weather. It looks like the days of pay and play are finished here.This practise can be summed up in one word - greed.
When your local councillor comes asking for votes tell them about this and ask them to give these municipal courses back to the people and maintain them themselves and cut out the middle men. We pay enough council tax and should not have to put up with this.
I hope you find this review enlightining and remember if your playing here in wet weather bring you wellies,
played it on the 30th of March, after the deluge of rain on Saturday.
very wet and most bunkers full of water.
Greens were in good nick for this time of year.
Excellent value at £16.50.
Looking forward to going back in the summer when it's dry.
Fantastic course in summer...Avoid like the plague in winter!! Drainage is awfull
Im a junior golfer and i paid £5 to play at a truly amazing course the value for money is next to none i travelled 19 miles to get to this golf course and it was worth the wait.
I have played golf at Duxbury over a 28 year period (although over the last 18 years less frequently). It breaks my heart to see some of the changes that have taken place, such as the removal of the bushes lining the 12th fairway on the right, this I suspect was undertake to speed up play (hackers so often losing their balls). The grass bunker on the 7th was only introduced as a way of reducing maintenance, it is not in keeping with the character of the course and I personally would like to see it reinstated as a sand trap along with the bunker at the front left of the 2nd green which has been grass filled.
A lot could be done to further improve Duxbury as a challenging course as it lacks yardage. 20+ years ago golf technology was such that distances attainable were far less than today and concequently Duxbury has been reduced to a pitch and putt course especially in summer when the fairways are hard. Indeed it is very rare I would require anything more than a wedge for my second shot on the par fours and all three par 5's are easily reachable in two, the 13th especially which is simply a joke when played as a par 5 offering no REAL danger to the percentage golfer.
It was proposed very many years ago to extend the 12th tee back to perimeter of the course, this could easily be done and would go some way to rectify the addition of the winter greens to the main green and the conseqent reduction on the course yardage (this I believe being taken from the green centre, I may however be incorrect in this assumption). Further yardage increases throughout the course could be achieved, the first tee could be brought all the way back to the coach house (Glendale offices! (what a waste as they would make an ideal club house if only the enterprise was their)) having first removed a number of trees to accomodate.
Come on Glendale, yes you are making some investment,(heaven knows were the return will come from) however the asthetics of the course and its challenge could be imporved upon rather than trying to maintain this mediocca standard.
Nonetheless I would recommend Duxbury, just a pitty its not privatley run.
Super course, challenging enough for every handicap. Fairways could do with a trim. Only real problem here is the drainage as some areas are very wet. Still a bargain at £15 for a weekend round. 10th and 12th are the holes everyone will remember.
The course is probably one of the best in the north west, on a par with Walton Hall. The only issue has ever been its playability. Even in early summer the drainage off the fairway is poor, so if you stray you can lose a plugged ball. Very frustrating. Course is usually considered unplayable from November to March by all but the management. I hope they can solve this with the private investment they're currently seeking. The course could be the best in England if run well.
Been playing at duxbury for about 6 years, really enjoy every round, the course is improving every year. Have played other local courses,but always return here.
i have played this course many times and really enjoy it as everyone says the 12th is a cracking hole were you can wind shoulders up at let loose.but for me i like the 10th all round grrreat course and value for money so give this one a go
this is probably one of the best courses in the area. its a municipal,but a good one at that!
iv played this course for nearly 8 years now and i can honestly say its a challenge every time.
a mixture of open and tree lined fareways makes it a mixed bag with the difficulty of each hole.
my particular favourites, the 8th, avoid hitting behind the BIG tree,or your not getting there in two...the 12th must be everyone's fave. a hole that looks longer than it is,IF you can reach the top of the hill its a clear shot to a raised green,if not,try a blind shot to a lowered fairway.
for just over a tenner you cant go wrong, its a must play for anyone!
what a cracker a bargain for the price. the greenkeepers do a great job keepit up chelsea tat. a tricky little course but i love it.
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