17 reviews of Eccleston Park Golf Club
Played this course for the first time in March 2012. Couldn't fault anything. Very good course in good condition for the time of year, good atmopshere in the clubhouse and the staff in the pro shop very helpful. Would recommend
I've played Eccleston half a dozen times in the last year and have always had an enjoyable day.
For starters the visitors offers are good, and the clubhouse is inviting and well priced. The pro-shop is also well stocked and quite competitive.
The course itself has apparently had a pretty major revamp over the last few years. And the work has certainly been worthwhile, especially in the areas of drainage and the greens.
The long holes show good variety in yardage, with some offering birdie opportunities and others being genuine three-shotters.
The greens are uniformally good, and have remained in use throughout the winter so far.
There are a couple of lacklustre holes, but show me a course that doesn't!
In summary, Eccleston is a friendly and well-priced venue with a course that will be in good and challenging condition all year round.
I'm a member at the course, and the thing that keep me there is the value, and banter.
In the summer the greens are great, but there is still no work ready for the winter greens, courses close by have been prepping winter greens since August. Also the fairways are in very poor condition with poor grass. The rough seems unmanaged and the bunkers are either down to the sub-base or over loaded with sand.
The biggest issue is the lack of Marshalls, for a course that is part of a bigger group you would think there would be a decent bank of Marshalls that are happy to speak to people about pacce of play and etiquette. Many of the Marshalls will not approach slow players to speed them up, if you do see a Marshall when your playing let the pro-shop know you may even win a prize for spotting one in action.
The clubhouse is more of a canteen with a bar in the corner and the shoe/trolley cleaner never works. Same as the nets which are threadbare.
The most serious thing you will notice is the lack of protection provided for the junior practise area, if you slice or shank a shot of the 17th tee there is a very good chance you may hit a child when they are practising as there is no net or practise bays to offer protection from players teeing off.
For the older or less active player, the course is level enough to walk, but also challenging with good bunkering and water hazards.
Even with the negative points I have raised the course has a fantastic atmosphere and can provide a good challenge to the average player.
I have just become a member at EP and played my first round.
What a fantastic course, with members and staff as friendley as you could wish for, my first experiance could not have been better.
It started with me arriving on Sat for my first Competition, only to find out it was on Sunday....The course Pro ( inbetween laughing) got me on the course straight away, my first inpression was that they really look after there members.
Comke Sunday I was paired with the Ex Secratary and another member in a texas sramble and straight away they made me feel at ease as well as showing me how each hole played, danger areas ect, the banter was great and I walked of the 18th thinking that I had made my best Golfing decision in 18 years by joining this club, course 10/10 members 10/10 pro shop and staff 10/10
Played Eccleston Park Sat 13th November. Vast improvement over the last couple of years. Staff doing a great job and very friendly to visitors. Well looked after. Course has some changes and are for the better. We will definitely be back.
I live in Rainhill near to EP and remember playing here a few years ago - what a difference a couple of years makes. What used to be a bland uninspiring course is now a tough test with features, thick rough, hazards and challenges on pretty much every hole.
This has developed into one of the friendliest and best value clubs in the area. Well done to all concerned. A few local competitors could take note!
Played Eccleston last week with my works society and we all really enjoyed it. It has improved no end since we were there 4 years ago. Course was a challenge and quite dry for the time of year. There is a mix of easier holes and tough holes - such as the par 3 8th over water. Staff were good, from andy who we booked with to the bar and shop staff on the day. Look forward to returning (and playing better!) next year.
Played this week on a 2 for 1, the wind blew and boy was it a challenge, played it sometime ago and the work they have done on the course has come along way. Girl in the bar afterwards was really welcoming.
played the course 16/4/09
unfortunately the weather wasnt very good but the course is boring and is not in a good condition the greens and fairways had been severly spiked which made the green almost unplayable, charged £20 to play a course in this condition and wont be playing again
I played this newish course for the first time and found it an enjoyable fair test of golf. The greens were in excellent condition considering the rst of the course had suffered with the very poor weather for this time of year. Well worth a visit
I've played this Eccleston on many occasions so can give an honest and fair impression.
The course is relatively new and presents the player with a good challenge of golf. The clubhouse has recently been refurbished and includes a well stocked pro shop and a bar/restaurant serving a variety of food and drink (the all day breakfast is highly recommended). The course is currently undergoing refurbishment, effecting 6 of the holes - improvement is essential however and whilst it's currently looking like a 'building site' once finished, it'll be a very tidy setup and even more challenging. The clubhouse has a detailed plan of the project and the scorecards have been ammended so don't let this put you off what is a very good course.
Holes to look out for-
1st - Challenging dog-leg left par 4, longer hitters can shortne the hole considerably by going over the pond to the left of the fairway approx. 230 yards off the tee. A well hit second shot must be made into a two tiered green.
5th - Slightly downhill par 5, a good birdie opportunity. Players must avoid a pond to the left of the fairway from the tee. A good drive will tempt many to go for the green in two however a small stream will swallow up any errand shots. The out of bounds is close to the back of the green also.
8th - Tough par 3 with water crossing the hole. A misplaced shot will do well to avoid the drink. The green is one of the most difficult on the course, sloping toward the hazard.
9th - A tough par 4 featuring a pylon as the main hazard. A stream follows the hole down the left so the tee shot must be accurate. A mid to long iron will be left to a difficult green.
15th - Players must decide whether to lay up short of the brook approx 200 yards from the tee or go for it with the driver. A potential card wrecker.
There are a couple of negative points however - the greens have yet to be up to standard this year and the tee's required a cut last time I played. However these points are quite petty and I've no hesitation in recommending this course to everyone.
played the course on sunday 4th february unfortunatly the course was in poor condition resembling a building site rather than a golf course.there are mounds of soil and building debris along the first two holes and the last two holes.the "work" has turned the ground into a muddy disgrace! the bar facilities are small considering the refurbishment and rather expensive.
Having played several courses in the Merseyside area.It was a pleasure to find a course where you had to think rather than just blast away.Yes there is work going on.But the potential is there for all to see.
The new clubhouse is excellent,the menu has food for all.The prices very reasonable.
I for one will be back.
Unfortunately the course is in poor condition at the moment. The entrance to the golf club is uninviting, the road has been dug up, I presume for the appartments being built next to the 6th fairway. The car park, has no tarmac just dirt and is very small. Between the 6th and 9th the course is being redeveloped, mounds of earth and rubble cover the course so a drive off line on the sixth or the 9th you are looking for a ball in a pile of dirt!
The greens are poor, full of aeration holes that your ball stops in and full of sand. There is nearly as much sand on the greens than there is in the bunkers!
The new clubhouse is great, food is good quality, however is a little expensive.
I played this course mid November and the condition was brilliant the greens were rolling true and fast. I am a member of Widnes GC and the condition is pretty poor for begining of winter as there are only 9 holes open and some are on winter greens (short cut fairways) and is also play from the rough. I understand that clubs need to rest the cousre in winter but at Widnes i think they are resting it too early, us members pay for 12 months not 8 months. However the course is normally in good condition in the summer. I am now joining Eccleston Park as i think the club their is a more friendly club and a far better and challenging course.
Previous comment seems like a bit like an advertisment to me. Although a pleasent setting, nice clubhouse etc, the overall feeling for the course was uninspiring. Being a relative newcomer to the sport, I have tried a number of courses in the area, and could not see myself playing here every week. Flat and dull, by the thirteenth I was getting bored. The greens were good and, as previously stated, when the trees grow it will tighten up. Will probably go back in ten years or so, but have much more fun playing the local municipal at Sherdley or Walton Hall.
Eccleston Park is a relatively new course that has undergone a large number of changes and improvements since first opening. In its present form it provides a fair and stimultating golfing challenge and is blessed with good turf and very good greens. Greens are true and fairly quick and do not suffer from "bobble and bounce". A properly lined up and stroked putt will end up close or in the hole. The opening hole is a longish dog leg left par 4 with a shortish straight par 5 for the second. This hole is a reasonable birdie prospect. The quirkiest hole on the front nine is the 9th which is a short 90 degree dogleg right needing no more than a 4/5 iron to the elbow and a wedge in. The green does have some trick slopes on it but it will yield a birdie to a good approach. Overall the back nine is the more difficult half with the 18th giving the player a stimulating finish with a long par 5 with water fronting the green. Enjoy the fairly open aspect of this course while you can. When the profusion of trees grow this course will tighten up considerably. Clubhouse welcome is warm and friendly and the food is good wholesome fare. The breakfasts are particularly good. The staff at the pro shop are knowledgeable and friendly. Overall a visit to Eccleston Park is very worthwhile.
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