33 reviews of Elemore Golf Course
After reading the previous reviews, it is fair to say that the comments made with regards to dog walkers and local youths are justified. However it is unfair to generalise and stereotype everyone. The problem is with a small number of both and not necessarily from the council estate. The management and green staff would like to ensure prospective visitors to the course that measures are being taken to alleviate the problem by means of interaction with the perpetrators. Should this course of action fail it may be necessary to involve the local constabulary. As far as the course is concerned we are proud to say that after being neglected by the local council, it has improved immensely since the members have taken over the running of the club.Comments made by visitors to the course have been encouraging and continuing improvements are being made. Yes it is ever going to be a Wentworth or a St Andrew''s but come and give it a try and make up your own mind, you won't be disappointed.
This place seems to get a lot of stick on here, but as a golfer who is relatively new to the game, this place is great, yes the public can gain access to the course, but all you see is the odd dog walker and old men from the estate looking for golf balls in the forested areas, hey they even sell them, picked up 20 balls for £2 off a passer by! yes the course isn't in the best condition but is no where near as bad as people make out on here, as for the dress code, 90 percent of players wear smart golf wear, I don't as I am new to the game and don't own any trousers or golf shoes as of yet, however I don't feel that I get judged for wearing jeans and trainers and not having the best set of golf clubs, everyone very friendly and will continue to go to Elemore, keep up the good work!
Played this course 2 times in the last 3 weeks. Found it in good condition despite the horrendous downpours of late. fairways in good shape, greens in fair condition and enjoyed the course on the whole. never two holes the same and a test of golf all round. some very nice views too.
Members were really welcoming and friendly and i would reccomend this course for golfers of all abilities.
Will be back for certain!
perfect golf course, and club for people like my self who cant hit a ball to save their life. proper community feel, where i didnt feel crap about being rubbish. Theres plenty of clubs for regular players to use in the area, this place to me allows acceptance for anyone who wants to give it ago, a real gem, and a real plus side, is losing ya balls in the rough, i find more every time i look for mine.
It's a strange course this one, It's laid out quite well but is kept in terrible condition. It's still a challenge because you will lose your ball if you sway into the jungle they call rough. I think it's a real shame they don't make a good effort of turning this place into a
proper golf course because it has a good little club house and the course has got potential. I have played it on a Friday night in summer and all the local teenagers were sitting around the golf course drinking, people walk their dogs across fairways you about to hit up and every now and then a motorbike flies through. For me it wouldn't take much, stop the non-golfer getting onto the golf course, introduce a dress code, employ a good greenkeeper and a couple of full time staff on grass cutters and the course would come together very quickly. It has a natural charm about the course, a layout and some holes which some more reputable, better kept courses would love to have but just can't buy. Waasted!
What can i say is first i saw the 2nd half of the built when i was a wee lad. Played a bit of golf in them days I have been back there over the last few years and what a different place it is and the condition has come on a long way since it was built 15 year ago and is getting better. My fav holes must be the water holes and that long par 4 just before the par 3 on the front nine(think its hole 7)
Considering people are slaging the place off with the dress sence i think it has been well used and the area of hetton le hole i dare say it has got people onto the golf course that you would never get onto it if there was a dress code
As to been tough i have played it in the last to years and is now looking forward to playing chester le street but will have to be a different person as it seems that they are ever so posh
I was a member of this club for about 3 year and loved every min of it,fair enough on a sunday they would only be about 18 or 20 of us in the comp,but it was a good crack on the course and in the 19th(BAR).The layout is 2nd to none,i have not played for some time now but i will have to go back up for a round and see some of the lads who i used to play with,i know it's hard with the kids and that but keep up with the good work!!!
While this course is a great way to start golf it rapidly loses its appeal. Some nice challenging holes (a hard 80yd par 3 over water to a tiny island green is one that will stand out at you) but unfortunatley the greens are nowhere near good enough, the fairways are covered in weeds and the hike in green fees make this a good idea but poorly executed course. The price is now on par with other similar courses with much better kept conditions and the main problem is the amount of youngsters who ride bikes over the courses (and the greens) and sneak on to kit balls. Saying that the staff are exceptionally friendly and most people who play there are very down-to-earth and make you feel welcome. Pity about the state of the course though - I know this has been taken over and they are trying their best to make the course better but the problem is the people using it as a thoroughfare don't help the course condition. And putting prices up first and then trying to fix the course doesn't seem the right way around to me either!
I was a member from 1996 - 1998 and enjoyed playing in the competitions. Then Sunderland MBC let it out to a private provider (Golf Course Management), and as it was mooted that green fees were to increase, most members went elsewhere. HOWEVER, when I used to play, the rough used to be vicious (especially the 1st, 5th and 7th, and others)This has been much improved to the benefit of the wayward golfer!. I have played the course 4 times in the last 8 months. Yes, it is not the best course in the world (on a number of holes, there is still another hole & cup visible, and no rakes for bunkers), but it is still a fairly challenging course, and the price reflects the overall conditions.
I am not a golfer however i do walk my dogs around the course. These are never let off the leads and I always stick to either the rough/tree areas or the path, so would golfers please be considerate enough to myself and stop hurling abuse at me, when i am doing nothing wrong and i am doing my best to stay out of your way. Im sure many of you will have seen the man with the golden retrievers who just walks straight across fairways and greens allowing his dogs to steal the balls, please trust me my dogs arent like that so show a little respect like i show to you
As a regular golfer i play elemore about once a month,it is a mixture of difficult holes and relativly easy holes adding to the water feature holes makes the layout very good.
I understand reading previous feedback that improving greens/fairways/bunkers has to come from the course owners-fair enough but the dress code or lack of could easily be smartened up-I am no stuck up person and i enjoy the course but feel players playing in workboots,in jeans and no tops on drinking lager on the course does it no favours
Following the recent criticism from a visiting Chster le Street member I should like to point out that we are experiencing winter conditions and unlike other local courses we do our utmost to avoid winter greens and course closure when a bit of rain has fallen.
Of course the rough is rough ,its a course that punishes mistakes,and as for the comment about council tenants,how can you tell? Do they walk about with a rent book sticking out of their back pocket ,or is there a dress code that identifies one,such as a particular type of hat or a certain colour shoe ?
As our chairman has said the course is open to the public with several public rights of way and as such it can't be exclusive.
One thing is for certain though, if you can play to a decent handicap around Elemore you will butcher the Chester le Street course.I've played it about six times and you only need a Driver seven iron and putter.Oh and a posh accent.
By far the worst course I hane ever played on! I am a member at Chester-Le-Street glof course nearby and was appauled at the state of the greens and fairways on the course. Belive it or not, the greens were like an average fairway and the rough- I wont even go there! Although the course is cheap this is compensated for when you have council tennants running accross the greens (or fairways) overall a absoloutly terrible course. :(
Its interesting to see that many of the comments, good or bad, echo those of the committee and members. We too would like an improved dress code and full time greenkeeping staff but the committee can only request improvements to be introduced and implemented by the course owners GCM Ltd. The Pirates are a Saturday society that raise a lot of money for a local charity and in doing so welcome and benefit players of all ages and abilities. The tee is booked every Saturday at 10.15 a.m. and is very rarely closed for longer than 45 minutes. Most visitors and members guests do agree that the course has an excellent layout and one of which we are justifiably proud,however the course is very much open to the public and as such is prone to occasional unwelcome visitors (not all I hasten to add are from a council estate!)
I hope golfers will continue to visit and enjoy our hospitality and I can promise that the committee and staff members are working hard to improve the condition and facilities.
The course itself encompasses two par 5's,two water holes,some lengthy par 4's,an elevated tee or two,at least one tricky dogleg,but several opportunities to score well providing you can hit a fairway or two and sink a putt on the generous greens.
The course changes direction several times therefore if it is slightly windy it helps as much as hinders,and the ninth green and tenth tee are adjacent to the clubhouse therefore a halfway house is well within reach should you need a pick me up midway through the round.
There are some great characters in the clubhouse on a weekend and the senior members have a healthy turn out every Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We also have our Ladies and a thriving Junior section which includes one or two youngsters who will soon be challenging the adult members on a level playing field.
I look forward to seeing you.
i played at elemore last night, and play here at regular interval's. I think the course it self is a very challenging course, and think the lay out is superb, however, if there has been a little rain the fairways turn to rivers, and the greens become quite muddy. I agree with someones previous statement that if the club took itself seriously and cleaned itself up. It would also get my membership money.
Elemore is my local course and what a great layout it is. My only gripe is i dont think the club takes itself seriously enough and therefore does not project the right image! Elemore, if it took care of a few things would get my membership money, these are; 1. Make the dress code a 'little' stricter (no jeans, tracksuits etc) 2. Employ a full time greenkeeping staff.3 Implement a booking system at the weekend ( so as to avoid the Pirates). If this sounds wrong its just that i love golf and have made use of the 2 for 1 scheme and played a lot of private courses and found that a lot of the layouts of these courses do not compare to Elemore but they really look after their courses so the quality is better and if Elemore raised its game and improved the quality then it would knock spots of other private courses nearby.
I played this course in mid may 2006 and i was not happy at all.There were kids on the course pinching flags and playing in the bunkers.although the course was a bit challinging,i was let down by the kids.i would play it again when there is fencing around the course so the kids cant get on
It is without doubt the worst course I have ever seen or played on .The fairways !! well all i can say is you cannot tell the fairway from the rough ,and divit marks on the so called fairways are just unreal,you would think it had been hit by loads of bombs .This joke of a course should be closed down and build houses on it.I saw one guy push his trolly up from the footpath from the houses that run around near the 3rd hole ,take his ball retriever and go fishing for balls in the mud pit of a lake with his very young son looking around the green for more balls !!!
I have just joined this club back in July, and find it thoroughly enjoyable each time I play, with fast greens and challenging rough it poses a challenge to mid-high handicap golfers. The course has some relatively short holes in which you can almost reach with a 3 iron, and not to mention the tricky 3rd par 3, over the water with a strong SW, the only downfall is a lack of sand in the bunkers, would recommend anyone giving it a try
i was at elmore 2 days ago i think it is a good course now the grass has been cut and new greens has been put down. the children from the local commiunty does not come on to the course no more. any way get onto the course. the 1st hole is a down hill par 5 at 520 yards.it all so has a testing par3 3rd and par4 6th hole over water.i all so like the par 3 11th over trees in just 122 yards.the 18th dog leg is a par 4 wot needs a go 235 yard drive then a long iron shot on to the green. i will recormend this course to anyone.
As an inexperienced player, I found Elemore very intimidating. Its a bit rough around the edges but it is ideal to learn the game. The par 5 on the first hole is a nice taste of things to come. (never made par on this hole). The 3rd hole is a very difficult 90 yards over water and the 5th is a very hard par 4. The one thing I noticed about this course is that you spend quite a bit of time walking uphill. The first hole goes downhill and you spend the rest of the course going up. Last time I was there a kid stole my ball on the 4th hole. Toe rag! Never the less it is a pleasant course and the club house do a mean beef bap.
I believe that the course was better run when it was owned by the council. Fairways covered in weed grass, kids hanging around the par3 3rd and par4 6th holes as if it were a youth club, 'hardcases' walking thier pit bulls on the green you are about to play and as there is no body checking or patrolling the course you are getting idiots who think ettiqete is a brand of cat food! My last visit me and my pal followed a '5 ball'! Save your money and go to Hobson!
its a real pity that this course is not maintained better because it is a very well laid out course with some excellent holes.unfortunatly it is let down by poor fairways which are not cut on a regular basis, rough which is just unfairly high and for me the worst sin is the greens which have two holes cut so the pin can be changed in seconds,how LAZY is that. not many new visitors play this course again and that is a real shame
What can I say about this course? It is without doubt the worst course I have ever seen. Played it about 6 weeks ago. We walked off after about 8 holes. The fairways are the worst I have ever seen, believe it or not we lost 2 balls on the fairway, didn't look like grass had been cut for a while. There was an abandoned car next to second or third hole, we saw about a dozen kids messing around shouting as we were playing shots. They were just walking around pinching the flags. There was some guy who had three dogs off a lead running over the fairways. We felt sorry for one of the workers who was constantly chasing the kids away trying to get the flags back off them. It was an experience that I would not recommend to anyone. Never again!!!
I heighly recomend this course to any golfer. Some the holes are very diffacult however others are not, my recomendation is that Elemore make more chalangeing water hazards and sand bunkers I look forward to playing my next game of golf there.
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