16 reviews of Erlestoke Golf Club
I played this course in April and again last week, having seen the previous review on here thought I should write as the reviewer has been a bit unfair.
The course mid April had recovered well from the wet winter, no signs of moss on the Greens. The previous reviewer fails to appreciate that after a wet winter many course had moss and early March is too soon for recovery as the growing season hasn't started yet.
I found the course in good condition for the time of year in April and last week it was excellent with the Greens looking and playing suberbly.
I will certainly be playing the course again soon.
We decided to revisit Erlestoke as it has been a number of years since we visited this course and the pro informed us that no hollow tyning was taking place (most local courses have recently hollow tyned).
Upon arrival it was immediately clear that this course has gone down hill massively. The greens are completely ridden with moss and contain minimal or zero grass. The bunkers were sodden and compacted through rain and no raking and contain no sand whatsoever. A considerable number were almost all unplayable.
It’s clear that this course has had no investment whatsoever and its now in a very poor condition. It really is sad to see how far this course has fallen as it has some potentially cracking holes (the par three downhill at the 7th is a beauty).
To cap it all off we finished the 18th and on a lovely sunny March day the whole club house was shut and only our car and one other in the car park.
On this showing the course will be closed before long as clearly it’s not a viable business and it’s owners no longer have any interest in it.
At £25 for a green fee its hugely overpriced. I wouldn’t return if they offered me a green fee at £5.
I love the course, one of the best in the southwest, greenstaff clearly know how to set up a beautiful course. 10/10 would recomend to everyone
Played Erlestoke last week and I must say what fantastic condition the course is in. Fairways are superb and the Greens have recoved well from the wet weather and were rolling very nicely.
As always the Clubhouse staff are very friendly and the food excellent.
Lovely course, can see how much effort has gone into the beginning of this year. 2012 was a really bad year for golf clubs, i heard erlestoke had its share of problems but things have improved. Bunkers are nice and fluffy with lots of sand, fairways are cut in nicely , tees are average for time of year, greens have had lots of work done to them, lovely approaches atound the greens. Beautiful views and lots of wildlife
After all the reviews from last year, i had to play to see what the fuss was about. The course is in brilliant condition. After a terrible year of bad weather, they have recovered very well. All bunkers are shaped nicely, new drainage, nice cut patterns, decent tees for the time of year. All been top dressed. The greens have had new drainage, and can see there has been alot of work put into the course. Very pleased
the tee off, i had to put the tee in the center of one of the many weeds so it could be seen and played from. huge diverts, not been maintained in what looks like years. The fairway, really, really muddy and covered in tyre tracks so the ball is basically unplayable, some fair ways were alright. brambles and stinger nettles out lined the perimeter of the holes. the bunkers were flooded and uneven, burrowed and have random mounds of dirt on them. the greens are unpredictable and had craters dotted about the place making them hugely bumpy. if you stood in a particular spot for to long you would sink and leave foot prints permanently in the ground creating yet more bumps. MANY PEOPLE HAVE CANCELED MEMBERSHIPS AND GONE ELSEWHERE. Nice layout, rubbish course wouldn't go again recommend playing somewhere else. Disappointed and angry.
OK I was on holiday and yes the sun shone brightly for the entire round but I left Erlestoke GC after my first visit with a very good feeling inside. Myself and a fellow player (a v.high handicapper) chose to play here as it was a handy escape from our nearby family holiday and we could not have chosen better. Despite getting a bit lost on the way and arriving 20 mins late for our tee time it soon became clear that traffic on the course wouldn't be an issue. There was hardly a sole there and in 4 hours we never saw anyone infront of us or directly behind us, a rare pleasure indeed.
The course starts very strongly with a good variation of holes in terms of length and style and the first 3rd finishes in stunning fashion with the almost vertical downhill 170yd Par 3 7th which offered fabulous views across the downs from the tee. Once at the base of the hill the course settles down and does become a little repetitive in outlook merely changing in length but then the interest picks up again as you begin to use the slope again and finish the climb with a blind uphill teeshot on the 17th Heartbreak Ridge. Even the short Par 4's towards the end and tweaked enoug that they aren't too easy. A gentle 18th finishes the course and despite yet another 3 put I was very happy with our round and would highly recommend the course to anyone passing or staying in the area.
I play off of 19 and found the course a reasonable challenge and could/should have shot my handicap with decent putting. Off the yellows it measures around 6100 yards so shouldn't be treated without some respect. The course was generally in very good condition, the welcome was friendly and the proshop well stocked. We didn't really use the facilities but the clubhouse looked modern & welcoming enough should we have had more time to hang around. Looking forward to next year.
P.S Mid week green fees are £26 which is OK if not cheap for the timing. Maybe should have checked out 2fore1!!
We had an excellent day at this course on June 10th. The greens had recovered well since being tined, and were true and well kept. For a "new" course, all of the members of the society were impressed by the condition and the layout, with only the 17th attracting any criticism, which may have been as a result of the climb to the tee!
A fair opening hole, followed by a tricky uphill par three, sets you up for an interesting round, and, whilst the 8th to 16th will benefit from a few more years growth, if you play here when there is any wind blowing, you will find most of the holes present a challenge.
An excellent society venue, thank you Erlestoke Sands.
Just over ten years old, Erlestoke is predominantly still a long way from maturing. There is some nice surrounding scenery and a few good holes to go with it: the long Par 4 (off the yellows, Par 5 off the whites) third, the drop hole Par 3 seventh and the uphill Par 4 sixteenth.
However, after a preferable front nine, the majority of the back nine is spent zigzagging back and forth along adjacent holes. Sparse young trees planted between the fairways do little to prevent an undeveloped parkland feel.
When you add in the poor quality of the greens (apparently theyve just been sanded) and continued drainage problems during the winter months, for the most part Erlestoke still very much looks and plays like a new course.
Its not for want of trying, but, despite the comments below, theres still a long way to go here.
Recommended. The 7th is undoubtedly the highlight, but the rest of the course is in excellent condition and well worth playing. The facilities are also first rate, with a well-positioned bar overlooking the 18th hole and 1st tee. Tip - try to save some energy for the hike from the 16th tee all the way back to the top of the hill!
I am secretary of a thriving golf society, we have played Erlestoke Sands for the past 5 years, and now use the venue for our final fixture and prize-giving.
The course is interesting, well laid out, a joy to play, and the welcome second to none. Our members love coming back each year. It makes my job of chasing members to attend very easy.
I would recommend Erlestoke Sands to anyone, if you don't believe me, just try it once to be converted.
Erlestoke Sands is a very friendly course with first class facilities. The course is stunning, beautifully kept and challenging, but not too punitive to the odd wayward drive.
In my opinion it one of the prettiest courses in Wiltshire. The par 3 seventh hole has one of the finest views of the Pewsey vale. The couse is reasonably difficult offering challenges to both high and low handicap players. It is also a very freindly and welcoming Club .
Weekday green fees shown are incorrect it should be 16 per round with a special of 12 on Mondays only
To update you on our Golf club:-\r\n\r\nPauline & Trevor Head have left the Club with the Catering now managed by Mr M Pugsley MD.\r\n\r\n\r\nFrom Ben Armit (President)
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