4 reviews of Goodwood Park Hotel and Country Club
We stayed here as part of a golf weekend and have to say our impressions were mixed. There is no doubting the quality of the Downs Course but I played here many years ago and remember the general ambiance being somewhat more refined. Jeans on a golf course of this stature looks positively bizarre. Still a good course but not a place we'll be returning to or recommending.
The course once known as The Marriott Goodwood Park Hotel & Country Club, is now part of the "Golf at Goodwood" estate, and is known now simply as "The Park Course", as against their other course,, "The Downland".
This was my first visit and the welcome all was first class. I was told that the course had been getting a lot of attention from the new owners and that there was a lot less rough all around. After paying my £25 green fee, I wandered past the bar area and towards the 1st tee with all that intrepidation and wonderment as to what this "new" course was to bring, and on first impressions, it was pretty good. The 1st in fact at 423yards off yellow, is one of the hardest holes on the course and it was a bit worrying when my 2nd, although pin high was well and truly enveloped in thick grass, and I was already wondering whether this course was going to be one of those where balls were going to be lost in clingy uncut grass just off the fairways. However, with no-one behind, or indeed in front, there was no pressure, and eventually it was found and duely dispatched onto the green where a two put for a 5 started the day off in OK style. Thankfully, that was the last seen of this thick rough, well at least until the 18th where there was some pretty tough stuff on the left hand side. What was becoming very evident though that this was a very flat course indeed, and only a very slight hollow appeared at the par 3 8th that took it off the leval. Some of the greens were well protected with both bunkers and some earth moving, but all in all, most holes are quite straight forward. There is a sting in the tail though with a very tight 15th between a lateral hazard on the left and OOB on the right, whilst the 17th has the same back down the other way.
Overall, the course is in very good condition, the greens good, the fairways well trimmed and other than the aforementioned rough on the 1st and 18th, there is not too much that will worry the better players. The biggest drwaback to the whole course is that it is all a little bit "samey", despite there being a number of old large and well established trees. A course to play if in the area, yes, but one to divert to, well probably not
There were four of us playing on a Sunday Escape. This represents good value for money. Due to the recent spell of hot weather, the fairways were parched, however the greens were not too bad.
There were few people out during our fist round on the Sunday, however on the Monday, we had an earlier tee time. We got stuck behind a fourball comprising of two elderly couples, who had to analyse every shot, all had to stroll to the "first" ball, then the "second".... instead of their own ball and putt out everything including 4 inch tiddlers. The 6 minute tee intervals didn't help.
However, it was a very enjoyable weekend. Hotel facilities are excellent and you are treated like like royalty. We are already discussing next year's trip.
Lovely condition. It was nice to have greens that actually stayed true to your put line, even with the hollow-tining. Shame about the overal design though. Tees are placed a lot of the time within an area of a mis-cued green approach shot. Several times we had to duck and wait for the thud when the shout of "FORE!" was heard. A little bit open in places, but the rough is quite thick to penalize. The 15th, 16th and 17th feel as if they were "bolt on attachments" to the rest of the course, and were not at all difficult. Maybe the 15th might have been from the back tees (they were back a long way), and how the 17th has a stroke index of 5 eludes me. The condition of the course more than makes up for it though, and being situated at the top of the South Downs and on flint it has exceptional drainage. Friendly staff.
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