22 reviews of Hawkstone Park
Very enjoyable golf break here booked with yourgolftravel.com. The hotel was pleasant and the courses nice and varied. We look forward to returning next year.
Played the Hawkstone course on a Thursday afternoon teeing off at 1.30. Course itself is very picturesque, some really fantastic holes, 11, 12 and 13 stand out. Great value at £30 for a 2 ball and £30 for a buggy. But I suppose into every day some rain must fall, so some negative comments as well. It's very slow which reading other comments I think reflects the amount of society golf that is played here and also the holes/tees/greens are quite close to one another so dangerous in parts especially given with society golf not everybody is gun barrel straight! (Including me!)
Overall it's very good VFM and a smashing course but I'd love to play it when it's quiet.
Played the Championship (Windmill) course today, 12/09/12. Tees, fairways and particularly the greens in super condition. Testing course with water involved on a succession of holes at the middle of the round. Picturesque setting, cracking facilities what more could you ask for. And today almost millionaires golf, only saw three other groups all the way round.
How does dinner, bed and breakfast punctuated by two rounds of golf at Hawkstone Park for just £69 sound? Well that's the deal I got when I booked recently and the price made me a little bit suspicious as to the quality of the courses and hotel. I needn't have worried though because all aspects of my weekend golf holiday were top class!
The hotel was nice, nothing flashy or over the top but more than good enough to enjoy our stay. The Hawkstone Restaurant was a particular highlight...we had our Sunday lunch here following our second round of golf and it was bloody marvellous!!
Both of the golf courses - the Championship and the Hawkstone - were really good fun to play and were in good condition for the time of year. The scenery is amazing which is just as well because the pace of play wasn't great. This however is my only gripe from an otherwise perfect golf break.
There were no issues with the hotel. We stayed one night dinner bed and breakfast. The dinner was good, the room was large and the breakfast was as big as you wanted to make it. We had an iorn, a trouser press, sky sports and standard stuff like tea/coffee, toiletries etc. We booked it as part of a golf deal for £69 dinner b and b and two rounds of golf. The golf courses were also excellent and neither too easy or too difficult- a good mix with some beautiful scenic backdrops on the older course. By the way, whoever criticised the breakfast must have had a one-off bad experience because I had: 2 x cups of coffee, four mini croissants, two hash browns, two eggs, two rashers, two sausages, beans ( I left the tomatoes and the mushrooms- I'm not greedy!) Weetabix (3), grapes, a banana and two glasses of orange juice! Great stay...we will be back.
Played Hawksstone with my golf society in mid October.
The Championship course very American in design with plenty of water, very challenging!!
We played a Stapleford on it on our first day and the winning score was 33 points.
The Hawkstone is a more traditional course and you will always remember the 13th and 17th.
Our groups bug-bear was the slow play that seemed endemic.
Friday's 18 took 5.5 hours, Saturdays closer to 6 and Sunday's 5!!!
On Saturday we played immeadiately behind 2 other societies and when we arrived for our appointed tee time there were still 4 Fourballs from the society infront waiting to tee off!!!
In summary, nice courses to play but dont expect a quick round.
We travelled to Hawkstone Park on a golf break in November 2010 and have to say it is one of the best value trips we've been on as a group. Having read a bit of information about the courses before and its Sandy Lyle link I was expecting quite a bit and thankfully it produced on all counts.
The Hawkstone and the Championship courses are two great layouts and in my opinion, one of the best 36 hole golf resort combinations I've played. The course offers impressive views and was in good condition for this time of year.
The hotel is comfortable and for the price we paid (less than £99) it was great value for money.
Played here last weekend.
First the good news:
Really enjoyed both courses, both are very genuine tests of Golf.
The Championship course has plenty of water for the unwary and has a very American feel to it.
The Hawkstone is more traditional and comes with the benefit of some stunning views.
The green on both courses were medium fast and rolled very true.
However, due to the stacking of societies by the powers that be, Friday's round took 5 hours, Saturday's 6 and Sundays 5 and a quarter.
A lot of our Fourballs on Sturday finished in darkness.
This is despite being directly behind the game in front at all times.
We were not called through as the course was packed in front of them and we would have nowhere to go!
When I complained to a staff member, I was told that they had a 20 minute buffer between societies, so in theory, you should never catch them up.
This system was not working last weekend.
In summary, Two fine courses, just allow plenty of time if you want to play them at a weekend.
Infact, I might reccommend taking a good book!!!
Played the Hawkstone course on a windy day after a night of persistant rain. The condition of the course was excellent, greens played true, although slow (as expected) on several. Course layout is interesting with the middle few holes disappearing round a huge outcrop before returning back to join the main course.
The landscape is breathtaking at times, especially the 10th, 11th & 12th - outcrops of sandstone homing Buzzards which call as they ride the updraughts is worth the green fee if the game is going to pieces.
Holes to watch for - the 4th, with a ravine between fairway and green; the 13th, a cracking drive will scamper over the brow, leaving a pitch downhill onto the green; 16th is eagleable (!); 17th is a killer - get to the post and fly your second down onto the green - majical.
We will return to play the Championship course, if anything like this one...well....
Played both courses last week, we began with the Hawkstone and then the Championship the next day.
The weather had been good for golf courses and the condition of both was top notch.
The Hawkstone - The greens were slow but true and the pace of play was bordering on unacceptable, we took just under 5 hours to complete 18 with hold ups from the 3rd hole onwards. Whilst there is no stand out hole there are a number that make you think and would definitely play differently next time.
The Championship - This course was much quieter by comparison and allowed us to play at our own pace which was an hour less than the Hawkstone, the course whilst only a couple of hundred yards longer than the other on paper it played much longer. The greens were quicker and the course more challenging. I would imagine that a long spell of dry weather would effect the condition of this course quite badly compared to the other.
The service, food, beer and accommodation was excellent value for money, this is a good well run society course and worth a visit.
I must repeat the views of the reports below.
The Hawkstone course is, varied well presented and very picturesque.
The Championship course is not quite as well presented but still very good. Someone described the first 9 as tight but it is not too tight as to stop you enjoying it (you can get the big stick out).
The hotel is very comfortable and welcoming- the beer is quite cheap by hotel standards - the food is good. We played as a society of 14 on a Suday/Monday deal and everybody was delighted and wants to go back.
My friend and I played the Hawkstone Course yesterday (21/06/2009) and it was fantastic. Having played here a few years ago I had always wanted to go back and was not disappointed.
The course was in excellent condition, the greens were true and the overall condition was very high. The course is very challenging but also rewarding for good shots, with lots of interesting holes and fantastic surroundings.
The facilites off course are also excellent, with a well appointed clubhouse and pro shop to go along with the driving range and short game practice areas. A decent sized putting green also awaits you right next to the 1st tee.
I have no hesitation in recommending this course to others, although it was very bus in front and slow going at times the Hawkstone was very good indeed and well worth the wait we had on most holes.
We played both the Hawkestone course and the Championship course last Saturday as a group of 20. The arrangements with tee times for five four balls from 9am and then commencing again at 2pm worked perfectly and we were efficiently welcomed and directed to the appropriate tees. The Hawkestone was superbly presented- no two holes are the same and a course planner a very useful tool. An extremely enjoyable and challenging four hour round.We would certainly return.
The Championship course is ok for its type, feeling American in its design features but it did look as though it would have benefitted from some TLC in terms of its presentation on the day. The rough needed cutting and there was quite a contrast with what we had just seen on the Hawkestone. However, we enjoyed it and the venue as a centre for two rounds in a day works well with pre ordered sandwiches nicely presented and served.
Certainly a memorable day and we will return.
Played and stayed on 29-30th of june 2008 (sunday driver for £110). Played the championship course on the first day and was reasonably disapointed with the front 9. A VERY tight and compact loop of holes through trees looks as if it has been squeezed in, a little scruffy too. Back 9 is a lot better as it opens up and uses plenty water hazards, very american in feel. Hawkstone course was played on the second day and was great. 4-5 holes really stick in the mind, views were amazing as holes 10-12 cut through a rocky valley. Hotel smaller than the usual de vere/marriott types but nice enough. Prices didn't stick in the mind so were probably reasonable!
Myself and two friends took advantage of their very good deal last weekend. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast followed by 18 holes on the Hawkstone course was £49. Superb value for money, drinks in hotel not too expensive, meal was good with a good amount of choice.
Very friendly starter explained all the best paths on the course and what to look out for. We had a superb round. 16, 20 and 24 handicappers finished in 4 hours with no queues. The 10th is superb a long par 4 with superb views of the Follies.
Hawstone is well worth a visit and we personally can't wait to return in March to play the Championship (Windmill) course which we've already booked!!!
We played both courses last Saturday and had a great day, despite the rain in the afternoon. The courses are very different in style but both were in fine condition. Some of our group preferred the more traditional Hawkstone with its beautiful views and lovely old trees. Others thought that the Windmill was the best course of its type they have played. It is an excellent society venue and I would recommend it if you are in the Shrewsbury area.
My wife and I played both course on alternate days. The Windmill course was longer than we were used too and a fine test of golf for all Handicaps. The Hawkstone course is slightly shorter but the scenery, especially starting on the back nine were stunning. Superb greens and some holes to remember whether played well or not. Would definately return.
We played the Windmill last week. This was real delight. No holes are the same and vary in the degree of difficulty. Par 3's are well testing and the greens were very true.
A return visit is a definate.
Absolutely superb. Everything first class, courses, greens, hotel, clubhouse. All for £30 weekday. 2-fore-1 on Windmill course.
Myself and three friend have recently booked a weekend at Hawkstone, this will be our fourth visit in as many years. The hotel is superb with quality food and rooms. The course is by far the best I have played, It's worth arriving 90 minutes early to play the accademy course as well, and the scenery is outstanding.
Can't wait to get back there.
If you have'nt already played at Hawkstone then I suggest you do so this summer. Both courses are excellent and I ended up wanting to go back and play The Windmill again the next day. The standard of greenkeeping is the best that I have come accross. Keep up the good work!
This is golfing heaven. 2 superb yet totally different courses offering manicured fairways & greens. Excellent changing facilities (best I've ever come across) with modern clubhouse offering great selection of food all day. Can't wait to go back
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