14 reviews of Hazlemere Golf Club
Short and very undulating course with plenty of blind shots to test your course management skills. Unfortunately there were no course guides, so this made our trip even more of an experience. Greens were slow and deceptively tricky with lots of subtle undulations. With a 2fore1 vouchers the round was £22 which was fine, but I would have been disappointed had I paid the full £44 to play. Dress code was relaxed in the club house which alos made a nice change.
Friendly staff made us welcome
2fore1 made the course good value. Would still have paid the full price just once. Would play again using 2fore1 but not for full price.
Tees and fairways in good condition and pleasant to use although there were still a few mats.
Bunker conditon was variable (eg a rock bigger than a ball), but then they are supposed to be a hazard!
Greens were true and interesting to read, although a little slow because the grass has hardly started to grow yet this year.
...And so to my favourite part...the terrain which everyone has commented on. All the holes were up, down or side hill and I thoroughly enjoyed making the shots required. Of course, many of the holes were blind and if you want to keep your score low then you may get frustrated ending up in an unseen hazard. The 14th for example is a par 5 with 2 fairway markers and a green marker because you can't see the end of any shots as you crest the hill, apart from maybe your puts!
Get a 2fore1, get a half set and a carry bag and enjoy!
This was a new course for all four of us.
It is a handsome parkland course set on a modest hill. Quite short at 5508, but quite difficult.
I felt that it was a course not well suited to strangers as too many holes were blind and the fairways had lots of slopes.
The course was well presented.
By our standards this was a fairly expensive course.
The lunch sandwiches were good. The bar had one cask ale (Pride) priced at £3.25 (for visitors. This is an all-comers record price for the home counties. So, we did not visit the bar afterwards for our meal but went to a nearby recommended pub The Crown (IPA at £2.25).
The changing room was effectively out of use because a carpet was being laid. The helpful chap in the shop had not mentioned that when I arranged the visit.
When we went off at our appointed time the course filled behind us entirely with two balls! Although the card directs one to let two-balls through we had to stop letting them through as we could have become completely stationary. So, up on us all the time. I found later that this was mostly a ladies Competition which they played in twos.
What a course! Up hill and down dale it is not for golfers with pacemakers. But a course for those who like a challenge it is. There are many blind shots, and at times you must be aware which green you are playing to, but here your use of the contours and your awareness of the weather is vital for success, and your mastery of it the source of much enjoyment. This course begs to be played several times, and is not the choice for a one-off game in poor weather. This is a place where a light breeze can be turned into a windy day by the contours. It is a fair test for and a good contest between the long hitter and the cannier player.
The greens and fairways are well-kept and the bunkers always have enough sand. Divots are replaced here and pitchmarks are repaired. The bunkers are always raked.
The club is very friendly and welcoming, and the pro and bar staff alike welcoming and jovial. For me, I could have played it better with some local knowledge, but I will definitely be beck!
On a sunny spring day this was a thoroughly good day out.
Despite having a really good round on the day I played, this is not a course I would be in a hurry to return to. The main reason being I didn't find navigating my way around the course a particularly enjoyable experience. There are an awful lot of blind shots, mainly due to the course being fitted up and down a very deep sided valley. The 1st sets the tone as an almost vertical descent, where you can't see the green, nor any hazards until you are right on top of them. Unless you are very familiar with the course, or are prepared to spend time walking back and forth to check out the lie of the land and risk being abused for slow play, there is a large element of hit and hope. If you don't mind the quaint topography it is a well maintained, fairly mature parkland course that represents reasonable value to the visitor on a 241.
Hazlemere Golf club is a great place to learn your golf,as it has 3 very good coaches, the course is in very nice shape at the moment. It is playing very difficult with the damp fairways and windy conditions. The junior section is great and you dont fill left out when you enter compititions because theys alway someone making jokes on the first tee.
I am a junior member at hazlemere golf club and i play of 12. The junior section is fantastic and is extremly well run. I must say hazlemere is very hilly and you hardly ever get a flat lie. This makes your club selection vital and your approach shots must find the right tier or you face some very tricky putts.
I used one of the 2-fore-1 vouchers for this round as I wanted to play a local course which may otherwise cost a few quid. I was really looking forward to a game on a new course and how disappointed I was. I'm sorry, but this really isn't an enjoyable course, not for me at least.
From the first you have a blind tee, and tiny green considering the gradient of the ground you'll be striking your approach; and that sets the trend for the 4 hour walk which lies ahead. Hilly doesn't even begin to describe the course, and the layout is questionable to say the least- it certainly left me scratching my head and hitting and hoping on several occasions.
Well, this course is a little bit different. I understand it was recently bought out by its members to ensure that more of their money was invested back into the course so it has a cozy feel to it and you can see that money is being spent. You play up and down (and only occasionally across) a deep valley - it really is up hill and down dale and you will get more leg exercise than usual - expect some very steep extended hill climbs - if you finish you will know you dont have a heart problem! Also expect to get LOTS of practice on inclines and slopes - just about the only flat areas are the tees and greens. The rough is reasonably kind, but there are a number of lateral out of bounds to contend with. The first hole is typical of many - long downhill blind drive, with the ball running a long way. The ninth shadows the 1st back up again (In summer, some of the uphill holes will actually run back towards you quite a way - you then need to aim for the rough to hold the ball!). There is a nice balance of short and long holes - even the par 3s are very varied! Course condition today was fair rather than excellent - but do take into account I played in the depths of winter in 2 Degrees C - despite that there were NO temporary greens and only half a dozen tee mats. The greens themselves were still quite slick, although they occasionally exhibited some unexpected bumps. Green borders showed a number of wear area with extensive use of GUR markings & ropes. There are only a couple of water hazards - but a nice one on the 18th. The bar is fine and the club has a strong juniors section. A day well spent.
Played: Sept 03 - Undulating is not the word !! As a result there were far too many blind holes, and hidden greens. The first is off an elevated tee from which you can't see the pin. The course condition and layout was as good as any course i have played, classic open parkland course, with greens are quick and several cheeky bunkers. The course book was a little inaccurate and markers not quite where they said they would be. Its a good course just be prepared to walk those hills!!
Reply from club to Mr P Young.
Dear Mr Young
I am the current Captain of Hazlemere Golf Club. I was pleased that you made some favourable comments on the course, however very disappointed in certain issues.
We are a newly purchased members club and are striving to improve the course in any way that we can.
The first and the tenth are not ideal but from the back tee the first is a much more interesting hole.
I am disappointed by the condition in which you say the greens were when you played. I can only assume that it was during a period when the crows dug out the fruits which had fallen into the green from the avenue of limes. I have played a lot of courses this year and I promise you that Hazlemere's greens have 'without bias' been amongst the quickest and best that I have played. They are one year into a three year process which should see them improve dramatically.
The 2 fore 1 may be used midweek as well, which is considerably cheaper, we have actually increased the weekend price because we wanted the course largely for the members at weekends. I do hope that you will come back and play the course again next year particularly when we have improved the bunkers and various other areas.
After reading positive reports about this course on this site, it was with some degree of excitement that my playing partner and I ventured to Hazlemere G&CC. It is thus sad to report that our excitement was far from justified.
Things didnt get off to a good start with a completely blind first hole on what turned out to be a near-vertical downhill incline - hardly the classic ease-into-your-round hole.
The first also gave away one of the worst features of the course and that was the terrible greens: they were fairly quick but a complete mess, punctured as they were with a lattice of small holes.
However, there were some interesting challenges on the course. Hole 2 is a lengthy par 5 and is followed by a 140-yd par 3 with danger all around the green (water, bunker, trees, OOBs). A very difficult second shot from a sloping lie to a small, well-guarded green awaits you on the sixth while the eighth and the fourteenth are both good, blind downhillers. The 200+ yard par 3 fifteenth is a real challenge.
After a while, though, traipsing up and down the sides of the valley did become somewhat repetitive. There was also a distinct municipal feel about the place; indeed, Ive played better public courses.
Which leads me to my final point: Hazlemere can just about justify £20 under 2-Fore-1, which is what we paid. But if you pay the full standard £40 fee then . well, dont.
Our Society has just played the course this week (April 2000) & I personally thought it was a corker! It has been raining on & off for the last few weeks & heavily the day before we played yet there was hardly any water on the greens and was only slightly muddy in some places. The thing I remember most about this course is the undulating hills and mature trees. It may be short but that doesn't mean it's easy as a few of our players found out! There are a couple of drivable dogleg par 4's that are tempting for the big hitters & also a challenging par 5 14th that requires 3 good hits to make your par.
The par 3's were excellent, I usually think of them as an easy par but not on this course, every one had charachter and requires an accurate tee shot or exceptional chip to make par! Staff were very friendly & helpful. The only drawback I had with this otherwise excellent course was that on a couple of holes it was difficult to tell which flag you were supposed to be aiming for as the greens were a bit near each other.
I would definately recommend this course to anyone & if your'e playing 2 rounds it might be worth getting a buggy!
Its not the longest course you'll ever play on, but thats not to say it's going to be easy, If your a golfer who likes to think you way round a golf course, then this little Gem is for you, Its not very narrow, but wayward shots will be punished - Has they should be !
The Greens are Firm and true, but they also hold the ball !
Its got a Couple of Monster Par 5's, a very testing Par 4 S.I. 1 which is 428 yards on a uphill gradent, but what I liked most about this course was the Par 3's which rang from short but will protected (by bunkers and water on one !), to a rather testing 220+ yards monster on the back nine.
Give this course a bash, you will not be disappointed.
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