3 reviews of Hedsor Golf Club
I can understand where people are coming from in the previous reviews for Hedsor, but at the end of the day it's only a short 9 hole course playing as a par 66 off the yellow tees on a round of 18. There are a number of great courses in that area well worth playing, Hazelemere, Flackwell Heath, Wycombe Heights (£30 during peak times), Beaconsfield, Lambourne but these are predominantly members courses and so a lot more expensive to play. Hedsor shouldn't and can't be competing with these courses it's not a course for a regular handicap golfer but I think it is suited to being much more a beginners course. Whilst you've got the Par 3 down at Wycombe Heights only a short drive away, Hedsor offers that opportunity for people aren't yet handicap golfers but are looking to hit longer shots that the par 3 can't offer and out on an actual course that the driving range can't replicate.
So I'll say it's an ideal course for people starting out and are looking for a cheap round of golf in and around the High Wycombe area. I'll also agree with other reviews that if you want to travel that bit further or live out that way or want a couple of other ideal courses for beginners to experience you've got The South Buckinghamshire (formerly Farnham Park), Iver and Wexham Park is very welcoming towards visitors and good value.
As for the course itself as I've said it is a cheap pay a play course and you get what you pay for. The course is only 12 years old and doesn't feel that established as other people have said. It is very flat as it was previously used for landing private light aircraft and the grass runway is still there running through the middle of the course. There is a couple of challenging holes but because I view as a course to fill the void of Par 3 to main course for beginners I think these the holes don't encourage good scoring for this type player. The 1st and 4th holes for example are both dogleg par 4's but the dog is to extreme and too far down the hole so most solid drives leave you with a blind shout in over trees. This is fine if you play regularly and know the yardage and line but if you haven't played it a few times it trickier than it needs to be in my opinion. The second as well is a 456 yard par 4 off the yellow tees but only 13 yards longer off the whites which also is on a raised tee and plays as par 5, so much easier (I can't see why they don't make it a par 5 as standard for both tees) The 3rd also has a funny par to it but one that probably helps your typical beginner at 245 yards it should be a very long Par 3 but in this case they have made it par 4.
Unfortunately if you play a full 18 there is no difference in the holes on the front or the back 9 off the yellows. There is a couple that play different on the white but it's a shame they can't mix it up a bit more and have some different tee boxes for the back 9 because there is enough space in there to do so. I know this goes against what I've said previously but I also wonder if it would do better as a par 3 course as there is definitely space to get a full 18 of decent par 3's on the site.
It's a friendly course but lacks any atmosphere I don't think that helps the fact that the course is tucked away in the countryside and not far from well known course in the area that are easier to get to. It's a course that you tend to turn up play and go home or go down a pub afterwards. Most clubs are currently struggling to make money but Hedsor feels like it is in that position more than others. Maybe i'm wrong it's privately owned maybe it doesn't need much and is ticking over for what the owners want it to be. I just feel that with Wycombe Heights down the road being a much better club with greater facilities (full course, par 3, full floodlit driving range, pro shop, nice clubhouse lounge and bar) what's the future for Hedsor? Even if it fulfils the role that I've said how long before people go and play the full course at Wycombe Heights.
Pros: Cheap course suitable for beginners offering more length and variety than a par 3 or a driving range.
Cons: The quality of course is ok if you're starting out but it's not going to please regular golfers nor is the fact that none of the holes are that inspiring. The fact they promote the fact the course was opened by Miss Great Britain 2000 on the sign welcoming you to the course always seems odd and doesn't right with me. I'm not saying gold should be an elitist sport but it just seem up to standard which probably sum Hedsor Golf Club up.
Friendly and easy to get a tee time. Greens true and receptive, but very slow right now, maybe due to recent heavy rain. Leaving the driver in the car would not be a disadvantage except perhaps on 1 hole. Course is flattish and fairways in poor condition, maybe due to drought prior to heavy rain. Internal oob on several holes is the biggest hazard. Not much to frighten you around the smallish greens. Course most suitable for practising your irons.
Not a bad little course you need to hit straight all the time. If you are stuck for a tee time then play this course.
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