Kilworth Springs Golf Club

Kilworth Springs Golf Club, North Kilworth, East Midlands, England, LE17 6HJ

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14 reviews of Kilworth Springs Golf Club

An update on my previous review, published below.

The course tee to green is now in fantastic condition, and the efforts to counter the thick rough have continued to the point where it is now a much fairer test than this time last year. Much of the second cut has been cut back to such an extent that you need to be wildly inaccurate to stray into it. If you do, reload, because in the unlikely event you find your ball you will be unable to advance it more than a few feet.

There are still one or two parts of the course where they haven't got this quite right, though. The bottowm line is that no drive should hit the central third of a fairway and run the risk of being lost! As such, the left hand side of the 4th, right of 5, right of 16 and both sides of 17 still need attention. Other than that, it's now spot on.

The bunkers are still very poor, though............

Posted by Mark on 20/06/2014
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I've played here a few times this year, the most recently being yesterday (2nd May).

The course is recovering from a long, wet winter quite well. The greens are rolling reasonably well, albeit rather slowly, and it appears that steps have been taken to counter the thick second cut of rough by narrowing some of the fairways and widening the first cut.

I'm not sure this is going to make a great deal of difference to the problems encountered last year, as the second cut is already very, very thick in places and there is no indication that the greenkeeping staff are intending to do anything about it. In our 3-ball yesterday, there were four occasions when drives landed in fairways and ran through the first cut into the long stuff. Two of the balls were lost, and two were virtually unplayable. Trouble ahead for wayward golfers this summer, I suspect.

My only other gripe about the course is the state of the bunkers, many of which are woefully short of sand, or have sand which has been badly compacted by the wet winter. It is becoming increasingly difficult to play out of some of the bunkers without blading your ball through the green into the cabbage.

A new restaurant has been added to the clubhouse which, whilst not yet open, looks really encouraging. The food remains good, if very over-priced, and the welcome from staff and members warm and friendly.

Posted by Mark on 03/05/2014
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just played the course despite all the bad weather we've had it was in great condition well worth a visit

Posted by mark on 01/01/2014
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I have been a member here for over ten years and regret to say that the previous two reviews are pretty much spot on.

I love the course, always have - it is a great layout with a good variety of holes, and since the greens were reconstructed about half a dozen years ago we have seen year on year improvement to the point where they are now consistently good.

But the rough is ruining the enjoyment of far too many. I know we all hear others say the rough is bad at their own clubs, but you have to see it at Kilworth to believe it. There really is no need for a second cut to have to be two or three feet high to be punishing, but that is what you have here, and it borders every hole - there is simply no let up.

The management have now been trotting out the same excuse for the last two or three years - they have been caught out by the wet spring weather. I really do fail to see how a wet spring in the UK can catch anyone out, but there you go! It is more likely, in my opinion, that the club suffers from being managed by a team who themselves are not golfers, and who fail to appreciate, despite the growing complaints, that four hours plus spent hunting for golf balls is just not funny.

A truly friendly place to play golf, which is why so many members put up with the rough, but their tolerance will not last for ever. Visit Kilworth if you are rapier straight off both tees and fairways - if not, you may be in for a torrid and frustrating time.

Posted by Hacked Off on 19/08/2013
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I have been a regular visitor to Kilworth over many years, and have played a number of times there during 2013. Whilst the course from tee to green is in fabulous condition, the previous reviewer raises an issue which, in my opinion, should be causing the club owners considerable concern.

During my rounds this year I have seen the rough grow and grow, to the point where it is now a bit of a joke. I am a low single figure golfer, and have played many courses, including Open venues during their Championship summers, and I have never seen a second cut of rough like it.

It is between knee and waist high in most areas, and extremely thick. Whilst the club appear to have taken steps to cut some areas back, this has been little more than a token effort, I suspect, to appease the members, and it has made little difference to the overall severity.

Some may be surprised to hear such a criticism, but the issue is that this course is an inland links, with firm running fairways and equally firm greens. Throw into the mix the course's exposed position, meaning you will rarely play in benign, windless conditions, and you will start to understand the problem. I have seen countless drives well struck into the fairway, taking a bad links style bounce into the rough, never to be seen again. That's not golf, it's torture. I would imagine at the moment, when the wind gets up, this place is carnage.

There is a fine line between providing a challenge and making a course enjoyable, and I'm afraid the owners here have got it horribly wrong. Lovely course with many redeeming qualities, but until they get a grip of it maintenance wise I will be taking my custom, and my money, elsewhere.

Posted by Martin on 09/07/2013
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Kilworth has matured greatly over the years since I have been playing there, and has now deservedly shed its reputation of being a little hit and miss in terms of condition. The greenkeeping staff have worked miracles in recent years, and the greens are now amongst the best in the area, the fairways well manicured and defined, and the course generally a true test.

An inland links in appearance, accuracy from the tee is now a must, as the second cut in the last two or three years has become truly punishing. Despite the views from the tee, and the absence of trees, this is not a course to spray the ball all over the place.

Excellent practice facilities, friendly (if somewhat expensive) clubhouse and welcoming members make this club well worth a visit. But if it's windy, and it invariably is here, bring plenty of ammo.

Posted by Bobby on 13/05/2013
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Played here last weekend ...have to say I thought the course was quite bland and some of the yardages seemed wrong. The greens were superb and a joy to putt on, some of the par 3s were good holes but nothing really inspired me...Its not a bad course by any means .maybe it just didnt suit my eye.However the guys in the shop and the starter were really friendly, starter even loaned me a hat.All in its a decent complex ...but at £28 I think its a wee bit expensive.

Posted by al mitchell on 22/08/2012
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Played the first weekend of April. Thought the greens are excellent and are in fantastic condition. Course seems to be sand based and was pretty dry and very playable - it will certainly harden up in the summer months and some of the "short par 4's" will be no more than a drive and wedge. At £28 a round I think this is edging towards pricing itself out, especially there is so much choice at the moment for under £20.

Posted by Rob on 07/02/2011
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Superior pay and play course in South Leicestershire. Provides entertaining golf at all times of the year, and is notable for excellent drainage in Winter. Some excellent holes including the par 3 Devils Toenail, and the remainder of the course though not testing for good golfers its always enjoyable. Food and clubhouse excellent, though it could be argued in these days of 2 fore 1 vouchers etc the green fee is not the bargain it once was. Not a memorable course but one that I have always enjoyed and have no complaints about.

Posted by Richard Davies on 01/11/2007
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We played Kilworth Springs on a beautiful winters day and the course was in superb condition. Kilworth was a 1st for all of our 4 ball, the course is well manicured and well marked from green to tee; a warm welcome from all and the food was excellent. We felt at £24 the green fee's for a tues morning were on the steep side but Kilworth is well worth a visit if you're in this neck of the woods.

Posted by Dave Emslie on 01/02/2007
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This course could well be the best courses in the midlands.
The course has greens that are played practically 90% of the year and are usually found in top nick, a great job by the green keepers with the amount of play it has in mind.
tees are fairly good but can get a bit rough in winter. the fairways are wide enough for you to open up with the driver but beware of the thick rough, bunkers, verious ditch's and water hazards that are a plenty.
some great hole designs that make the most of the land.
there is also a putting green and a chipping green with 2 practise bunkers which i advise you use to practise your links style chipping as the greens can be firm and the wind can blow well with its hill top location.
the undercover range is good to warm up with but not the cheapest for range balls.
the club house is friendly and serve a range of drinks and food of an average price.
keep an eye out too, as you might see a famous walker cup player who has beaten tiger woods in a past walker cup pop in the bar!!!!

Posted by John Greenwell on 04/12/2006
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Played here at the end of May at a time when on other local courses greens were soft and receptive. What a difference here - full wedges & 9 Irons landing on greens and finally coming to a stop 20-25 yards later. Particularly annoying as the day we were there all but about 3 of the pins were within 10 feet of the front of the greens - very clever.
Not many trees here, hence the "links" style comments - so they make up for that with strips of US Open style rough between adjoining fairways. Even if you manage to find your ball, you probably won't be able to get it back into play, so straight hitting is the order of the day, they don't want you to play fantastic recovery shots.
Other facilities: the changing room seems designed for 6-10 people only so I don't know how they cope with larger societies. The practise green is as bumpy as the real ones but obviously can't be the same pace as the variable paced greens on the course.

Posted by Mike Beaufoy on 12/06/2006
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An excellent, open course which allows players to open their shoulders and go for their shots on the front nine. Excellent drainage means the course is playable when others locally are closed in poor weather. Covered driving range available with excellent instruction facilities provided by highly respected club professional.

Posted by Ady on 22/08/2002
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Really excellent course. The first nine feels like a links course and reminds me of the Lochgreen Course at Troon. The second offers a very different test with water hazards on every hole but the 17th. I was pleased with a 91 which included a dismal 39 putts. Has some very tough slopey greens. Well worth a visit. Also has an excellent and good value driving range so your can hit a few balls before playing a round.
All round excellent value. I highly recommend this course.

Posted by Dr Andre Gilburn on 04/07/2002
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