8 reviews of Kingswood Golf Club
Joined the club last year, even though I am the President of the more mature, Thorne golf club, on kirton lane, In that time, there has been several changes to the course, the ninth, and eighteenth greens have been altered, making them more reseptive to the player.
Several new ponds/lakes, have been added, with an great deal of drainage work being done, to enable all year round play. The premise of a good course is on the horizon. There are several good holes to test you, but perhaps my favorite is the, 440y par4 12th. An essental straight drive is required to miss the fairway bunkers left and right. For the really big hitters theres a large pond which eats into the fairway from the left, some forty yards further down the hole, the second shot will need to be hit extremely well,as it is usually played into the wind, to a cul-de-sac, where the green awaits guarded by bunkering on the right. A par here is well earned. Away from the course, the club house offers a tranquil setting where you can make your choice of fare, from a full menu. For extra practice theres a fully equipped driving range with heated bays for your comfort, all the bays are automatically opperated for ease of use.
Played the course on 25th May 2009. Very impressed with the improvements to the course. The greens are excellant the fairways are maturing nicley .A very good test of golf I can recomend a day out here excellant value food was fantastic Great day.£9.00 a round BARGIN
Played the back nine at Kingswood on Sunday 15th February.
I last played here in 2006 and thought a return trip to see how the course was development was needed.
The new clubhouse & driving range are excellent, the course however was a major dissapointment - the new and extensive mounding has served only to allow any rain which falls on it drain onto the fairways - this has been the closest i've been to playing golf in a bog.
I can see why the owners have done all the mounding as the course before was quite bland but unless they now look at improving the drainage (some of the old drainage ditches have been filled in during the mounding works) this course is not worth playing during winter or wet weather.
The new greens are very poor - totaly water-logged and felt like sponges underfoot. Whilst i appreciate that undulations are needed, the 18th is ridiculous, i've never seen a green so uneven - it looks more like something from a crazy golf course.
The tees were very muddy and very easy to slip on - allowing them to be used during winter will only ruin them for the summer, a perfect example is the new raised tee on the par 5 16th which is now just a muddy mess.
As for value for money, £5.50 on a sunday may look like good value for 9 holes but that depends on what you expect for your money, any other course in this condition would and should have been shut so we'd have been better using the driving range.
I wont be going near the place again until some prolonged drier weather.
Played this course on and off for the last ten years , there seems to have been redevelopment work going on for most of that time however I re visited last week 28th July 2008 and can report that things are seriously taking shape. The new clubhouse an driving range will soon be available the first six holes are now looking a lot better the seventh still has some maturing to do but is getting there as long as you keep to the left hand side , eight has not really changed apart from the new raised tee. ninth has still to have its new green opened. Ten and eleven are still the same as before , twelth looks like it may have a new tee once the earthmovers have gone whilst the thirteenth and the short fouteenth are excellent fifteen and sixteen are the same apart from the landscaping whilst the seventeenth has been extended. Eighteen is much the same but shorter at the moment new to new green maturing. It is at the moment still very playable yet challenging and excellent value for money at £8 midweek. Given another couple of years for the ongoing works to be completed and maturing of the mounds it has potential to be an excellent course , I just hope the green fees dont increase too much.
Visited on 05 may 2008, 7am. Very much in the process of creating new course. Very good still with 18 holes still playable.Slightly waterlogged but a very challenging course, many water hazards. Will look great in a couple of years, new bar and driving range complete before end of year. Absolute pinch at £9 for 18 holes. Excellent day and friendly staff. Wayne, gaz etc
Played 28th Dec 06.
Course seriously water logged, fairways saturated and most of the tees and paths were mudbaths, although strangely the greens were still firm and running OK.
The course still has the appearance of a building site (the previous reporter wasnt being unkind with the comment of "Gaza strip"). Many of the holes have or are being been altered with new mounding, but the score cards & tee panels still have the old yardages!! - on the 17th, you now play to a new green at around 140yds - the tee panel still states 106yds for the old green!!.
The owners must have spent a fortune moving earth around to make the course more interesting, but still dont appear to have invested in any irrigation for the greens - this is a major problem in summer as the greens get rock hard, some holes even lack basic 150yard markers, which on a course with so may dog-legs is very poor.
Whilst the course will look the part in a couple of years time, unless the basics are sorted, this will never be the course it should or could be.
Despite the criticisms, £8.50 for 18 holes midweek is decent value, and the pro is a real gent.
Now i aint no snob when it comes to golf. Im just a strugling 26 handicap. However, how can kingswood call itself a golf course. Maybe half a one at a push. The fairways were all cracked and dry (Severely!). Trucks meters aways from you kicking up dust. No markers for obstacles, Including the great big lake. Me and my father in law were disgusted. we paid for 18 only played 9. could not bear it. Now some people might say that its only £8, what do you want?. But i can say i know two other courses within a hours drive that are only £6. and are in outstanding condition, with everything you expect. Horrible course (call it that a push!...building site!). If you wear jeans, carry beer round and down a can at every hole and maybe drive a modified saxo. then this course is for you. (oh, or aged 13-17). Anyone who loves the game should find somewhere else. I know this sounds extremely harsh, but im just putting my view across. And by the way, if your ball lands near someone else on another hole. And maybe you cannot find it, dont assume that someone has picked it up. like i was acused. HORRIBLE! dont believe me. try it and gather your own opinion. I have give it a high challenge rating, due to the lorries and diggers driving round the course. oh and dust!
here's everything you need to know about Kingswood:
Green Fee's £8.50
Dress code - None
booking not necessary as its a pay and play course.
Beware though, this is a course that is still in the progress of being constructed. Mounds of earth and earth moving equipment everywhere. The 5th hole is nicknamed "the gaza strip" by the locals, and its a good name as there is no fairway as such. just bulldozed earth.
It looks as though sometime in the future there will be at least too cracking holes that are going to tee you off over lakes. ( these too are still being constructed )
If you are serious about your golf then Kingswood at the present is not for you. However, the course does have 18 holes and they are playable, and i found it interesting walking round a course and seeing it being created. For the sakes of eight quid, i will be playing the course in about 6 months time just to check on its progress.
I think this will one day be a cracker of a course, but thats quite a way in the future.
one thing that did irk me though was, as we were about to start the back nine a seven ball ( no thats not a mis print ) jumped straight in front of us, and proceeded to hack their way through the fairways. If kingswood are going to allow this to happen, i doubt they will ever appeal to the more serious golfer.
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