13 reviews of Laleham Golf Club
I and a friend played this course yesterday and were both very impressed by the excellent condition of the course compared to most we visit. The greens were fantastic and all folk we encountered were friendly and welcoming.
The Clubhouse has had a full revamp and is an amazing improvement, modern and traditional and very clean. The staff really were the icing on the cake, falling over themselves to make sure we were happy at all times. Good food, drink and prices.
Will definitely be returning, may even consider membership as it's pretty reasonable for such a nice place.
I played here on the 28th of August 2012, taking advantage of a green fee offer by the club. Had half an eye on membership as my current memebership with another club expired soon.
My experience was a disappointing one, a four ball decided to tee off 2 minutes prior to our tee off time (due to their lateness) and refused to let us play through so it was slow going. Members were rude and the club captain was trying to abuse his title by playing through due to a "club match" (he was playing with what looked like his grandson). Course was flat, boring, and unchallenging with very little in the way of excitement. Greens were average to good. Have to go through a mobile home park to get to the course, so quite hard to find. Used to have tour qualifying rounds here?! Save your money.
This club may get overlooked,but it really is worth a try...we played just after the snow cleared and it was in A1 condition...great greens and played really long...dont be fooled by the yardage.
The clubhouse is vastly improved and really friendly as were the members we encountered....the pro shop dealt with the booking perfectly...I played awful golf but enjoyed the whole day.
The green fees are fair and well priced and would have no hesitation in returning
I played Laleham yesterday in the showers......
It has a pretty clubhouse, practise area and small putting green. It's not a tough course, nor long (6000 yards off the yellows) but water does come into play on some holes.
The bunkers were nice and sandy (although you could see a few had been filled in with now dead turf) and the greens were in excellent condition. However, although the fairways were mostly divot-free (always a good sign), there were large bare patches of yellow grass. If it is like that in May, how's it going to look in August ?! Also, there was a fair bit of GUR dotted around the course.
However, the disappointing 'feature' is that, despite being so close to the Thames, you cannot see the river at any point ! A shame.....
Oh, and one final thing - Laleham no long take 2-fore-1 vouchers and have been trying to tell the good folk from 2-fore-1 for quite some time !
So, in summary - not a bad course but it has plenty of competition locally, often better value.
Played Laleham yesterday, and found the greens in really fantastic condition...amazing for mid-December.
Some amendments to the course have been done recently, to introduce a number of water hazards, some at the expense of some old bunkers. The course manager completes a further reduction in course bunkers at Laleham!!
Most of the new ponds will enhance the challenge and add to the look of the course, when the grass grows in next Spring. The only hole that I didn't like was 15, where 2 x St. Andrews style bunkers have been filled in, 30 yards from the green and replaced by a small pond on the left of the fairway, about 120 yards from the green. The 2 removed bunkers were 2 of the best hazards on the whole course, and the new pond is a poor substitute.
However, overall, the changes are good and the course was in good condition for December.
Well worth a visit!
Played Laleham on the 09/03/08. We played on a Sunday and i was very suprised to see how lovely and quiet the course was, which is refreshing as many public courses on a Sunday are ridiculously busy and slow.
The club house and general location is lovely, just offset from the Thames.
The course was fairly enjoyable to play. The holes are nicely spaced apart and vary. The general condition of the course was very good especially the greens. At a price of £16 on a 2-fore-1 voucher i wasn't expecting much but ended up pleasantly suprised.
The only slight issue is that the course isn't very difficult and h/c's should be hit here.
At £16 this is great value.
The golf course (although flat) has some interesting and varied holes. Accuracy is of paramount importance as the rough and small bushes/trees plus the excellant pot hole bunkers, make you 'take your medicine' if you're off line. Good scores could be had here but you need to plot your way around as opposed to just smashing driver down every fairway. Just the one negative comment, that being told to remove a bonafide golf jacket in the clubhouse (by a chap in denim jeans) because it contained a zipper down the front!
I am a member at Laleham having just joined a few months back and thought I would offer an up to date view of the course.
Despite the rainy summer being a hindrance to most golfing activity, it had probably benefited the course at Laleham! The course has been in great condition as it is very fast draining. This means the fairways are lush green and that there are pretty much no boggy patches! The greens themselves are also playing very well. Their pace has obviously varied a little throughout the year with maintenance etc. but generally they run fast and true and theres reasonable, but not unfair undulation too which adds to the interest and challenge! In my mind Wimbledon Common is the only place comparable in price I have seen better.
As for the layout, there is more to Laleham than meets the eye! It would be easy to look at some pictures and think there were plenty of easy holes; that is not the case! From the back tees many holes place a premium on the accuracy of your tee shot. The course is over 100 years old and whilst it is not a forest course, there are plenty of fully mature trees to frame certain holes and the rough is usually quite punishing. To spice it up further, the bunkers tend to be deep and pot hole styled; they wouldn't look out of place on a links!
In terms of weakness the only major one would probably be that the course is very flat. This makes for easy walking but obviously means that extra element of variety is not a factor. None the less all sorts of shots are needed to score well and competitions are rarely won with anything better than 3 under, playing to your handicap will be a challenge!
The clubhouse and bar are definitely above average, and they must have done something with the showers in reference to the 1997 quote as they are now perfectly decent. The pro shop whilst being small offers what you would expect and along with the obligatory practice green and nets there is also a short game area and a small collect your own range (170 yrds).
Overall it's a good honest club that offers decent value for money both for members and visitors. There are more spectacular courses around, but most are more costly, and you're unlikely to have anything to complain about upon leaving the club; other than perhaps the drive around the lane back to the main road, but that's hardly a damper on a day.
My first ever round at Laleham was played during the July heatwave, so the course was very, very, dry and the fairways were all brown. It certainly made the greens tough to stop the ball on too, although they were in decent condition to putt from once you'd managed to get on the "dance floor". Actually, I can't really fault the condition of the course, which played pretty well given the conditions.
However, I'm not sure that had the course been in better condition I would be rushing back there any time soon. There just seems to be too many holes that just look like each other. The par 3's are okay, but the par 4's and 5's tend to just be different length versions of the same hole.
The par 4 13th is probably the standout hole of the longer holes, but it's certainly no easy par.
This is a mature, flat parkland course very close to the River Thames. Despite its proximity to the river it appears to drain surprisingly well. Some of the holes are quite tricky, and overall the course has an ambience of having been around a long time as it was founded in 1903. The course is reasonably well maintained, but not immaculate. Not the friendliest of places; the club professional told us to start on the 10th and having got to the tee we were promptly berrated by senior members for trying cut in. Similarly in the clubhouse we were greeted by querying scowls rather than welcoming smiles. Not bad value though at £15 each on a 241.
I too found the drive to the course somewhat tedious, but the course although not the prettiest, was a good challenge and the greens were as true as i have putted on for many a month.
surprising was how firm amd dry the place was condidering the recent weather, no trolley ban and no sign of any temp greens.
The course was tidy and played very well.
The catering lacked imagination, but was cheap and very efficient.
considering how little we paid I thought it was fantastic value and will certainly return
I played thecourse on Tuesday 30th September in a society meeting.\r\n\r\nI foud the facilities to be good all round .\r\n\r\nI understand that they are going to upgrade the shower facilities soon.\r\n\r\nThe course played well but the fairways are desperate for rain.\r\nThe greens also reflected how dry the year has been.\r\n\r\nDespite these points am excellent day was had by all.
A flat golf course, more challenging than first impressions lead you.\r\nsuper putting conditions. Tees were excellent. Good bunkers.\r\nSome of the fairways were lacking grass, all in all an enjoyable place to play golf.
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