11 reviews of Leeds Golf Centre
This was the first time I had been back to Leeds Golf Centre in about 5 years and the place has totally changed. Possibly the best clubhouse and shop I have been in at any venue in Yorkshire.
The golf course has completely transformed as well and is a lot better to the field that use to be there. I was speaking to the guys in the shop and they have put in new lakes, 2 new holes and thousands of trees and plants which has made this course so much better. The only disappointing thing was the greens were not as good as they could of been but they had just put a load of sand onto them a couple of days before.
They have a David Leadbetter academy there as well so may be visiting for a lesson as it looked fantastic.
I would definitely recommend a visit, just for the experience if nothing else.
I got a free round by becoming a member of their fan page on Facebook. I booked for an early round of 0711 on a Saturday as I was alone and didnt want to get trapped between 4balls. I turned up and the Pro shop wasnt open at 7am, I waited until 0710 and no show, I headed for the first tee without a scorecard or receipt to play and joined the queue.
I found the course neither heath land nor parkland and wasnt really sure what it was aiming to be. The majority of holes as mentioned before are nothing holes, the 1st & 2nd are very poor. The greens at the time where good (I have though played the par 3 course recently and they where in very poor condition), the bunkers were full of rocks and gravel not sand and rather than damage my wedges I opted to take a drop. Overall though I didnt pay Wike Ridge is not a £25 course, I would say at best its a £15 weekend.
The separate bar/restaurant is good and serves decent food. The driving range isnt anything special as it is up hill so you cant work on distances and often is over run by children left to play unattended by parents in the clubhouse.
Having said all that I was looking at joining this club, a close friend of mine who has played golf in Leeds for the past 30 years informed me that booking slots on weekends is a pain, this is due to the high numbers of members attracted to the low cost of joining a pay and play course & society bus loads that turn up on weekends.
Overall I will give Wike another chance to impress, I just hope there are some signs of the course maturing which hasnt been the case for the past 10 years.
2011 was a huge year at Leeds Golf Centre – investment from new owners totalling almost £1million.
Numerous improvements have been made to the overall standard and range of facilities on offer. Aside from superficial works to the car park and outdoor landscaping, money has been spent on totally refurbishing and re-stocking the Pro Shop, new changing room facilities, the installation of two high-tech indoor swing studios, a brand-new bar & restaurant and most importantly, a stunning re-design of the Wike Ridge championship course.
We think, should you visit again, that you will be hugely impressed with changes made.
I practice and eat at this club a fair bit as facilities are excellent. As for the course....... good starter course as not many holes where you can rack up a huge number. Some very pleasant parts of-course and in v. tranquil area of Leeds. Lacks maturity tho, and too many nothing holes. Worth the cheap green fee tho. Par 3 course is well worth a play too. Very enjoyable.
Leeds Golf Centre is a good test, although some holes tend to give up pars easily. Course was in great condition and the staff were helpful. The food in the bar was great.
Played on 5th March after a frosty and snowy week, but all the greens were open and in good nick for the time of year. We enjoyed the course, which is situated in very pleasant surroundings only a short drive from Leeds city centre. The pro shop staff were efficient and friendly and there is a good bar/restaurant too.
There are some testing holes, especially if played off the back tees. Certainly worth the £23 weekend green fee and I believe they do 2 fore 1 during the week, which is excellent value.
Played the 18 hole (Wike Ridge) course last Sunday. Despite heavy rain throughout the preceeding 5 days, I was extremely impressed by the condition of the course. The fairways were not remotely soggy and the greens were great (in better condition than many courses in summer!).
The course design offers a reasonable degree of challenge. There are some v long par 4's, a long par 3, a couple of dog legs and some tricky greens (certain pin placements were appropriately nasty!).
However, the lack of mature trees and generous fairway widths mean that inaccurate play is often not properly punished. The former will be corrected as the course matures (there are many staked trees at present) but I do not understand the greenkeeper's generosity re the latter.
The course surroundings were pleasing (mainly farmers' fields) and the bar/cafe was nicely informal and comfortable.
All in all, very good. We didn't have any sort of discount (2 fore 1, etc) but did not remotely begrudge paying the full £23 for such a pleasant experience.
I have played this course over the last three years and there haven't been many noticeable improvements in this time.
There are several "nothing holes", such as the 1st, 2nd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th and the 18th which require very little skill and have some of the widest fairways I have ever played on.
On the plus side, I have never seen a temporary green in use and very seldon is a winter tee in use, and the greens are the bset I have played on in winter for any course in the area.
If the wind is blowing - rare for it not to be here, you'll want to take a good supply of balls for the 3rd hole - the wind is usully in your face and any hint of a fade/slice will see your ball heading for farmer Giles' out of bounds field - double figures is not unusual for me here!
Achieving par on the 3rd when it's windy is an achievement!
On the whole, a good course for the money - nice informal clubhouse with good value food and drink and you'll probably bump into the 6-time Ryder cup player Howard Clarke!
Played today for the first time 5/1/04.
Early January and still playing off summer tees and using summer greens also no trolley ban either.
Course in excellent condition, 1 or 2 fairways a bit soggy but still very playable, greens excellent and consistant.
Generally a very good day out.
Facilities very good and value for money as good as it gets i used a 2 fore 1 voucher and it cost us £6.50 each. even full cost at £13 is good.
If i could rate this course and facilities out of 10 i`d give it 12.
After a lot of rain the 18 hole course played very well. The greens particularly worth a mention. The fairways ran true and although not overly long, an good test. All the usual facilities and at 14.50 extremely good value.
A challenging 12 holes, an ideal Friday afternnon round! Mainly straight up and down but there are a couple of challenging holes, a favourite being the quarry with its two-tiered green. Well worth a visit at £6 a round.
Oaks course - 12 hole par 3.
A fairly natty little course, as you'd expect being a par 3 (!), but quite good all the same. Most of the hole are fairly flat, but there are a few slightly more testing holes (the 5th, Quarry) is an uphill hole with a small pond to fire over, and a two-tiered green. Otherwise most of the holes are 125 yds or shorter - the 11th is 175 yds though. All in all a fun little course, in excellent condition - good value too, at only £6 for weekends. Not too taxing and good to improve your confidence!
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