7 reviews of Letchworth Golf Club
Played here September ,10.
Pleasant enough ,but i lost interest in the course on the back 9 .
Tree lined( lots of nice varieties) & fairly compact.
The front 9 holes tend to be in rows & overall the holes feel quite tight & i used a fairway wood off the tee much more than my driver.
Could have done with 1 or 2 more shorter par 3's as they are all between 168 - 198 yards.
This is a bit of an 'old mans course' & we were held up by 3 of them (members, i think)on the back 9, who had no intention of getting us through despite looking for balls ,which led to us skipping the par 3 17th signature hole & 18.
Also,maybe there's a local rule but we were just about to start ,next to the first tee & 2 players came onto the tee from the 18th & teed off without any acknowledgment .
Couldn't fault the course condition ,presentation or greens as they were all first class.
Clubhouse was average & pro shop very welcoming.
The £45 standard green fee must be to keep people away .
Played this course on a society day Friday 15.05.09 . I hope we return to this course in future years as I think it is an excellent society course . The staff were friendly , food excellent and the course perfect for society golf . It is a fair course if you hit the ball well you will score - hit a poor shot and there is trouble . I scored 34 points off 18 and finished 8th out of 36 players . Would have shot 36 points if not taken 4 shots to get out of the bunker on the last . Won with 41 points by a bandit off 16 .
We played this course as a society 20 strong June 2004 in excelant weather. We experienced a very positive attitude from the staff, pleasant contact with members we came accross. We were allocated a starter who was very friendley and helpful.
Our group has a cross section of handicaps from single figures through to 22, but thr majoriety off low teens. We all suffered the same two problems on the day: the lack of sand in allmost
all the bunkers (a depth of 1/2 inch) and very hard greens. We found it impossible to stop a ball struck from 100 yds or less, it just bounced once or twice and was off the back!
However the fairways and tees were in good condition, the tree lined fairways demanded a straight tee shot, and not allways a driver.The winning score of 37 points (by a "bandit" 18 H'capper) showed the rest of us how it could be played!!
The changing room was roomy with good showers.
Our three course meal was excelant, served on hot plates by pleasant staff, jackets and ties were required in the lounge, allways a nice touch.
A finale comment, the Club captain introduced himself later in the evening and sort feed back on our day, an attitude more clubs could follow to ensure repeat visits.
A pleasant course. The Times Guide to Golf Courses describes it as One of the Loveliest of all hertfordshire course. Not sure I buy that. Brocket Hall maybe. Nevertheless has some good holes. Recently extended to add a couple of extra par 5's and with much ground work still to be done this autumn - right now is probably not the best time to play it. The greens were very slow though given the current heatwave were perhaps being kept long to protect. Fairways were scorched (no fairway irrigation). All in all ok though was bemused that the pro shop could not supply any scorecards or stroke savers (both out of stock!).
I throught that this coure was in excellent condition and the greens were electric. Playing of a handicap of 3 i found this course quite hard as it is tight and even through it has many driverable par 4's they are all well bunkered and protected. The course is currently being devolped to make it longer and a much harder test. I also found the new par 3 14th a test as hitting the green is a must as it slopes of into trouble on all sides of the green.
Overall the coure was in excellent condition and well worth the £13. The clubhouse could be improved but was adaquate.
A relatively short course and some Par 4's may be driveable for the big hitter, but no real easy holes due to the length. Does have problems with the greens occaisionally but not especially worse than many courses. Does not take too much rain during wet periods in the winter before temporary greens are used. Currently extending the course (@ 21/12/01) to make it longer and a bit more challenging. Still a relatively pretty setting with many mature trees and obstructions for those who are wayward off the tee. Some of the fairways though are not clearly defined during the autumn and winter months and can be difficult to judge if you can "pick & place".
Definitely recommend playing with a member for cost reasons and actually ensuring you get out on the course in a reasonable time. Once on the course you can usually get round very quickly.
The food from the Bar is exellent value.
A Harry Vardon course, some 50 years old, which is relatively short but difficult nonetheless. Lots of trees & large bunkers keep the interest, with water coming into play on five holes. Greens were good when I last played, though they have a history of being pretty average in the winter. The course is currently being changed which affects about 3 holes, but apart from that its a pleasant course to play. The visitor fee is too high, so play with a member if you can.
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