6 reviews of Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Club
Played here October ,2015 . (£ 20 after 1 pm ) .
Clubhouse is better than the course .
Fairly typical ,new course .Quite a lot of water ,although it doesn't come in to play as much as it could .It is in a decent setting near the estuary although you don't see it until the back 9 & if it wasn't for the noise disruption of the new build houses on the perimeter would be quite tranquil when these are finished .
The designer has put run off areas around the green (many greens are elevated ) which gives the option of putting .Overall ,there were too many long shots in to par 4's whereas a few short risk & reward par 4's put in would have made it more fun .Another design feature is putting a bunker at the middle front of the green particularly on the longer ,harder holes so you're expected to float a long iron in over this then hold the green. Although the course is fairly flat it all felt like a bit of a long walk round.
On the card ,off the black tees ,the s.s.s. was 76 against the par of
72 & looking back at these tees the holes looked ridiculously tough .
The contemporary clubhouse is impressive with a bar/restaurant/terrace with good views all on the 1st floor.
To get a tee time here prior to the day you have to pay the full green fee in advance which is unusual.
We were treated very well here by all the staff & overall it was decent value on the above rate & i would say it is worth playing but having played it once i just wouldn't be that enthused about playing it again.
An impressive modern clubhouse, with extensive views of the course. The pro shop was welcoming, and the bar/restaurant was excellent - but beware of the spiral stairs - the treads are very narrow on the inner edge.
The first impressions are that this is a real quality layout. Unfortunately the actual experience on playing the course is not so good. When I was there in Sept 09 most of the bunkers hadn't seen a rake in days,and were compacted. Some bunkers had grass growing in them. The greens were fine to putt on but looked odd (small sand patches and some signs of disease). There was a shortage of course furniture, no waste bins, no ball cleaners, and a lack of direction signs.
The wind was blowing at 20 mph from the NE which is the opposite of the norm. It would have been a good idea for some tee markers to be moved forward or back to take account of the strength and unusual direction of the wind.
This is a great place to play society golf it looks tougher than it really is. The front nine is like golf in florida(when the suns out), bland. The back nine is great and with good views. The greens are very large and slick and the rest of the course is of good standard. The club house, food and staff are fantastic.
Played this after playing 2 more traditional links courses in the area and this was a bit of a relief as the fairways were much more forgiving and the rough much shorter.
I agree with another comment made about Machynys on this site: Don't be put of by the pictures used in all of the advertising material. There is a lot of water but it doesn't come into play on very many of the holes. A very flat and easy walking course that got nicer the further into the round we went. The middle part of the back 9 is especially nice with some fantastic views over the bay and across to the Gower.
Although the course seemed reasonably busy we were never held up and never saw anyone behind us.
A decent price for this standard of course, although I thought the prices in the very attractive clubhouse were a bit steep.
All in all, a nice course with spectacular views and a nice feel to it
Day three of out tour of S W Wales brought us to the Nicklaus designed Machynys peninsula course, and it was still sunny and hot. First a word of advice to any mid-to-high handicap golfer (or society) who might see the excellent leaflet from this club and be put off from playing here on the grounds that it looks to difficult with all the water that surrounds the holes. Please dont worry, we found it easiest of the five courses we played, the water only really comes into play on 2/3 holes and even as mid handicap golfers we all cleared the lakes quite easily playing off the yellow tees.
The course planner shows very narrow fairways, but in reality there is plenty of room. Because the course is on the beach, it is completely flat and to a certain extent rather boring, I believe it would benefit from some elevated tee boxes to give some definition and allow a view of the fairway one is playing. Accepting the course has only been open 27 months it is neither a links nor an estate course and relies heavily on the Nicklaus name.
Perhaps when the wind blows it might become tougher, go and try it and form your own opinion.
Brought a group of 24 to play here in Easter week, and stayed over at Stradey Park hotel. Everything was brilliant ,including hotel and weather.Course was outstanding and we played it twice. Have played many other top layouts this lost nothing in comparison. Conditions were calm, but course would be much more difficult in windier times.A mixture of forward and back tees were used and changed after our first round, which made some holes very different,stroke index 1 off the back tees for example. Get a stroke saver if you can! Greens were superb, as was the scenery on part of the back nine. Practice facilities are unbeatable, and staff in health spa and at the course were helpful and friendly.Ridiculously cheap stay and play rates, and a course that we will definitely be returning to in the near future.
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