Malkins Bank Municipal Golf Course

Malkins Bank Municipal Golf Course, Sandbach, North West, England, CW11 4XN

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17 reviews of Malkins Bank Municipal Golf Course

i would say in top 20 municipal courses around. fantastic course to learn how to play golf as i did. definetly worth visiting the course in sppring and summer of 09 as much work has bee done over winter. fantastic value for money and course does not have a dress code although most golfers turn up looking the part. a breathe of fresh air!!

Posted by sean lee on 10/02/2009
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One of the best Municipals available, 2nd hole a long par 5 off an elevated tee, 3rd a short par 3 to a slightly elevated green, 4th a dogleg right over a stream which needs a good hit to drive over, 6th and 7th have a lateral stream/hazard the full length which gets more than its fair share of balls in, 8th a sloping fairway to a raised green, 9th a dog leg left up a slight rise, the Course appears to be easy but playing to your handicap here is quite a challenge.
Bunkers in normal conditions are water free but lack enough sand, there are plenty of trees to make shots difficult if you stray too far off the fairways, only the 3rd hole par 3 is devoid of any adjoining trees. Well worth a visit but like anywhere it is best to book in advance or avoid peak periods if you are in a hurry, on a quiet day a 3 hour round possible if busy expect 4-5 hours.

Posted by david harrop on 23/09/2008
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Fairly good course to play. Well kept for a municipal course.
We played on a damp Bank holiday weekend and it was very busy, at least a 10 minute wait for the players in front. The front 9 were uniteresting and seemed very similar (a water hazard here or there would help), the back 9 had a little more character with undulating faiways and streams.
Nearly every bunker on the course was full of water and the sand rock solid and most greens were "mushy" to say the least.
Not a bad course considering the cost. PS Food is great at the 19th and staff are very friendly!

Posted by Syd Tench on 25/08/2008
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A very enjoyable course to play, there are some tough holes which will test your ability, but at the same time they are very enjoyable. No too holes are the same, each hole will have you thinking which club to play. If you play well there is a great score to be had, but if you aren't playing up to par then you might be looking at a nasty score.
If you are looking for a different course to play and havent played here before i would strongly recommend it.

Posted by B Bailey on 14/04/2008
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Played last Friday with our Golf Society. 19th Hole is down to earth, homely and friendly. The round took 5 Hours but one should expect this with a Municipal Golf Course. The Course itself was in good nick (has not really rained for the last 6 weeks) although the Greens were very bumpy, which was a shame as they could be excellent. All they need is a good hollow-tine & dressing. Fairways and T’s were well defined, as were the bunkers and all were in good condition. The course proffers a nice selection of holes that makes for a quite interesting round. We paid £10 which overall is excellent value for money.

Posted by Pete Boyce on 30/04/2007
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We are a small group of three men from Norway who wanted to start the golf season in England, and made Malkins Bank Municipal GC our choice.
Although it was early April we found the course in quite good condition. The greens were faster than we had expected,and as a consequence there were quite a few three puts and it took some time before we got used to them!
We were supposed to play other courses on our four day holiday, and we started at Malkins and ended up staying there! We were met by nice people both in the proshop and particularly on the 19th hole!
The club is well worth visiting!
Rune, Jan and Jon!

Posted by Jon Sandnes on 07/04/2007
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having played in more than a dozen opens at expensive private courses this year I have not found one that is any better condition than Malkins Bank, in fact many private club members use here as an alternative to their own course, it is not that difficult a course to play but is hard to play to your handicap with all greens having bunkers at the front, fairways are shaped and greens are as good as any around, only critism is the lack of sand in bunkers but no worse than many private courses and the 19th is a bit small but has excellant catering and can accomodate most needs, for those new to the game or the area there is a private club attached with an annual membership of around £50. competitions 52 weekends a year as well as mid week ones and unlike anothers report play to the strict rules of golf with those he got stuck behind playing winter rules in August having to be a Society, it is there for all to use and occassional those ignorant of the etiquette cause delays which is why the Club will not refuse membership to anyone and never has a waiting list to join, with current members willing to show others the ropes, seniors, ladies + juniors all have their own competitions, anyone wanting to learn the rules of play, obtain a handicap and improve their skills by playing alongside better players will find the Club very friendly and the Course very challenging and weather permitting in excellant condition. Season tickets greatly reduce the green fees costs and it is possible to play everyday for less than the cost of one round a week, contact the Secretary to join the Club attached to the Course. david.

Posted by david harrop on 22/09/2006
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Some interesting holes on the back nine. Staff very friendly but like many municipals there is always someone who struggles to follow even the basic rules. Slow play a common factor especially at weekends.
Our friends and visitors usually enjoy themselves and it's cheap and cheerful so think municipal but enjoy the golf!!

Posted by Georgina Leadbeater on 17/08/2006
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I play Malkins regularly and last night the course was in in fine condition - tees in need of a mow but the greens and fairways were in good condition. Nice to see they have even trimmed the edges of the bunkers and found some soft white sand to top some of them up.
Great to be able to fit a quick 9 holes in after work.
Staff are fiendly and accomodating.
Only real failing is that rounds can be slow at peak times such as sunny weekends!
Otherwise good challenge and good value for money.

Posted by Nigel Howells on 02/08/2005
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i have played at malkins bank on a regular basis but find it getting worst all the time.
it needs proper qualified greenstaff to get the best from it.
malkins has great potential but not under it,s present council owned management.
beautiful course surroundings poor fairways greens etc

Posted by dean oneill on 01/06/2005
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Both myself and my son are members, and this course, got us into golf 3 years ago.
A cracking course with friendly members a good bunch of staff in both the shop and club house.
Yes it can be frustrating when occasionally you get those who do not play to the rules, and you do get some slow games. But this is not often, and many guests I have brought along have said they have found the course harder then their own, and that the course was in better condition than their home club.
Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

Posted by martyn ripley on 29/05/2005
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I have played this course many times and its growing on me mor eand more, the 13th has caused th eloss of many balls even for me an dmy playin gpartner whom plays off 6....we have much fun atthis course and are always suprised by the improvements made in between visits, a good municicpal golf course, and a good roun dof golf.

Posted by Karl Roomer on 31/05/2004
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This is a cracking municipal course, a nice mix of holes with a couple of corkers thrown in on the back nine, greens are in good condition and course is well maintained. As with most municipals course’s it can get a bit crowded at times and on a couple of holes you do seem to be aimed at from all sides. Prices quite reasonable and all day breakfast served in clubhouse a definite must at the END of your game. Overall this is a very good course and would suit both the beginner and slightly more advanced, tee off times could do with being spread out a little more, and it would help if people playing would rake bunkers and fix pitch marks in on the greens. To sum up its well worth a visit but don’t forget to bring your hard hat.

Posted by Ed Miller on 09/09/2003
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I have just played this course and whilst I enjoyed my round left with some mixed feelings .On the plus side its certainly god value ,is an intereseting and open course, has pleasant enough staff a good cafe come clubhouse and is long enough for the mid handicaper. The downside when I played was the 18 temp tees and the 18 temp greens ,rendering the course short of length by about a 1000 yards and making the whole roung a case of a drive followed by a chip onto a postage stamp of a temp green .
Thus having finnished 6 shots under handicap I still do not really Know if it was such a good round. Whilst I realise greens have to be protected in this instance many were certainly playable and so few people were on the course any damage would be small ,however no one seemed to interested in changing from the temps .
In conclusion give the couse a try but check the conditions first.

Posted by Barry P on 17/01/2003
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I played the course on a lovely Summer's day in Aug 2002. It is nicely set up although the rough was a bit long in places. The temptation to blast the ball off many of the tees should be avoided, as most holes can be reached in regulation by the shorter but straighter hitters. The greens and fairways were in good nick and the course is far enough away from the M6 to make it a very pleasant place.
Unfortunately we were following a competition who, unbelievebly, were playing winter rules, which added to the usual municipal problem of slow play, resulted in a two ball taking over 5 (!) hours.

Posted by Andrew on 27/09/2002
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This 18 hole municiple course has some interesting holes. The best of which are holes 13 nick named Death Valley. Along hole driving from a plateau onto a long fairway which slopes from left to right. If you go left you are in woods if you go right you are in the swampy woods good luck on this one.Hole 14 is a par 3 set in a beautyful wood area. If you get over the tree you are in with a chance." My favourite Municiple Hole Ever ! ".

Posted by Brian of STAGS ( Stoke on Trent All weather Golfers) on 15/03/2000
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I have played at Malkins Bank quite a lot of times with my friends on a Sunday, and i feel that it is a great place to visit if you live near the area. As i live in Crewe the only other golf course i can go on is Queens park as listed in the golf courses on this web sitre, but it is only a nine hole course. I am a teenager currently at college and feel that for youngsters like myself Malkins Bank is a good place to play golf. And its a Municipal course with not too many rules on clthes etc.

Posted by Justin Faddes on 25/03/1999
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