Mardyke Valley Golf Club
Mardyke Valley Golf Club, Ockendon, East of England, England, RM15 6RR
11 reviews of Mardyke Valley Golf Club
Not a particularly great course, although good it was open in the wet weather we had recently.
Greens were not good, and the 2 holes I recall is a pr 3 on the front 9 of 230 yards, and the 17th , which is a great hole.Unfortunately the latter was closed, and turned into a par 3 til it's finished.
We won't be coming back.
We played this course in good conditions and we scored well as a pair (90 24 h/c & 96 28 h/c). The first nine holes where very brown on the faiways and greens where OK. The back nine was in much better condition with some very challenginh hole (15 & 17 esp). I made 6 pars that is unknown for me!! Would play it again abd at £11 each on line it was good value for money. Very enjoyable afternoon.
As a member of this course my views maybe a little bias but to bring people up todate with the work being done, the clubhouse has had a lot work done to it new changing rooms new extension to bar area and new bunkers and trees added and work on the fairways is going to happen during the coming year, for people who have not played this course it maybe short but most greens are hard to attack the tee shot is the most important shot on all holes as wrong choice of club and you may not find your ball or have no shot to the greens,If you can play this course well playing longer ones with big greens are easy so be warned so if you get a chance to play do so
I found this course by chance as it sits between Kent & Essex and this provided the ideal place to meet up with guys from work from different counties.
I played this course last week (October 2010) using a 2fore1 voucher which made it great value. I play off 18, but my partner for the day is a high handicapper and the couse gave us both a challange. Take care when playing the signature hole 17th it truely is a sting in the tail!
The final hole a par 3 needs something a few trees or a water hazard to add a bit of zest to get you over te finishing line, but that apart a good solid course worth trying. This is a return visit and since my last the facilitiesare now first class.
Great value at £18 mid-week, even better with the voucher. Try it you won't be disappointed.
The driving range needs improving, but the putting green was excellent.
A pleasant course to play and one that seems to improve each time I visit - which is about once a year. As it is maturing there are now more good holes than bad. Greens were good but the fairways still a bit bare in places. Signs have improved but still easy to walk to the wrong tee. The 17th is of course an outstanding hole that will wreck most cards unless played wisely. There is a par 4 on the front nine which is a little unfair in that if you don't know the course as it is blind and if you hit a good drive over the marker post you will probably end up in the ponds protecting the green. You will only do it the once though! New high tech changing rooms are special and the bar is as friendly as ever. I can thoroughly recommend this course as being one of the best in the lower price bracket.
A very pleasant course to play, not to difficult for high handicap players yet challenging for low handicap players. acuracy is required at most holes otherwise you can leave yourself with an almost impossible shot. The greens are in impecable condition, some tricky borrows but if youmiss the hole its your fault not the green
I played at Mardyke for the first time on 9th May 2009.
I viewed the course with a bit scepticism as I understood it was fair new and with the price of only £20 I figured that it would come under the banner of "cheap and cheerful".
How wrong I was.
The first hole is pretty straight forward and to be honest nothing special, but the ditch across the fairway, and a few well placed trees made it a bit more of a challenge.
From then on every single hole required thought before teeing off, as opposed to so many courses these days where with the exception of par 3's you just pick the driver out of the bag.
Throughout my round I tee'd of with the driver, 5 wood, 4 iron, 6 iron, 7 iron, 9 iron and pitching wedge, I don't think I've ever used so many different clubs off of a tee in my life!
There are some very nice holes indeed, 6 being a testing one where you tee off up hill, with water just in front of the green, 15 being a deceptively long par 5 with a hidden green, and the signature hole of 17 which wouldn't be out of place on the USPGA!
A testing and enjoyable course, where course knowledge is invaluable, and something which I will certainly be gaining as I will certainly be back!
The club house, although not being anything special to look at is well stocked and the food looked and smelt very nice, with very friendly bar staff.
I played this course on Monday 22nd September.
The weather was cloudy, cool with a light wind which got stronger the longer we played.
First impressions were not good!
We paid for our golf and got a bucket of range balls.
The range wasn't a range! It was a piece of waste land with one mat.
The range balls were a mixture of proper golf balls and range balls.
Then I went into the small clubhouse to get the regulation bacon butty! Only to find out that they don't start cooking until 11am.
We arrived on the first tee and found that we were looking down a bowling alley. They have built a bank on each side of the fairway and it does look like a bowling alley!
The tees were OK, the fairways were OK. The greens were green, they had grass on them and were well cut, but they were rock hard! Even with a bit of moisture on top they would not hold a golf ball, you had to drop it short and let the ball run onto the green.
You could tell that this used to be a nine hole course as the two halves are totally different to each other. The front nine are nice mature holes but the back nine is like one big field with a few trees in between the fairways.
I did like the 6th hole (Par 4 - 281 yards - SI 7), you tee off uphill to a marker post. It's only a short par 4 but you don't realise that just over the brow of the hill is a pond! It's on the left hand side of the fairway, but the fairway narrows the nearer the green you get!
My favourite hole was the 17th (Par 4 - 322 yards - SI 6), you stood on the tee and one each side of the fairway, about 150 yards away were two big trees. As you looked down the fairway you could see the green in the distance, nestled into a small wood! We then found out that there was a pond before the green that went from the front of the green around to the left hand side of the fairway. I hit a three wood and ended up about ten yards short of the pond on the right hand side of the fairway, if I had gone left I would have been in the pond!
They had a small bar which was nice enough.
I don't think I'll go back here this winter, but I might try and give it a go again next summer.
Plyed this course on the 19th Aug, in very stong winds, but what a lovely course.
I play of a 18, and my friend a 25, and we both struggled to regester a good score, one of the most challenging courses in the area. Course and greens were in fantastic condtition and staff were very friendly.
Also have to add, 19th hole was a very nice pint.
I would recommend everyone adds Mardyke Valley to thier list of courses to play.
Played this in February, and was very pleased that I did. The course is a very fair challenge and will reward playing several times. The prize feature is the very exacting greens which i imagine will be even trickier in the summer, good paced and tricky borrows.
Lots of evidence of continued investment in drainage and course improvement, but do get a course guide, and do not fall into the trap of believing the lines from your "mate".
Excellent value, good, fair challenge and thoroughly recommended.
What a superb golf course. Tight fairways and awkward greens make this course a truly remarkable golf course. A tough tight first is followed by an easy 2nd. The third dips left but is still fairly easy. A cruel fourth into the oak trees is followed by a beast of a fifth par 5 where u MUST go over the trees to stand any chance of green in 2 over the brook. so forth and so forth until the 17th which must be one of the finest holes in essex. Highly recommended.
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