Marland Golf Course
Marland Golf Course, Rochdale, North West, England, OL11 4RE
01706 649801 | Golf course website
10 reviews of Marland Golf Course
Update from my previous review early 2013. This course gets better and better with lots of money now invested by link 4 life Chris Sandham & his band of merry men (Brian Rushton) have really made some more excellent inprovements to the course which also include yardage markers to greens. The greens themselves are as good as any private course i have played in the last 2 years and massive improvements to the tee boxes.
Very good short course and worth the fee if you get there after 6pm in the summer you can play twilight for about 7 quid.
Played this course a zillion times over the last 20 years a very easy course once you come to terms with the blind holes and some interestingly very short par 3's. positive feedback is there has been a big improvement over the last few years and some money spent on new trees which once grown will toughen up the course considerably. Greens have also improved considerably with hard work from the head greenkeeper Chris Sandham who is part of the furniture at Marland. Negative feedback course desperately needs 150 and 100 yard markers as well as improved tees and Tee numbers and rakes for all bunkers or at least a bunker on each hole.
price has also gone up considerably to almost £20 a round which is about standard for private courses so a freeze on price over the next few years would be good.
All in all a good solid short course!
Springfield park or marlands golf course which ever name you call it is total value for your hard earned cash,ok it's hasn't got a 19th hole but thinks thats the only fault I could find,the course it in tiptop condition and the management are starting to invest in the course the car park been completly re layed all the staff are v. Welcoming from the old members who play to the visitors such a warm pleasant place to play.
Was recommended this course by a friend, was a little put off by the last review on here as it didn't sound great and as I was travelling from Leeds didn't want a bad day out.
As I got here staff were very friendly and helpfull. The course itself for being a municipal course was great, some challenging holes and some great holes ready for some big drives! Could do with the tee numbers on the tees as couple holes not to clear on were to go next. And little short of a rake on some holes. Weather was great and really enjoyed the course, will defo play here again in the near future. Could do with a nice bar for when your finished and also need to update the car park as very bumpy.
Played marland quite a few times this season and still find it quite challanging.Greens are in good nick but does lack a 19th.Good place too eat and drink is on the right hand side on the way into heywood called Albany Hotel. Good cheap food.
Played last week (beginning of September). Found the course condition to be much much worse than when we played last year. 3 holes were on winter greens/matt tees. No mention of this was made in the shop when paying, or on the course condition board. One of these 'winter holes' was completely away from the main hole it replaced, with no signs or other indication of where to go. Only other players pointing it out led us to the location. The normal tees and greens that were in play were in AWFUL condition. Truly the worst greens I've seen this year. Elsewhere on the course, lots of areas that should be GUR but not marked as such.
Shop, car park, changing rooms etc - disgraceful.
After a couple of seasons where the course has been good and it looked like money was being spent - it looks like the recession has hit the private operators and, like Regent Park in Bolton, they've decided to pocket the green fees and not spend anything on the course.
A goood test of golf, although quite short by todays standards theres quite a few blind shots and sloping fairways.
The course was in great condition especially the greens which were perfect and required confident puts as several of the greens were on two levels.
The par 3's are all wonderful except one which at 229 yards and a blind green is for me not what par 3's are about.
The only downside to this fantastic course was that in the week there is no booking system and even on the monday i played there were waits on several tees.
Ovarall a fantastic course and if only they implemented tee times to remove congestion would become a perfect days golf for only £12.80 each
Gem....Gem....Gem....Why I haven't stumbled across this golf course before I do not know, Hidden Away behind Springfield Park this is certainly a jewel in the crown for Rochdale.
18 holes of interest, granted not the longest course you will ever play however the greens are by far and away the best 'muni' greens I have ever played on (especially in late November)
After a bit of noseing about we found that the course is now being run by a private company called Link4life while still being owned by the council. It became perfectly clear that although they don't own the land itself Link4life and their staff are solely to blame for the supposed miraculous improvement in ground conditions all over the course. £130'000 worth of brand new Toro machinery is a prime example of the efforts of said company.
Without going on it's fair to say I will be back to Marland in the near future and may even cosider membership for the new year.!
This is the best muni i've played on.The greens are fantistic for a council owned facility.I understand a substantial amount of money has been put into the course which can only benefit an already great site.The only minus is a lack of a conventional clubhouse but there are some fine local hostelries on exiting the park not least of which is the "Success to the plough" opposite the park gates and the "Harrows" a short pitching wedge away.You could do a lot worse than play this course.
This is a par 67, 18 hole parkland course which is not very difficult once you come to terms with the fact that almost half of the holes are "blind". Anyone who "hooks" the ball from the tee can expect difficulty on several holes where trees and shrubbery populate the left side. The front 9 (par 36) is fairly standard with one par 4 and one par 5. The back 9, however, (par 31) contains 5 par threes though one is in excess of 200 yards.
For a Municipal course, it is quite well maintained with excellent greens. The downside is that there is no club house and the toilet facilities are disgusting! There is, however, a golf shop with some bargains to be found.
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