Marriott Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club Resort
Marriott Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club Resort, Shedfield, South East, England, SO32 2HQ
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18 reviews of Marriott Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club Resort
Working in the area I decided to stay at the Marriott as I thought it would be nice to finish at 5 and play a bit of golf back at the hotel. One round I'm afraid was quite enough to put me off for the week and it's safe to say I won't bother to book here in the future. Terribly overgrown, I can only imagine just how wet it gets in the winter. The canopy of trees is so out of control that you almost feel you're on an abandoned course at some points. Couple that with the horribly artificial design and there is no joy in a game here.
Played at Meon many years ago and thought at the time that, although never a course to get the pulse racing, it had the potential to become one of the better modern courses around. Having recently returned as part of a society it was a shame to find that it had grown somewhat unchecked and nothing short of a full tree clearing exercise will allow the course to breath. All too frequently you find yourself on a sodden fairway with branches overhanging your line. All in all a miserable experience with these clear signs of poor maintenance.
Played both the Meon Course and Valley courses last year a few times and enjoyed it so much I have become a member for 2012.
The Meon course is a real gem but boy are the tee shots narrow, accuracy as well as distance are well rewarded on the front 9 with the 2nd and 5th holes particularly challenging for all levels of golfer. Par 3s vary from 160yds to 220 yards with water on 2 of the 4. Greens are good but not overly fast and the new watering/drainage system will improve already decent fairways. Huge difference in difficulty from the white tees compared to the yellows but really good value with a county card or on a break.
Valley 9 can suffer from being wet, the trees inhibit the drying out on the 2nd and 3rd but once past them its a really good track in all weathers, greens tend to be a little faster than on the Meon and the 240 yard par 3 is seriously difficult for all but the longer hitters
great practice facilities and if you get a member to use their discount card at the bar for you then the food and drink are excellent quality, its a Marriott after all, and the 20% off makes prices very6 reasonable.
Try it you will like it
Played the Meon Course many times over the years and think it's an excellent track but felt the 9 hole Valley Course was also worth a mention....
Very enjoyable alternative to it's big brother. Shorter and, in parts, wider but every hole has real individual character and charm.
Fortunately I'm not yet old enough for length off the tee to be a problem but I do know some older golfers who all enjoy this track as at only circa 5,500 yards for 18 holes it's not at all long but doesn't lack quality or variety.
£10 for 9 holes certainly represents a bargain in my book.
Played this at the end of July on a very hot sunny day... Found the start to be very difficult, with 3 long par 4 holes in the first 5 holes... the second 9 felt a lot shorter and a lot more enjoyable with cleverly designed holes with various dog-legs etc.
The greens were excellent, but found the fairways grass to be slightly long (a harsh criticism maybe)resulting in a blurring of the the boundry between the fairway and the first cut rough.
On the whole, a decent test of golf, with some well designed holes (i can't think of any obviouse weak holes), and at £30, very good value for money
Played on 24th May for free as I had a voucher for taking out golf insurance. This meant I could treat myself to a round at Hayling Island where$ I really wanted to play so I expected this course to be very much less enjoyable.I was pleasantly surprised as the extra 400 yds off the whites help make this a fine course.
The halves are somewhat unbalanced with 3 long par 4's at 2,3 & 5 making a difficult start. Some of the shorter par 4's are cleverly designed and the par 3's were tricky in the blustery conditions. The 12th is a great hole because the pond goes round both sides of the green as well as the front and club selection on this sharply downhill par 3 is problematic.
Fairways good, greens excellent but fringes scruffy. My only complaint was that the 150yd markers all seemed to overstate the yardage.
A very good experience. I have rated value on what I would have paid via Tee Off Times.
We 'stayed & played' on a two night/three round deal through a booking agent in April 2011. We were very lucky with the weather which contributed to what was a great weekend.
The Course is very good, it really was thinking golf...planning your lay-up or going for it was not an easy decision and saw some of our lower handicappers really getting stuck....a challenge for all levels of golf in my opinion and pretty well kept. My only complaint was the pace of play however as a society of 16 people we probably contributed to this as much as anyone else. They could have done with a marshall on the 1st tee to ensure groups tee off on time to keep play moving a steady pace. There are some interesting holes, the 8th and 12th spring to mind. The pro-shop is a little restricted and not cheap, however, it is very efficient and the staff were very polite. The practice facilities were great, there were plenty of buggies and single seater trike style buggies which some of our group prefered.
The hotel and food were what you would expect from Marriott...very clean, two queen sizes beds in the twin rooms which were well appointed. The menu gave a good choice...my only complaint on this was that you had to chose your evening meals early in the day. Breakfast was buffet style with everything to chose from, a little slow when busy but great nonetheless.
For the price we paid through the agent we were all delighted with the course, the hotel and the food....although the bar prices are a bit steep, there is a local pub for 'real beer' lovers which is very reasonable indeed.
All in all, I would highly recommend this venue for a golf day or weekend. The atmosphere is relaxed and yet professional, there are no stuffy rules about wearing golf shoes in the bar etc...and yet the place is in great condition and well looked after. The spa facilities were very good aswell and were included in the price.
Im struggling to find anything to moan about which is unusual for me. The only thing I woul say is that the greens had recently been treated and were playing slow, but i assume this is a temporary problem as the majority of the course was in great condition.....my only suggestion....please put some sand in the bunkers....some of them are like playing off of concrete!! We will probably go back there at some point in the future and i feel it will be hard to match or beat this place for the value for money in the meantime.
excellent course. best greens ive played on, even the 9 hole course is very good. tall trees, elevated tees, water, deep bunkers, a bit expensive
The Meon Valley Golf & Country Club (Marriot Hotel) has the 18-hole championship Meon course and the 9-hole Valley course. Like all Marriot courses both are well maintained with conditioned fairways, quality greens and all-year bunkers.
The Meon course opens with a fairly simple par-5 where the drive and the approach over the stream to uphill green are the challenging shots. The par 4 2nd is a tricky hole where the drive is narrow and tree lined. You can cut the corner on the par 4 3rd and the approach is likely to roll from front right to back left. After a simple short par 3 comes the difficult par 4 5th with a long approach over a hidden dip with a stream. The par 4 6th dog-legs right to left and the par 3 7th is a cute hole over water. The par 5 8th is long and narrow and normally the longest drive hole in competitions. The par 4 9th is a good front 9 hole to finish on and demands correct clubbing for your 2nd shot. The back 9 opens with a long par 5 where you can open your shoulders with the driver. This is followed by the beautiful par 4 11th with a 90 degree dog-leg and an uphill 2nd shot. Following a short downhill par 3 over water you play the par 4 13th with an uphill blind tee shot. The par 3 14th is long at 230+ yards off the back tees and this if followed by a thought provoking short par 4 15th with slight dog-leg. It is possible to reach the green but bunkers front left & right will probably gulp up any attempt. The par 4 16th is c.460 yards and dog-legs left to right. A very good 2nd shot is the key here. The par 4 17th is a pretty hole with a down-hill, small green landing area over a pond. The par 4 18th is drivable with the wind behind but should be played with brains & not brawn due to the OOB on the left. All in all, a good challenge of golf and worthy of carrying the Marriot brand, although on some days the fairway grass can be left a day too long before cutting.
The Valley course is not your normal easy 9-hole as it contains approach shots over water, tight tree lined fairways, three different par 3s, dog-leg & uphill par 4s, a long par 5 with a do or dare corner to cut and concludes with a good uphill hole. Playing this loop twice is just as challenging as playing the Meon course, or makes an interesting 9 if playing with the Championship over a 27-hole day.
First impressions weren't the best when I came to practice on the range a week before and saw a SIX BALL teeing off! Must have been a one off because the pro-shop were friendly and well organised and did everything we asked of them for our golf society.
The course looks fairly innocent on paper but is actuallu quite hilly. The greens were good, I just wish they'd cut the fairways a bit shorter to give the accurate players the full benefit of a straight tee shot. There wasn't a great deal of difference between this and the semi-rough. In a way this helps, because it's a busy course with lots of corporate golf and, as we saw, the odd six ball. Immacualtely sculpted fairways wouldn't survive long and would be full of divots.
The facilities are also excellent here and there is generally a nice, friendly, relaxed atmosphere with a choice of places to eat/drink after your golf. Not one for the purists but a nice venue all the same.
Just played the course on a fine Friday afternoon with a society from work.
The course is an excelent challenge for any golfer, for me a high handicapper it was great fun because most of the holes gave me room and the confidence to 'have a go'- it didn't always work out. The holes are all quite different some with water in front of the green, some long flowing fairways, intricate dog-legs a great mixture.
The off course facilities are faultless as you would expect from a hotel and country club set up very impressive.
The only downsides that I found was that some of the fairways were pretty chopped up at pitching distance to the green ( divots not replaced) and the number of pitch marks not repaired on the greens.This in my mind not the fault of the green keepers but shows that even on what is an expensive course the actions of many golfers leaves a lot to be desired
Our society visited Meon Valley on a Special Winter deal in Jan 2005, good value at £20 including Steak & Kidney afterwards. The course was in goodish condition for the time of year with just one temp in play although some of the other green were a bit "squishy and bumpy". The course has matured nicely over the years and most holes follow a good avenue of large trees, whilst water comes into play on a few holes. At this price, certainly worth a visit, but at high summer prices, could be slightly overpriced. If you do visit though, take your own food - an average Bacon and Egg Roll and cup of coffee a whopping £6.40. !!! - and looking at wine menu, cheapest was £17 for a Merlot that Tescos would sell at £3.......Basically, good course, nice welcome, but forget eating or drinking there!
Played in April 04, first sunny day of the year and the course was in excellent condition. Very challenging and a great day out, will be back again soon!
What a lovely course, the sorroundings are beautiful and the members were very friendly. Each hole was a pleasure to play and very challenging. The tree's are mature and the green's and fairway's are immaculate. The only downside was the prices at the bar, £2 for a small cup of coffee!!! What a day out though.
Have just come back from a 2 day golf break at Meon Valley and the course was in immaculate condition. The greens which were mentioned by others as a bit ropey in the Spring were excellent when we played - fast and true, but also holding long iron approaches. Thoroughly enjoyed playing here - the course isn't long but the surroundings and trees are mature, so there are some tough driving holes - accuracy is definitely the key. The 425 yard 16th is a dog leg right which is made very difficult by the positioning of a tree on the right hand side - particularly when the tee box is over on the right as well.
Just had a 2 day golf break. The little 9 hole valley course was the best of its type I've played; greens were immaculate. The Meon course is a superb layout; each hole a different challenge, very mature and picturesque, fairly inviting fairways with greens tucked away. I really cannot think of a single dud hole. I agree that the greens were a little ropey, but on the whole it didn't detract too much from what is now one of my favourite courses. Highly recommended in my opinion. We payed £90 each for dinner, bed and breakfast plus 3 rounds of golf - what a bargain.
This is a wonderfully planned course in the most picturesque surroundings. Unfortunately it also displays the classic signs of under-maintenance and over-use. The greens were pretty awful and the fairways weren't much better which was a shame because the design deserves so much more. So go for the walk but not if you value fair golf. In it's present condition this course will not feature in any competition but it deserves to, so spend some money Mr Marriott!
Our society had two days here. A very nice course where you need good positioning from your tee shots otherwise you get blocked out. The greens were marvelous but the course in general was quite wet for this time of year. There were some great holes right through from start to finish. Very enjoyable golf but with so many visitors not knowing the course, it can take a long time to get around - prepare yourself for at least five hours and possibly longer.
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