Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club

Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club, Chepstow, South East Wales, Wales, NP16 6YA

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Played both courses with an overnight stay.

The Old Course - An excellent course with many fine holes and wonderful views. The par 3 6th, the short par 4 10th, and the finishing four holes are the pick. The 230 yard par 3 18th over a picture postcard lake is quite majestic. 8.5/10

The Mathern - The polar opposite of the Old. Under invested and in poor condition. No more than a warm up course for the Old. 3/10

The hotel and bars - generally good.

Overall - Very good value and worth a visit.

Posted by Peter Frost on 03/10/2015
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  • Old Course
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  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5

Stayed over night (hotel rooms were adequate and bar and resturants were nice) and played the Old Course.

First the moans.

Why do courses have temp greens on some holes when the condition is exactly the same on all holes? The last frost was a month ago and it seemed over precious.

Also I saw that you needed winter hedgehog tyres so had it on the two main wheels. The little wheel at the front did not have them and some person who is very self important took great pleasure in telling me this was no good. He did not bother saying hello or any other manners. I am sure that a 17 stone man with a bag on his back would cause more damage than my front wheel. I then had to hire a trolley (was this the real reason??).

The general impression was that this resort course wanted to be a private members course yet still get the money.

Also I think Marshalls should speed rounds up rather than just drive out every two hours. Five hours and ten minutes is too long for a round.

Club house was poor with the bar being a shared hotel bar.

Now to the positives. The Old Course was very interesting with a good mix of holes. Some longer holes, some shorter holes and a couple o good par 3's. It was also nice to see a course that you had to go over a tree as usually they are at the side to penalise wayward drives and that is it.

In summary. Would I play again, yes but in all honesty it would be when Celtic Manor was full. The attitude of the golf staff was off putting and made me feel unwelcome.

Posted by Adam Gillings on 24/02/2011
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  • Old Course
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  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service1
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service1
  • Value for money4

Stayed over night (hotel rooms were adequate and bar and resturants were nice) and played the Old Course.

First the moans.

Why do courses have temp greens on some holes when the condition is exactly the same on all holes? The last frost was a month ago and it seemed over precious.

Also I saw that you needed winter hedgehog tyres so had it on the two main wheels. The little wheel at the front did not have them and some person who is very self important took great pleasure in telling me this was no good. He did not bother saying hello or any other manners. I am sure that a 17 stone man with a bag on his back would cause more damage than my front wheel. I then had to hire a trolley (was this the real reason??).

The general impression was that this resort course wanted to be a private members course yet still get the money.

Also I think Marshalls should speed rounds up rather than just drive out every two hours. Five hours and ten minutes is too long for a round.

Club house was poor with the bar being a shared hotel bar.

Now to the positives. The Old Course was very interesting with a good mix of holes. Some longer holes, some shorter holes and a couple o good par 3's. It was also nice to see a course that you had to go over a tree as usually they are at the side to penalise wayward drives and that is it.

In summary. Would I play again, yes but in all honesty it would be when Celtic Manor was full. The attitude of the golf staff was off putting and made me feel unwelcome.

Posted by Adam Gillings on 24/02/2011
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  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service1
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service1
  • Value for money4

Enjoyed a very pleasant round of golf on the Old Course last week and although tricky in parts, especially at the entrances to greens where the openings are narrow and occasionally guarded by well developed trees, the course played firm but fair. Greens were on the whole fast and true although some 'sticky wickets' where there were a few too many footmarks were the only minor blip on an otherwise very lush and well maintained course.
Despite being warned that it may take around 5 hours to complete the round our two ball were round in just over 4, not bad given the number out on the course. Making the most of one of few days of the year when it didn't rain in Wales I guess!

Posted by CJ Adams on 02/09/2010
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Played the old course, which was in excellent condition throughout.
A fairly long course but with very little penal rough, so you tend not to lose many balls. The main way you lose shots is failed attempts to get either over or under the numerous large, mature trees that line most of the fairways. With several of the holes you need to put your drive on the correct side of the fairway to avoid being blocked out on your approach to the green.
There is however a certain sameness feeling to many of the holes, but 15 and 17 with the greens intruding into the lake, and the 240yd par 3 18th are standout holes. Most mid to high handicapers will struggle to get to the 18th green even with a driver off the tee.
Excellent off course facilities at the hotel complex.

Posted by Ian Thomas on 24/07/2010
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Just returned from a wekend golf break at the Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club. Hotel, food and facilities execellent. But the Mathern Golf Course, oh what a disgrace! The tees and fairways were in very poor condition and the greens! Well best thing they could do is dig them up and relay them. Even allowing for a wet Winter and heavy foot traffic, they were an absolute disgrace! In conrast, the Old Course was a pleasure to play, even allowing for the fact that the greens had a top dressing (which you would expect this time of the year) and two temporary greens were in play (well presented). The Rooms, food and facilities are first class, so if you are considering booking a golf package there, insist on only playing the Old Course and you should have an enjoyable break.

Posted by Terence Pullin on 23/03/2009
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Played in November 2008 on a dry but grey day. Arrived to find a trolly ban in place for trollies without "hedgehog" wheels. All the clubs' trollies were on the course and we had to carry. (although pencil bags were being given out if needed) I do not know why this was the case as we later found the course to be pretty dry!
Course was covered in leaves to the extent that you could lose your ball in the middle of the fairway, play was delayed ofen due to this.
Clearly no leaf removal had been done for some time.
The greens were slow and bumpy. For a venue of this price range I think they were not acceptable even for the time of year. I can forgive evidence of tinning, but it is plain to see the dead patches resulting from a hard season of hackers not repairing pitch marks.
Some decent holes, nice changes of elevation - new greens being built will improve further. Finishing stretch from 15 in is very good indeed.

Posted by Kirit Patel on 21/11/2008
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Simply superb as a venue, excellent facilities, a friendly welcome, great hotel to stay in and great food too...it's a bit expensive but you get what you pay for!
Course isn't brutal, more subtle undulations than anything, but plenty rough and water which is to be avoided. The 18th is a cracker, 235 yards over water to a sloping, two tiered green. a four is not a bad score there, I can assure you.
In summary, excellent!

Posted by Martin Price on 05/09/2007
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I have just had my second visit to St Pierre on a similar package as before. despite a couple of hiccups due to the rain and more rain, there were seven of us there. The Old course was unavailable due to club tournaments, but the Mathern is enough of a challenge. The second day involved playing 2 nines, due to work being carried out. But this did not stop the enjoment. My advice, get yourself here on one of the packages.

Posted by Craig Scott on 24/07/2007
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25 years ago I saw Greg Norman win the the Dunhill Masters on the Old Course, that was a wonderful day. On the 10/07/2007 courtesy of Lloyds Private Banking I was thrilled to play that same course. My score on the day did not match Greg's ? but my card will be a treasured souvenier to keep. I enjoyed playing every hole and was fortunate enough to finish with a nice par on the eighteenth.

Posted by Roy Bagshaw on 11/07/2007
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Played the Old course in glorious sunshine and would agree with previous comments. Although well manicured a number of holes weren't particularly memorable. The finishing stretch, however, was superb. The 18th into the wind is impossible to reach for most! Sat nav in buggies was very useful (for yardages, not finding your way!).Staff very friendly and would return. Bar very expensive!

Posted by Mike Smith on 16/05/2007
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Very nice course indeed,
Quite tight in places though.
Some of the par threes are a bit make or break but a very good looking course with great facilities.
The 18th is a craking finisher, but is like I say it is either make or break !! I broke.
Would like to play in the summer as it was raining when I played a few months back as in many of these reviews !!

Posted by Duncan Elliott on 11/05/2006
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The old course was a pleasure, with the closing four holes as tough as any I have played. The condition was great with the greens true and of good fast pace. The Mathern is just a golf course of no real note exept the greens arn't bad.

Posted by Michael Holmes on 15/06/2005
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Just returned from a package deal at St Pierre. Grat time. The Old course played long and piled up the score. What a finishing hole.
Enjoyed playing the Mathern too. Looking forward to returning in the not too distant future.

Posted by Craig Scott on 06/04/2005
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A fantastic experience to play. In exceptional condition for October and even more so as our 11.30 tee time had been preceeded by tottential rain. However by hole 3 we were all in shirt sleeves! Holes 6 and 7 have stunning views and 18 must be the most memorable par 3 ever. Facilities 5 star. Compliments to the greenstaff who kept the "tight" fairways leaf free for our visit.

Posted by Peter Saunders on 31/10/2004
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In a nutshell, the Old Course at St Pierre is a 'proper' golf course - well designed, well kept, rewarding good shots and punishing bad ones. I had a great time and would definitely go back. The Mathern Course was also in good condition, the dry weather helping with their occassional drainage problems. More of a positional course, it helped me to play with some members who told me where to go and what to hit! Again, a good time was had by all and I would recommend trying both courses rather than just sticking to the Old.

Posted by Doug Jeffery on 27/10/2003
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Played the Old Course last week and its OK, nothing more than that really. Some really interesting holes but others were very predictable. Tee Boxes were poor and it took over 6.5 hours to get round!!! No marshalls anywhere to keep things moving, the cause of the delay was 4 people in buggies who had no idea on how to play golf and after telephone calls made by our 3 ball and the 4 ball in front still no marshalls appeared.
Shame cos it sells itself as a top course but frankly is overpriced and poorly run - wont be going back!

Posted by Jon B on 22/07/2003
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The Old Course is an extremely well manicured course with mature trees, superb fairways and immaculate greens. The first 7 holes are excellent, with 5, 6 and 7 being as good a stretch as you will find anywhere. The 7th is one of those holes where you could spend all day hitting balls off the elevated tee. However, in my opinion, most of what follows is relatively ordinary in comparison and, with the exception of the last few holes, nowhere near as memorable. The approach shots into 15 and 17 are fairly interesting though, as the greens on these holes back onto a large lake - your second shot into the 17th green will most likely be blind! However, I do not wish to be overly critical, as I believe it would be difficult not to have an enjoyable round due to the overall condition of the course .

Posted by Myrt on 16/06/2003
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nice course, nice greens nice fairways excellent facilities. but just down the road is a suberb hidden course which frankly is the best i have ever played - The Rolls of Monmouth if you want better value for money go to the rolls, st pierre is a nice course and i would still love to play it again, but, they should not have had it so close to the rolls.

Posted by kevin goff on 06/03/2003
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Have just spent a weekend at St Pierre. Played the Old Course Saturday, and the Mathern Sunday. The Old course offers a tough challenge, with its established trees, and fast greens.
The Matherns challenge is in the variety of holes, and with the 15th one of the more difficult driving holes, on the course.
Would recommend it to anybody looking for 2 day break.

Posted by andy on 30/09/2002
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Having played both the Old Course and Mathern over a fine autumn weekend I can say that I have never seen such a contrast in two courses. The Old Course was superb, scenic and challenging. The Mathern to be harsh was a field with a few features. Despite it not having rained for a couple of weeks the Matherns ground was soggy and the greens were in a bad way. The Old Course was almost perfect bar the fact that the greenkeepers couldn't keep up with the leaf collection so on many occasions a ball was lost when on normal occasions would sit prominent; I also think the greenkeeper got out of the wrong side of the bed that weekend judging by some of the pin placements. I would definitely go back because the hotel was fantastic, as were the staff, and the Old Course is excellent.

Posted by Paul Berry on 21/11/2001
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played here on 20/07/01.A lot of people I spoke to raved about the course,and yes there are some great holes,but I thought the greens were a bit sketchey and after playing Roman road course at Celtic Manor in the afternoon(Trent Jones designed)St Pierre isnt a patch on this great course

Posted by sean hawkins on 24/07/2001
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Played the Mathern Course, as you need to book early to get desired time on Old Course. Mathern very wet and did not appear to have any distance markers, making club selection difficult. It is a Par 68 Parkland course with mature trees, but fairly open and not too long. The course is crossed by streams and ditches. Some challenging par 3's. A good preparation for the Old Course but would probably not test the more capable golfer. Make sure your shoes are waterproof !

Posted by Simon Rogers on 24/10/2000
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I have become a regular visitor to St. Pierre in the past couple of years- the hotel is fantastic value and great for relaxing, but it is the ol course that makes it. If you book into the hotel in advance, do make sure you book a tee time as well with the pro shop (all of the guys in the proshop seem very friendly and really know their stuff).
The Old Course is fantastic. The 1st and 9th on the right hand side of the driveway are good holes, I think the rest are great. Highlights include: the fabulous par 3 6th followed by the drive off of raised 7th tee (very raised!). The holes that really stand out are 15, 17 and 18. The 15th and 17th are made by there greens which back out into the lake, and the 18th is, in my opinion, one of the most challenging closing holes in British golf. The greens when I played were fabulous, which is saying something as everytime I go it seems to rain.
Thoroughly recommended for a long weekend.

Posted by Andy White on 18/10/2000
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I lived in Pebble Beach, Ca. many years and had an appreciation for great golf courses. I had the pleasure of playing the couse as a guest of the late Golf Pro Mr A pickle. This was one the golfing highlights of my life.

Posted by Mr George W balding on 23/07/2000
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3 reviews of Old Course

Played both courses with an overnight stay.

The Old Course - An excellent course with many fine holes and wonderful views. The par 3 6th, the short par 4 10th, and the finishing four holes are the pick. The 230 yard par 3 18th over a picture postcard lake is quite majestic. 8.5/10

The Mathern - The polar opposite of the Old. Under invested and in poor condition. No more than a warm up course for the Old. 3/10

The hotel and bars - generally good.

Overall - Very good value and worth a visit.

Posted by Peter Frost on 03/10/2015
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  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5
  • Green conditions4
  • Clubhouse3
  • Course challenge4
  • Staff service3
  • Value for money5

Stayed over night (hotel rooms were adequate and bar and resturants were nice) and played the Old Course.

First the moans.

Why do courses have temp greens on some holes when the condition is exactly the same on all holes? The last frost was a month ago and it seemed over precious.

Also I saw that you needed winter hedgehog tyres so had it on the two main wheels. The little wheel at the front did not have them and some person who is very self important took great pleasure in telling me this was no good. He did not bother saying hello or any other manners. I am sure that a 17 stone man with a bag on his back would cause more damage than my front wheel. I then had to hire a trolley (was this the real reason??).

The general impression was that this resort course wanted to be a private members course yet still get the money.

Also I think Marshalls should speed rounds up rather than just drive out every two hours. Five hours and ten minutes is too long for a round.

Club house was poor with the bar being a shared hotel bar.

Now to the positives. The Old Course was very interesting with a good mix of holes. Some longer holes, some shorter holes and a couple o good par 3's. It was also nice to see a course that you had to go over a tree as usually they are at the side to penalise wayward drives and that is it.

In summary. Would I play again, yes but in all honesty it would be when Celtic Manor was full. The attitude of the golf staff was off putting and made me feel unwelcome.

Posted by Adam Gillings on 24/02/2011
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  • Old Course
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  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service1
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service1
  • Value for money4

Stayed over night (hotel rooms were adequate and bar and resturants were nice) and played the Old Course.

First the moans.

Why do courses have temp greens on some holes when the condition is exactly the same on all holes? The last frost was a month ago and it seemed over precious.

Also I saw that you needed winter hedgehog tyres so had it on the two main wheels. The little wheel at the front did not have them and some person who is very self important took great pleasure in telling me this was no good. He did not bother saying hello or any other manners. I am sure that a 17 stone man with a bag on his back would cause more damage than my front wheel. I then had to hire a trolley (was this the real reason??).

The general impression was that this resort course wanted to be a private members course yet still get the money.

Also I think Marshalls should speed rounds up rather than just drive out every two hours. Five hours and ten minutes is too long for a round.

Club house was poor with the bar being a shared hotel bar.

Now to the positives. The Old Course was very interesting with a good mix of holes. Some longer holes, some shorter holes and a couple o good par 3's. It was also nice to see a course that you had to go over a tree as usually they are at the side to penalise wayward drives and that is it.

In summary. Would I play again, yes but in all honesty it would be when Celtic Manor was full. The attitude of the golf staff was off putting and made me feel unwelcome.

Posted by Adam Gillings on 24/02/2011
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  • Green conditions3
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  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service1
  • Value for money4
  • Green conditions3
  • Clubhouse1
  • Course challenge3
  • Staff service1
  • Value for money4

Course information

Number of holes 18
Year opened 1961
Designer Ken Cotton, Ross McMurray
Style Parkland

Tee information

Competition

Yards 7028
Par 72
SSS 73

Mens

Yards 6514
Par 72
SSS 72

Ladies

Yards 5860
Par 75
SSS 75

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Summer/High season

Weekday round£50
Weekend round£50
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Winter/Low season

Weekday round£25
Weekend round£25
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Course information

Number of holes 18
Year opened -
Designer Bill Cox, Ross McMurray
Style Parkland

Tee information

Competition

Yards 5748
Par 68
SSS 68

Mens

Yards 5606
Par 68
SSS 67

Ladies

Yards 5225
Par 72
SSS 72

Green Fees

Summer/High season

Weekday round£30
Weekend round£30
Weekday day-
Weekend day-

Winter/Low season

Weekday round£15
Weekend round£15
Weekday day-
Weekend day-

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