26 reviews of Marriott Worsley Park Golf and Country Club
you here people say 'oh thats a good course or that is a good course'
well let me tell you this course is nothing less than out of this world the fairway condition is so good you could put of them and the greens are are like a snooker table so smooth and so fast it almost looks like something out of a cartoon!!! only thinf that spoiled it was the bloody wind so strong. Good challenging holes excellent facilities this course is tremendous.
Fantastic course, and currently have a very good membership scheme. I have just joind this course and can honestly say that it is immaculate. The greens are fantastic (maybe a slight bobble towards the end of the day) but still a fantastic course.
Interesting the review below which said the greens were poor was only a fortnight ago, we found them in fantastic condition and the course in general despite a heavy downpoor 24 hrs before had drained well. Agree that a couple of the holes dont offer a great challenge in particular the par 3's exception being the 7th(i think) but all in all very impressed and am looking forward to another round nxt wk.
Great layout with only a few uninteresting holes. The greens were poor though with the ball bobbling all over the place. Such a shame as it could be brilliant. Not worth the money unless they improve the greens, if they were good then I would consider joining !
Played the course in the middle of January at a time when most courses have restrictions on either greens, fairways or tees. Despite a week of heavy rain, the faiways were in great condition and firm underfoot. If your drive hit the fairway, then it never plugged. They have put down a lot of sand on the faiways, but wouldn't know this until you see your divot. This has obviously made a difference to the firway drainage - for the time of year they were excellent. The greens were a little soft so approach shots were stopping quickly if hit well. We played off the white tees which were in good condition. Some of the bunkers were classed as GUR because of the recent heavy rain but they were well marked and those that had been well raked were in good condition. The staff in the pro shop, other members in the locker room and particularly the starter were very helpful and friendly.
We booked online and paid £22 each and I would highly recommend this as a great winter golf venue and I look forward to playing it again in winter as well as in the summer.
The hotel was excellent too and some of the deals available to play two rounds, dinner, bed & breakfast are fantastic value at £80.
This is a nice course if there has been weeks of dry weather. I played on 20/8/10 after a weekend of wettish weather. Every bunker was flooded, the fairways were soggy and the rough was waterlogged. I hit a drive down the middle of the first fairway and lost the ball. Every ball was plugged with absolutely no run. The weekend had been wet but not unreasonable for September. I would say this course is only worth playing in May, June, July and August. The only plus I can think is that the greens were excellent.
Just came back today after 2 days of playing golf in this wonderful venue. So here is my honest and truthful views. The staff at the hotel reception, restaurant, bar, pro shop, course marshalls were all A1 when it comes to attentiveness, courteousness and friendliness to visitors. Rooms facilities are excellent (just what anyone should expect in a 4 Star hotel). The course lay out is very impressive and I would dearly like to return to play this course again BUT!! there's a big IF to this desire. Bear in mind that this is 29/30th of August. Yes, Summer. Also please note the date posted by Stuart below, 12/08/08. The fairways from the 1st up to the 18th were spread with sands. That's a big WHY??? As soon I stepped into the first tee box I've noticed how wet it was (muddy puddle gathered round my shoes). Due to the wet sand it felt like playing the ball out of wet bunkers (no exaggeration) so just imagine what was it like or the result if you've played a ball out of wet bunkers. Although it was preferred lies there's nowhere to place the ball to avoid the wet sand. After 6 holes I decided to change tactic. Instead of hitting my ball to the fairways I deliberately sent the ball off the fairways towards semi rough/rough because that's the only place to play the ball out of grass (wet, sticky grass) to get a decent shot/distance. None of us would do that in normal circumstances. It's what I should call resourcefulness out of DESPERATION! I've had 11 in the front 9 and 18 (one NR) in the back. Had I not thought of that trick I doubt i'd score 11 in the back as the back 9 is more difficult that the front. All the greens have been microtined and scurrified so it made scoring even more difficult. I've nothing against it at all as it is part and parcel in maintaining the greens to good if not high standard. Also, i've noticed that there were water standing along the pathways.
Worsley Park, being supposed to be a prestige club, the tee beds needs a lot of TLC to put it mildly. We may all ignore poorly tended tee boxes but we cannot ignore a very wet golf course in the middle of the Summer, more so if fairways from 1st to 18th were like wet sand bunkers. Obviously this course suffers from poor drainage system. I hope they get it fixed properly. Pity, this is the only reason why I certainly would not risk returning here again. I wonder how it is like in winter times. No, I wouldn't want to find out :)
This is potentially an excellent venue
Unfortunately at the time of our visit 27/8/2010 extensive sanding of the entire course had recently taken place. This is an ongoing project aimed at improving drainage. There was so much sand on fairways and rough it made all shots seem like bunker play and completely spoiled our three day break
When this work is complete and the sand washed in I would not hesitate to recommend this course as one to play. The layout is challenging but fair and has very little 'elephant grass' in which to lose balls.
All I would say is check the course condition before booking to stay or play here
The starter was very helpful and went through the course before we teed off (very handy as we not played there before)Was informned there was not much growth on the fairway which was an understatement to say the least.
With the amount of sand they had put down i thought they must of had a deal with the local builders merchant, this lead to no bounce and hardly any roll, nearly every ball plugged. If you keep the ball in the air then no problem. Will be a nice course if they sort the fairways out. Teed off at 2pm and went round at a nice pace hardly any hold ups and a nice gap behind us.
Had a weekend deal bed breakfast dinner and 2 rouns of golf for 2 for £150 on this basis it was a good deal however we would not of been happy to pay the full £60 green fee with the course in the currant condition.
Played this course on 19/08/09 on a 2fore1 voucher which worked out at £20 each, cheaper than some muni's charge per round.
Firstly the staff members we came across were friendly and welcoming, his included the guys in the pro shop, the starter and the lady in the halfway hut just after the 10th.
The course is fantastic to play with very few non-descript holes. Alot of holes require placement rather than power off the tee, particular the par 3 7th only 146 yards but over a lake and a stream and the 9th a par 4 of 369 yards that has a lake after around 220 yards.
Also the course was busy but the course has 9 minutes between each group so you dont feel rushed. Although a few bottlenecks occured at occasions.
Ovarall a great days golf and will play again.
the course is superb and run very well with a starter on the first tee.hotel/bar etc are excellent and you can see why top football teams stay there.pro was very helpful.greens in good conditon.
Played 01/07/09 on a gloriously hot day.
The course was in really good nick. Tee beds and fairways well kept, greens running quick and true and unbelievably receptive.
Couple of driveable par 4s make for really good risk reward holes. Have to say, with one exception, I thought the par 3s were a bit weak. Personally thought the 8th was the best hole, a proper dogleg right with water to carry all the way for the second shot.
No monster long par 5s, I imagine the bigger hitters would reach most of them in 2, but some well positioned bunkers make them far from straight forward.
The rough is set up to penalise you if you miss fairways, and if you're wild off the tee expect to lose some balls!
My only criticism was the inconsisteny of the bunkers - some had quite a bit of sand in them, others barely any, making playing out of them with any real confidence difficult.
Off course it's a well run, smart ship - just what you expect from a Marriot country club.
Well worth the trip.
We played Worsley Park on the 7th and 8th of September, the weekend after it was closed due to severe rain. As ypu would expect the course was very spongey and soggy all over.
Preffered lies were in play on every part of the course fairways, rough and even the bunkers were out of action.
Although in saying this, we did expect a course of this standard to have better drainage, we all agreed that we would like to re visit this course again in better conditions.
In credit to the course the greens were in immaculate condition, they were ready for a cut but only just!!
The stopover we did was the Sunday option through 'Golfbreaks' and it was top drawer, included in the package was the evening meal. An allowance of £28 was allocated for the meal, which was sufficient, but we made the mistake of ordering extra side dishes. 2 X bowls of chips (6 chips in each bowl) £2.95 per bowl and 2 X bowls of 'green veg' 2 sticks of asparagus, 3 sprigs of green beans and 2 petit pois.
at £2.95 per bowl. BE WARNED!!
Apart from this we had a great time.
Just come back from a golf break at worsley park golf course with 18 freinds. This course was very hard to play it was so wet all bunkers was under water so a local rule that all bunkers was GUR the fairways was wet the rough was very wet but the green were ok. I would have loved to play this course in its best condition but cant help the weather. Best holes 4th hole par 5 you need to drive the ball long to even try to go for the green in 2 but weather conditions made it a 3 shot hole well bunkered. Hole7 par3 not very long off the yellow tee but its all carrie over water with a big slopping green whould have liked to play this hole from the white tee. Hole8 best hole on the course dog leg right you need to hit the ball 220 yards off the tee to hit a low iron in to the green over water best looking hole on the course. Overall i very hard golf course to play whould highly recemend this course to all.
I played Worsley Park with my friend Roy. We are both members of the Hollins Hall Marriot, and are trying to play the other ones, as they are included in our membership. This is the first other Marriot that we have played.
I'd read the reviews of terrible drainage, and sodden fairways. Sadly i have to agree that they were true. I must have lost around 8 balls (brand new and shiny ones too, mostly just off the fairway where the semi rough is a lottery to find your ball. But even one or too which i knew were somewhere on the fairway, just due to plugging!)
On the plus side tho the setting is pleasant, and the greens are very well manicured. Infact putting was a pleasure, if not overly testing due to lack of lateral movement. Certainly a thinking mans course, with some accurate iron shots needed over water. On hole in particular (par 3 over lake) stands out. Particularly as i birdied it with a 25 foot put!!!). As always the Marriot facilities are second to none, and the staff were very helpfull.
I think this course would really be a treat in the summer. But in Spring is a real frustratio due to the drainage. Would come back on a dryer day tho, and worth a try if your in the area.
Dr Shahab Hussain.
Played recently following a "dry spell" but the course was in very poor condition. Drainage not good and far too many muddy areas.
Came off course looking as though I had been through a farmers field.
Nice layout etc etc but what on earth it would be like after even a small amount of rain i dread to think.
Will look for an alternative next time I am in the area.
I played 15/11/2007 and recommend you play this course in summer only. Very boggy even though there was no rain. If some drives are hit off fairways there is a very good chance you will not find it due to plugging.
The course itself is a well lay ed out course accommodating all the clubs in your bag.
The corporate players however are a real pain. No etiquette, slow play marking cards on the green, not replacing divots or repairing pitch marks ( would they do this at their own clubs ? )
If you want nice pub food, try Worsley Village there are 3 lovely pubs and a nice Italian restaurant
Interesting that Challenge tour events are held here because I don't think it's the best course in the area, it's an OK test of golf and provided the conditions are good, you can score well if you avoid the rough.
Like a lot of corporate courses, it gets overplayed and is often busy. The result is divots on fairways and pitchmarks on greens. The teeing grounds were actually quite good to be fair.
Where Worsley Park scores points is on its hotel and leisure facilities, which are excellent, if a little expensive. The food is variable though, so I would recommend the pub on the opposite side of the rear car park. Whilst it is on the complex, it is obviously run by another company, as they don't seem to mention it to you in the hotel or pro shop. I don't like doing this but if it saves golfers money on their after-match pint & chips then so be it - it's about half the price!
I've played this course a couple of times now, in September 2005 and last Sunday. On both occasions our party took advantage of special offers, either 2 fore 1 or, recently, their own Winter Warmer - £32 including bacon barms before and a main course after. At this price it represents very good value. The course itself was much wetter than I expected which would confirm the view expressed here that it's a better summer venue than it is in spring or winter. There are some good holes and overall it's a decent test. Worth playing if you can get a deal.
I played the Worsley Park Golf Course twice in late 2005 (October) and also twice in November 2006.
My impressions of the course overall were quite good. It was quite cold and wet and yet both the summer greens and tees were open. Drainage is being improved but not bad on the whole for the Manchester area.
The Greens have plenty of character and provide a challenge to even good putters with a reasonable helping of slopes and level changes.
Holes 3, 8 and 13 represent the hardest holes (2 par 4's and a par 5 respectively). Hole 7 is the Signature hole over a small lake to a green guarded by a brook.
There is a practice green, a pitching area (at the back of hole 10 near the halfway house) and a driving area to the right of the 3rd tee.
As this course belongs to a primary chain hotel, there are also good country club facilities for residents such as a Swimming pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Gym and Jacuzzi and their is also a spike bar in the front of the reception opposite the golf club shop.
There is more information on the hotel website or if you do a search on Worsley Park Fairways on Google like I did, you can get a better account of each hole for a little research prior to turning up at the golf course.
When driving in, make sure you continue along the hotel road down the hill to the second car park as the first on the right is for residents as I found out after walking further with my golf clubs than required. You will go past a small security hut on the left opposite the golf club car park on the right.
Hope this review helps.
The course was opened in 1999 and although some of the trees are not fully mature, the difficulty of the course is found on the greens which are built on a sand base and usually in good condition.
The course is reasonably open for the most part and suits the higher handicapper. Exceptions to this are the third and eighth holes which involve driving beyond a corridor of mature trees. The eighth requires a second shot over water. It is no accident that these 2 holes are stroke index one and two.
The course is not too hilly and so those who do not want too strenuous a walk will find the course easy going for the most part. I found more information on their website for assesing the playing strategies and course layout etc.
I played this course in a compition with the English Golf Union.The course was in excellent condition with the fairways nice to hit off with control and the greens very receptive.We played in the rain and drainage was not a problem and with the ever present swirling wind club selection was tricky adding to the enjoyment. Not a course where you just take your driver out of the bag.Placement is required rather than length.As i played with the E.G.U it was great value for money.
have been a member here and packed it in because it was unplayable in the winter. The drainage is a joke and balls plugged regularly on the fairways when wet.
In the summer it is one of the best tracks in lancashire, but, full of corp events featuring persons who have no business on a golf course, which can result in 5 hour rounds at the wrong time. It would appear many non members have an inability to repair pitch marks.Play at the right time and a good days golf can be had on a course which from the whites is a tough test. The yellows make it a relativley comfortable "play to handicap" course.
ITS A SHAME REALLY IT COULD BE A VERY NICE COURSE, BUT THE DRAINAGE IS A DISGRACE!! HOW IT CAN HOLD A CHALLENGE TOUR EVENT THERE I DO NOT KNOW! SOME NOTHING HOLES AS WELL LIKE 11,12 AND 17. USUALLY IN GOOD NICK THOUGH THROUGH THE SUMMER. DONT BOTHER THOUGH IN THE WINTER MONTHS!
A good alround test of golf with challanging holes
All the staff were friendly and made you feel welcome.
With plenty of undulating greens they were exciting and a pleasure to putt on.
A great day golfing, we will be back.
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