8 reviews of Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club
Played here February ,2013 ( £19.75 including food ) .
Under the radar & unheralded links that's very enjoyable & good fun .
The course doesn't reveal much when you arrive & see it & i was a bit unsure of what we were going to get here but this was the surprise of the trip .
The course plays out & back along the narrow shoreline ( primarily the front 9 on the inside & the back 9 along the beachside ) & there are inland mountain views (on a nice day !) .The course is flat & there is a good balance of holes with some par 4's that don't leave much in with the prevailing wind & a couple of good short par 3's & overall there weren't any holes that i didn't enjoy playing.
Handy hole plans on the card & tees.
I would look forward to playing here again & would enjoy playing it on a regular basis as a member.
Great value on the Winter Warmer deal ,as above (including bacon roll /coffee + a meal).
I played Minehead last week on a £17.50 twilight ticket and can honestly say that it is in the best condition of any course Ive played this year. The tee boxes and fairways were well grassed and firm, the greens deceptively quick but consistent and true, all of them holding a good approach shot. Im not a regular links player but am now a total convert it really is great to play every club in the bag and have to think your way round. Maybe I just had a good day but it appeared to me that, if you put the ball in the right place off the tee, it was a quite straightforward course. Having said that, hit a poor drive and you need to take your medicine. The greens are well protected by wicked bunkering but land the ball pin-high or beyond and you should be safe enough. The gusty breeze and rain showers added another dimension to this great track. The only problem I encountered was that its a bit confusing trying to figure out your best line off the tee as a first-time visitor and the course has a few criss-cross areas necessitating local rules granting priority to groups teeing off towards or ahead of the approaching group. I recommend being guided by a member your first time out. However, dont pick the member who came towards us gesticulating for us to give way so he could play his approach over our heads. We quickly did but, as his shot sailed high, wide and short into the headwind, we realised hed driven onto our fairway and shouldnt have been quite so surly. Happily, his open brolly was gathered up by a seaside squall and prompted a comical chase that Benny Hill and Paul Gascoigne would have been proud of. As he made the long walk back to his abandoned bag, his transformation from anger to humility was complete that really made my day. I didnt use the facilities but the staff were friendly enough so Ive rated it accordingly. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone in the local area.
Anyone looking for an introduction to links golf should try here. Played 36 holes comfortably in a day and experienced calm and overcast conditions turning into bright and very breezy in the afternoon. Course is very traditional out and back with a few switches in direction. The course goes out on the inland side and features one very "inland feel" hole in the 4th a longish/short hole. this means the inward half patallel the shore pretty much all the way back to the clubhouse. The course is very gently undulating and has no daunting carries from the tees. The shore boundary is a shingle ridge which in places has snall sand dunes, but this is not a dune-ridden course. The greens were superb in my humble view and putts stayed on line and were quick. The highlight holes for me were the 5th, a dog-leg par-5 and then the 11th and 12th where the tees overlook the beach and the Bristol Channel. The last three holes are hard by the sand dune ridge that forms the shore barrier and out of bounds. The home hole is a long par-3, not my cup of tea, with a large green fronted by Minehead's own "Valley of Sin" and hemmed in by dune son the right and the clubhouse on the left.
For someone who has returned to the game in the past two years and rates seaside golf as the best form of the game this is a great way to induct yourself to the links game. Often tight turf, natural features rather than tricks as hazards and lots of options when playing shots in from less than 100 yards. The greens were a treat and worth a visit just to enjoy them.
I played this course over the Christmas break (Dec 05) and I was pleasantly surprised. The staff were very accomodating and even offered a deal since we were visitors. The players waiting to tea off were very friendly and really made us feel welcome.
The course was very pleasing. Even though the first 4 holes were not that challenging. The rest of the course lived up to the comments already mentioned. The back nine in particular along the seafront were superb.
The course played beautifully, with good greens, nice fairways, and good tea boxes. The wind added another equation and really made shot making a must.
Cant wait to go back and play again..
We've played Minehead 3 years running now, on the second weekend in September, and have experienced completely different conditions (sun, rain, wind) etc. In all cases the course was in excellent condition (fast greens as you'd expect). It's well worth playing, although the weekend rate is now £35 which is a bit steep. I reckon it's best playing during the week, when it's cheaper and less busy (as the course is quite tightly packed into the space available, and a few holes criss-cross each other, there is some potential for danger).
Fantastic course, played it in April and the condition was as you'd expect in mid-summer. Interesting holes throughout, including a nerve-racking 18th tee-off onto a par 3 green which lies about 10 yards from the 19th!
Heartly recomend this course to anyone, but be prepared for wind!
Good old fashioned links course. Fantastic greens, great fairways, interesting layout and very challenging when the wind picks up. Thoroughly recommmended, although try to avoid the captain's jokes in the bar afterwards!
i think this course is very good with excelent greens but the rough is a bit to long!!!!!!!!
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