8 reviews of Newbury Golf Centre
Since my previous visit, a lot has changed. The course is under management of nearby Newbury and Crookham. The course used to be a full 18 hole with thirst twelve holes within the racecourse and the final six outside. This has now changed due to what appears to extensive redevelopment of the surrounding area. The course is now 9 holes so played two loops. Good course to organise your yardage per club as course is fairly flat. Not expensive. Only criticism: no signage indicating where golf reception is, which is inside health and fitness club, as old clubhouse/driving range is not in use (we ended up at the start of the mile racecourse in the car)
All race course golf courses are going to be flat due to the nature of the location. Aside from this the course is in very good condition, Greens are very well kept and run evenly.
Very good driving range and practice area.
A very flat reasonably well maintained parkland course that is in and around Newbury racecourse.
The course is very open and has a links like feel. It is quite difficult to spot the greens, particulary as they use black and yellow chequered flags that blend in so well with the background they become almost invisible. Fortunately we followed a 4 ball who seemed to know their way around.
There are the a few hazards such as ditches, bunkers and ponds, but the main challenge is all about distance judgement, especially as its openness brings any wind well into the equation. There is also the problem of ensuring you don't stray OBB onto the racecourse.
The 6 holes outside the racecourse are a bit less open, with the railway line looking a touch close on 15th.
A pleasant enough round of golf that turned out a lot better than we expected, but ultimately a touch boring so would only return if nothing better on offer.
Newbury Racecourse is a very open course, the first 12 holes being actually within the race track itself. Although the fairways were a bit bare in places, the greens and bunkers were in good condition. It is a fairly featureless course, with adjoining fairways often providing welcome relief for wayward drives !
It is a relatively long course, but there isn't too much to fear. Water comes into play on a few holes and even a basic hole guide on the scorecard would be welcome !
I didn't use any of the other facilities, but there is a driving range, putting green and practise bunker with chipping green.
With a 2-fore-1 voucher, it comes out at £12-50 plus £1 compulsory insurance for a Sunday round (and we got round in bang on 4 hours) so it is competitively-priced. I would play again but not necessarily in a hurry.
I have now played the course consistantly for several months now and the club have sorted out any previous issues i may of had with the course. The course is now very enjoyable to play and i have no major gripes. Also the course is gaining in popularity. On a final note i would like to say that the pro shop staff are allways very willing to help and are allways polite. Well done.
i used to play this course quite a lot but hadnt been for a while. i played it last week and little has changed but i like its flatness with the odd bit of water,its a nice relaxing place to play. the greens are in good condition and although its incredibly hot at the moment even the fairways and tees were in good order. my only gripe is that the clubs own website says that it is £16.50 for 18 holes when in fact it is £19, this includes £1 compulsory insurance. i have emailed them about this but no one has bothered to reply.
Newbury Racecourse is unusual in a number of ways, least not the way you enter the course down a narrow corridor leading past the pro shop and what feels like through the clubhouse. Once inside all is forgiven as this is a good,if slightly boring course. It is well maintained, the greens are in good condition (even in frosty November)as are the tees (no sign of winter tees here yet!)
As said previously there are precious few trees or bushes although there are some interesting water hazzards and humps, bumps etc to keep you on your toes. Not an 'easy' course by any means. The one thing lacking for visitors is knowing where you are going. There is no course plan on the card and no signs on tees - very disappointing (and cost me a stroke or two) and needed cost a penny with sponsorship. This level of imformation is 'almost' expected these days.
Overall a course worth seeking out and playing but possibly not one you'd return to too often once you had tamed it.
Possibly the flatest course I have ever played, with few contours etc to trouble the golfer. The greens weren't in bad nick and themselves did have some subtle and quite tricky undulations. Not the toughest challege and don't get catch short! There are no trees (to speak of) to hide behind and you are over-looked by the huge grand stand!!
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