Northop Country Park Golf Club
Northop Country Park Golf Club, Chester, North Wales, Wales, CH7 6WA
17 reviews of Northop Country Park Golf Club
Having left a review in 2011 when it was under a different ownership and the whole facility was totally neglected by this owner, I am pleased to say it has had dramatic turn round in the quality of Golf available to all members & visitors.
With a considerable input of money by a member & a lot of hard work by members of the club to get it to what is one of the the best courses in north wales.
After a number of years of being owned and run by a person who had no interest in golf and ended up going into liquidation, which ended with the members now running the course .
Without the generosity of one member who paid for a new club house there would not be a
Golf club . With lots of members all helping with various tasks . The course is now back to
Superb condition , the greens are excellent due to dedicated work by the green staff, and everybody else involved , it's now a pleasure to be a member . So why not come and see for
Yourself. B Edwards.
The club and course appear to be in something of a decline. Our visit in April 2012 was enjoyable, but hardly memorable.
The practice facilities are good - driving range is open again - but the pro-shop was woefully understocked and they didn't have course guides...which is a definite problem for first time visitors as some of the walks between tees are bizarre (thru a housing estate!) and even working out where the green is from the tee can be an issue.
Having said that the course is quite a strategic challenge, with many of the par4s calling for placement with an iron off the tee.
The greens were fast but very patchy and inconsistent.
Overall the course has an american feel with quite a bit of water, some huge bunkers and massive greens with severe slopes.
Food in the clubhouse was ok, however the visitors changing facilities appear to have been scaled back considerably which was a shame - 30 fellas, 3 showers!
The price was fair, but in summary it is a good site which seems to have been limited by falling funding and enforced course changes.
having been am member for 17years the course original layout was fantastic.
-over the years with changes of ownership and disputes with local houses have seen this course become tired & in need of a complete re-vamp.
-driving range has been closed for some time now
-membership is now very low & a lot of good members have left.
-no golf professional on site therefore no teaching for members especially juniors.
-there was a promise in 2007 of a junior golf acadamy but now with only a handful of junior members left this is unlikely to happen.
Played on a warm Tues evening.
Some good and bad here (but more good than bad). Firstly, the plus points...
- Great to have a pracice area close to clubhouse and first tee. Even better that you can hit balls off grass as well as the astro.
- Really warm welcome: pro, barman and members all very friendly
- Very interesting lay-out: plenty of holes where you can give it a good old whack but also several dog-legs or holes with water where you need to play for position with a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood.
- tees and fairways in good condition
- Proper graduated rough: first cut nice to play out of. Second cut just right i.e. you can find your ball and hit it but forced to take some punishment i.e. lay up with lofted club. This is a niggle of mine at other clubs.
- Clubhouse was great: decently-priced beer and food. A great steak pie. Appreciated the relaxed dress policy (shorts and sandals ok).
And a couple of downsides...
- greens were in poor condition when we played: very bobbly and slow
- some lack of care / maintenance elsewhere e.g. bunkers.
... I think that this was a course built in the old, optimistic days intending to be part of a top-draw country club operation. Worse economic times, particularily for golf, has left it a little frayed at the edges.
Overall though, I'd definitely recommend, provided you get a reasonable deal e.g £15.
I played on 28th May for £15. This was advertised as available only after 3pm but when I turned up 30 minutes earlier I was allowed to play immediately -refreshing to see the application of common sense!
I have put on this website cards from the white & yellow tees to reflect the current layout as information on the club's website is wrong. Apparently residents of some houses adjoining the course have caused a rethink. The card does not have a map so make sure you ask exactly how to get from the first green to the second tee on foot as the route for buggies involves a 400 yard detour.
The course was in reasonable condition for the time of year but the holes were in general not particularly interesting even from the whites (no restrictions on choice of tees - another plus point) andt I am struggling to classify any hole as memorable. I also felt the official yardage was overestimated. The 2nd nine is definitely the more challenging with 16 & 18 potential card wreckers.
Almost any course is worth a try for £15 but I do not see myself playing there again. I would suspect it becomes very boggy at times.
Played the course in late May 2009. Myself and my friend were sadly disappointed, primarily due to the quality of the greens and tees. The front 9 is very well designed with mature trees surrounding a number of holes however the back 9 lacks character and doesn't punish wayward shots as it should. The members were very friendly and welcoming and were a real pleasure to meet. With some attention given to the tees and patchy greens and some improvements to other smaller elements of the course like tidying up the walkways it holds some potential.
Course excellent condition played on a sunday in may with a society of (24),food fantanic, ALL STAFF pleasant and bent over backward for us.
overall i found this course a disappointment. we had played 2 other courses on previous days and northop didn't compare favourably.
the greens were very poor. i don't know what they were trying to do with them, but they had tram lines that were capable of taking your ball offline at slower paces. if your putt had to cross the tram lines it was nigh on impossible to putt accurately.
the fairways were also poor in parts. the soil is a heavy clay and the grass hasn't taken properly everywhere.
there was evidence of extensive work.
i played the course about 5 years ago and struggled with it then (it was very wet and my game couldn't cope with the clay base). i was looking forward to seeing how it had developed. i played to 4 under my handicap, despite the greens. so i know my opinion isn't based on a poor round.
given the other courses in the area it will be a long time before i return to northop.
Very good condition, course having alot of work done but didn't hamper the course at all.
drinks are very reasonabley priced from when we went to cockney land!!!! course was well maintained and greens were excellent. bad reviews from southeners but wicked course
Played the course in september '03 the weather was great which always helps and from what i could gather the bar shop etc were very well stocked. the course was lovely very tough off the white tees but enjoyable non the less. the greens were tough although i found geting to them in regulation fairly easy (i was playing off 24 at the time and am by no means a big hitter!) Am playing it again at the weekend on a stag doo so i think i'll have to review the course on the first days play. will update if anything has changed.
The course was in very bad conditioned when i played in November. The 4th hole seemed very short compared to the yardage that was given. There is a very big difference between the back 9 and the front 9. Overall the greens were very demanding. Hitting greens in regulation and coming away with bogeys is disappointing especiaaly when you are putting well.
Id looked forward to playing the course which has a fine reputation, however although I enjoyed the day I was somewhat dissapointed, the course does not match its reputation.There was a fair bit of work ongoing and the course overall looked a little shoddy.There are better course for less money in the area!
Played this course on Christmas Eve. The weather had been bad, but frankly i was expecting much more. The fairways were in very poor condition, the greens were okay, overall the place looked very shoddy. I agree that the food & drink is expensive.
A great golf course, much harder off the white tees. Course gets very wet in the winter as fairway drainage is very poor!
The clubhouse facilities are very poor and food is expensive. Restraunt is now closed, only open for societies. Golf shop is also poorly stocked with no drinks available the day I played.
Great golfcourse, very fair to players of all abilities.
Play on USGA greens all year round and no Winter tees!
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