16 reviews of Northwood Golf Club Ltd
I've played this course many times, and whilst it's not the toughest challenge, it's well worth playing, especially if your handicap is 8 or more.
Greens are good, as are the fairways.Some nice holes, and none of them are duff.
Well worth a visit.
Enjoyed a pleasant round at Northwood yesterday. Course was in good condition, especially given the recent heavy rains that have fallen in the South East. Amazed to see that on a clement sunday afternoon there was hardly anyone around making for a most relaxing 4 hours. The challenge at the course is a fair one, nothing too strenuous, and whilst many of the par 4's are 350-360+ yards this is by no means a long course and shouldn't deter the shorter hitter. Greens were a litle inconsistent (speed wise) in parts but did run true in the main. All in all this course represents excellent value for money and one that I would definitely retrun to in the future.
Hmmmm.....having read that the greens have been re-layed I was fairly unimpressed, nothing special and it was very difficult to get my ball to hold any of them.
This is an excellent example of a club that is still living somewhat in the past, very stuffy members and not overly welcoming. It was a relief to get the first tee over so that the members could stop staring at us.
Not a bad challenge of golf but £35 a round I thought was a little steep for the type of course this is.
To anyone considering visiting Northwood, this is an up-to-date review of the course and club.
The Clubhouse: Old, tacky exterior. Situated directly on main road. Locker room and changing room in excellent condition.
The Course: Greens are in excellent condition, although slower than they look. Fairways are very wide and generous. But not enough variation across the holes. Holes 4 - 10 are SEVEN consecutive Par 4s! There are only 2 Par 5s, and 3 Par 3s.
The holes in front of the clubhouse (1,7,8,9) are very open, and not so cosy. Holes 7 and 9 even share the same green.
The holes on the back 9 are much more secluded, tucked away into rows of tree-lined fairways.
0-9: Length not a problem, look for birdies on the two Par 5s. Do no rush for your driver on the shorter Par 4s. You will see why. Expect to match your handicap on this course.
11-18: A challenging course with many dog-leg Par 4s. The key to matching your handicap will be your mid-iron approach shots on the Par 4s. Best preparation on the range before playing this course? Practise your 6-8 irons to small targets. This really will decide your round, believe me.
18+: One piece of advice? Bring lots of spare balls!
The fun part: Look out for the paper towel dispenser in the changing rooms. It functions by waving your hand in front of it. Enjoy!
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I have to say what a load of rubbish the last contribor made.
This course is still by far and away the best in the area,and even after the long hot spell we have just had it was presented in first class condition.The new greens are granted a little slow but do run true and given they are only just over a year old they are going to be first class when bedded down.
We found every single member of staff very helpfull,especially the pro who managed to squeeze us on late on a Sunday afternoon.
As for the course itself it is hard to find fault with any hole,the 5th must be one of the best holes in the South of England and even a bogey can be counted as not such a bad score.The 12th follows a fairly straight away par 5 and is demanding right up to your last putt,again a bogey is no disgrace.
The club have installed a new balcony which overlooks the 1st,18th and 10th and is just a perfect spot to unwind after you round
Northwood is an example of what not to do to a venerable, historic, course: tear up the greens and re-lay them to USGA specification. This shaping is totally out of character with this classic course. The modern bunkers are also utterly characterless, the type you'd find on some modern monstrosity. And this was the course with the famous "Death or Glory" bunker/hole.
A shame, it's a fine course spoiled.
This is a born-again course and club: new greens (a very bold move and a very worthwhile one), improved maintenance of the course, much modernisation of the clubhouse (and much modernisation of attitudes!). I greatly enjoyed playing this very fair test (even if I couldn't work out what to do at the par-3 third). . . Northwood is an example of a "traditional" club coming to terms with the technology and standards of the 21st century. I'm looking forward to my next visit.
I was lucky enough to be invited to play at Northwood recently. I had played there before about two years ago and could not believe the changes that have taken place.
It is not just the new greens. Apparently the bunkers have all been drained into the stream that runs through the course and makes life a lot easier than standing in water!
The club house has been improved with new changing rooms and there is a general feel of friendliness around the place.
I am a high handicapper but would imagine that this course would be more than a challenge to those in single figures.
It was interesting that the course remained opened in the rain the week before last when another well known course in the area had to close because of flooding.
I will be back.
What a delight to play Northwood where the course was in fine condition despite all the recent rainfall. The new USGA greens are obviously a real benefit although a little slow at the moment - no doubt they will speed up next spring/summer? I loved the 3rd, 5th and especially the 16th hole - a very tough par 4 and surely worth more more than its stroke Index 4 rating!
The locker rooms have been refurbished since I last played there and the bar atmosphere was friendly too. Northwood is on the up, without a doubt.
Northwood is a course I have been lucky enough to play on a number of occasions and at different times of the year. It is an excellent lay-out, full of variety and challenge. My only complaint would have been that the greens could get muddy.
When I played it a few weeks ago, I thought the relaid greens looked like money well spent. True they were a bit new (and somewhat slow because of it) but well on their way to being excellent. I guess they were being careful with the cutters at that stage.
I am looking forward to my next visit.
What was particularly intersting was to hear a member I know eulogising only this week that, unlike past years, they were heading into winter feeling confident the course would be open throughout and proper greens would be in play.
Played yearly as part of a society I find this course a real challenge.
Set up for a thinker's game of golf and not just a head down and hit long game.
A fantastic woodland setting equally as good as some other premier courses I have played in the Southeast.
I found the course in fantastic condition with the recently re-laid greens playing much better this year than last. Not yet perfect but improving all the time.
A very challenging course with some fantastic holes, let down by terrible greens and a very unfriendly attitude.
Northwood has got some truly outstanding holes - the par 3 3rd is played from an elevated tee to a green ringed by bunkers, the 5th is a 460 yd dogleg par 4 that is straight out of Wentworth, and the 7th another dogleg where the fairway drops down to a huge double green. The back 9 is less spectacular, although a stream meanders alongside several holes, very much in play.
However, the course is spoilt by awful greens. These were relaid last year, and are worse than anything you would find on a municipal layout.
The other issue with Northwood is the unfriendly attitude that exists towards visitors. Members try hard to make you feel unwelcome, likewise in the pro shop (although he was happy to take our money).
My advice would be to give this course a miss for the next couple of years til the new greens have bedded in. If you do decide to play it, use 2for1 vouchers, but make sure you agree on times / greenfee up front or the pro will try to scam you.
This great course is a must play,every hole is good or better than good,the hard edges it used to have are now softened and a much more friendly attitude exists.
The greens will all be eplaced soon so check or play it soon,maybe best after a dry spell.Both office and an excellent pro make this place tick,catering rules a little strange,all in all good value,great course,make the time,also do 2 4 1
A truly outstanding golf course set in a beautiful woodland landscape. With emphasis put on both length and accurracy into some of the toughest and fastest greens in the country, this is a must play golf course.
If youre hemmed into London dreaming of golf, then Northwood is a well-established beauty inside the M25 thats definitely worth checking out.
The course fringes the wood itself so you really feel like youre getting away from it all, even though youre only a stones throw from the north west London suburbs.
Pick of the holes on the front nine are the short par 3rd, where you shoot from an elevated tee to a green that is completely fronted by bunkers, the SI 1 5th which demands two really good hits and is almost straight out of Wentworth, and the par 4 6th where the second shot to an elevated green protected by a valley at the front is really exciting.
The back nine puts less of a premium on length and more on accuracy and is equally enjoyable as the front nine.
Big hitters will bemoan the absence of more than one genuine par 5 while the course does struggle a bit to retain its condition in the winter months.
All in all, though, a quality round of golf.
Price shown of £7.00 on the 19th / 03 / 01 would be Heaven come to earth.
For £18 before March 28th 2001, still represents fantastic value.
Lovely - Lovely course, but if you over fade your shots like me, can become tricky.
Due to play there with the Greek Society in April.
Can NOT wait !!!!!
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