Owston Hall Golf

Owston Hall Golf, Doncaster, England, DN6 9JF

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22 reviews of Owston Hall Golf

I played here with a group of friends in June 2013. This course is a good challenge for a society with golfers of varying handicaps as the course does offer an opportunity for better players to have a go and for those with high handicaps to get around the course without too much difficulty.

The venue does let itself down in a number of ways:

No tee block information about the hole you are about to play (distance, image of the hole S.I. etc)
No rakes in any bunkers. You are invited to go to the pro shop and collect a rake to carry around the course and use as you go along
Poor or non-existent direction to the next hole in some cases

The biggest let down are the greens. Very hard, full of hollow tine holes, uneven and of varying pace. I know maintenance has to be done but some of the holes were so large you could easily fit a pencil into them.

Playing to a green involved pitching short and hoping that you get a good bounce on the fringe and the ball makes its way to and stops on the putting surface as hitting your ball straight onto the green resulted in it disappearing over the back edge.

You will not have a problem with un-repaired pitch marks here as it was virtually impossible to make one.

One to avoid.

Posted by Mark on 17/06/2013
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Played the course on Sat and Sun 12/13 June and I was really impressed with the quality of the fairways. The greens also looked disease free and had good grass on them, and although a bit bobbly they ran true without being slow and had to be read to catch the borrows on them
When we played the course was set up reasonably easily, the rough wasn't too bad if you missed the fairway and the second cut still allowed a decent hit at the ball. The holes do have a samey feel about some of them and seem to have enough get-outs for those with something more than a gentle fade.
Good points were the fairways and the greens.
The not so good points were the slight lack of character and the condition of the bunkers, just a bit stoney.
Overall a good course that we all enjoyed, but it is a long walk.

Posted by Alan Mackenzie on 14/06/2010
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In pretty good condition, particularly for 1st Oct and green fee as a hotel guest was only £10, so hard to complain - but course was, honestly, really featureless and very very dull. Sitting in the bar afterwards, was hard to pick out a signature hole - bit of water towards the end but, on the hole, pretty forgettable unless you gat a really good deal. Kids nicked flags on 2 holes while we were playing - missed them with a long range 3 iron, unfortunately.

Posted by Chris Douglas on 01/10/2009
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have played this course many times and must say its excellent value for money play between 12.00 - 13.00 - £20.00 for a 2ball including buggy any monday to friday for a quality course, come on this is free golf! Some great holes very interesting with some very tricky greens, all in all excellent compared to some other venues.

Posted by Nick Bailey on 28/09/2009
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Played the Owston Hall course (formerly the Robin Hood) this Saturday and Sunday.
The course was on temporary tees and greens on the Saturday and on temporary tees on Sunday so was not at its best but in fair enough condition for the time of year. The pro shop is small and to be honest the pro was not exceptionally friendly. He spent 15 minutes on the telephone whilst we waited without acknowledging us.
On the course things were as you would expect. Not a long course or one with many features but fine for what you pay for. There are a number of same ish par fours with the most interesting part coming at the corner of 13, 14 and 15 where there are some water protected greens and just a bit more to think about.
The signing on the course was not great and we accidentally managed to tee off on the 12th from the 9th (the sign saying it was the 12th was miles away from the temporary tee) as we did not know to walk up a track to find the 10th. Fortunately a nice lady pointed out our error before we had gone too far wrong and even later returned my ball so top marks for the friendly locals!
The food and facilities in the evening were good despite our first course taking 45 minutes to turn up even though we had pre-ordered when we arrived. The staff were very nice and the service otherwise (such as bringing an iron to our room) was excellent. We didn't manage to venture to the pool etc. Bar prices were good and lunch (a triple decker beef sandwich) was very good indeed.
All in all well worth it for a £100.

Posted by M Smith on 17/02/2009
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1st of all i would like to point out that this course is no longer known as 'Robin Hood Golf Course' and is now 'Owston Hall Golf Club'. Ive just made myself a member this year and love the course everytime i play it. The Course can be forgiving on most holes as the fairways are wide and on some there can be other fairways running paralell. The course has some great Par 5`s with Tricky Greens which is where the low Stroke Indexes come into play. 4 Holes (10th,13th,14th & 18th) feature water hazzards near the greens. The Course is always in great condition and features some of the best fairways in the UK.

Posted by Paul Brown on 17/09/2007
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i play this course regular and every time it just gets better. the greens are always upto high standards and the fairways like carpets. BUT why the 4th is'nt stroke index 1 baffles me. tree lined fairway, two trees in the middle of the fairway and roughage to the left side of the green, which is rightly the way to approach the green. the st/index 1 is just a sloggers hole, straight, no obsticles, and being a 20 handicapper have parred it the last three times, speaks for itself. but dont take my word for it try the course yourself you'll have a great day out on probably doncasters finest.

Posted by kevin hancock on 14/08/2007
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Just got back from a golf break at Owston Hall. Despite the torrential rain on the Sunday the course was still open and very playable.
The course is suitable for all levels with a good mixture of holes. We had a mixed ability group who all enjoyed the course. The shortest Par 3 is 155 off the yellows, and there are three of the four Par 5's are a good test for the average golfer.
The professional was accommodating allowing us to tee of earlier than our booked times on both Sunday and Monday
The hotel itself is very nice, and will soon include a swimming pool as part of its facilities. Food was good and it was a nice surpise to find the bar prices very reasonable.
Would be happy to return.

Posted by Tony Bentley on 17/07/2007
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Excellent course with first class facilities. Amazing holes that will test the best golfers, in the warmer months definatelly a course not to be missed. In winter not much different January 2007 and stil on propper greens!!
First class staff on and off the course. Tee off times kept on time, fairways cut all year round, fast and generous sized greens, bit of trouble waiting for you for that bad shot, watter and well place bunkers........well if you havent played it yet.......you have too.

Posted by Francisco Pons on 02/02/2007
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Just played Robin Hood for the first time today and have to say how impressed we were. Cross-cut fairways looked great and were in excellent condition and the greens were fast, true & well presented. Certainly the best and most well-tended course in the Doncaster area with superb scenery & mature trees.
However, please note that the midweek green fee is now £20 rather than the £12 stated on this website (I got a nasty shock when I paid in the pro shop); I don't know what the weekend green fee has now been increased to.
Very long course off the white tees, with all four of the par 3s being in the region of 200 yards. A couple of neverending par 5s as well, with infuriatingly placed mature trees in the middle of fairways. If you aren't a big hitter then you may struggle to put a decent score together here.
All in all a good day out, but £20 was just a tad too expensive for my liking (I know, another tight Yorkshireman). Would be a great value day out with a '2-4-1' voucher, which they do accept. However, I can understand the increase in price if it is to encourage a more upmarket golfing clientele, as a couple of nearby courses are plagued by golfers who lack manners, shout a great deal and have no golfing etiquette whatsoever. If this is the case, the course seem to have achieved their goal.
I did find it funny that myself and my colleague were the only two people on the course who were walking; the regular members were all buggy-drivers who played far too fast and this did detract from the day slightly. Golfers who drive around in buggies miss the whole point of golf: gentle exercise, admiring the scenery between shots, chatting to your mate and, most of all, enjoying being out of the office!!!
These people who tried to drive around the course in under 90 minutes today spoiled what would otherwise have been a perfect round of golf.

Posted by Paul Young on 25/07/2005
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THE COURSE IMPROVES EVERY TIME I PLAY WITH THE FAIRWAYS BEING NARROWED AND ALL THE PLATATIONS 'IN PLAY' THIS COURSE AS I PREDICTED 6 YEARS AGO IS NOW A TOUGH TEST OF GOLF. PLAY IT OFF THE WHITE TEES ON COMPETITION DAY AND SEE HOW YOU DO WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP LENGTH COURSE. GLENN B

Posted by GLENN BINNS on 16/05/2005
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What a great value course. Good test of golf with some very long holes.
Easy walking because it is very flat. The greens were in great shape for the time of year.
Will certainly return as this was the scene for my first ever hole in 1 at the par 3 third

Posted by Tony Mcnally on 09/01/2005
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Just Started playing golf again, and gave this course a go, I must say i was impressed, The course is long even off the yellow tees, and tests your Driving Skills With fairly tight Fairways, the rough is Short however, which makes it very playable even if your drives do go astray..The greens are well Kept .. They do a Twilight deal which gets you a round of golf including a Buggy for 2 for £10 each, hows that for a bargain! Will definately play this course again!

Posted by P Brown on 23/07/2004
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this course is not very challenging on the whole, due to the amount of relief away from staked trees, witch is not punishable because you get a free drop away from them thus giving a false score. this relief is on just about every hole.

Posted by Stewart Barton on 19/09/2003
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Challenging course that will mature very quickly.The new water feature will make the 14th hole a good test from the white tees. Let down by the position of water features on the fair ways,and a poor bunker on the 13th fairway. All in all good especially with 2 for 1 ticket...not tried club house yet

Posted by kenneth cartwright on 11/06/2003
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I think this is a very good course and will get better as it matures. I played in a four ball using '2-fore-1golf' vouchers, paying only £11 each on a Sunday morning, a bargain. I'll certainly be playing there again. The fairways are cut tight and the greens excellent. Some really challenging holes, even off the yellows.

Posted by Ian Dunston on 27/04/2003
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The course is a long and at times a trying test of stamina. The development of water hazards on the 10th and now 14th makes for some interesting club choices - all-in-all it is a nice course to play, not too difficult, although keeping the ball on the fairway is beneficial if not essential. Well worth playing with the friendly clubhouse a bonus.

Posted by I. Raven on 26/02/2003
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This course has come along way since it was first built. It is now a very good course, both challenging and testing. Well worth the money. Also, the reception in the clubhouse for Societies is very good with nice food.

Posted by A Wilson on 09/10/2002
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This is a well maintained course? long green fairways and beautiful greens.well worth the money.

Posted by Paul Fisher on 17/07/2002
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Very dull course with its length being its only defence.Fairways poorly defined, found myself playing on to what i thought was fairway only to discover my ball in the rough. Greens were well maintained. Take a trolley as the course is very flat and easy on the legs.

Posted by R.Mercer on 25/08/2000
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Very dull course with its length being its only defence.Fairways poorly defined, found myself playing on to what i thought was fairway only to discover my ball in the rough. Greens were well maintained. Take a trolley as the4 course is very flat and easy on the legs.

Posted by R.Mercer on 25/08/2000
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Impressive Clubhouse, shame about the shocking golf course. This, even at £12 a round, is a waste of money. One hole had the flag and normal sized hole in the middle of the fairway, the grass not even shortened around the hole. If you are reading this in the year 2030, it may be worth a visit as the trees would have grown to might it slightly better.

Posted by Jason Bridge, Sheffield on 25/04/2000
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