Pedham Place Golf Centre
Pedham Place Golf Centre, Swanley, South East, England, BR8 8PP
43 reviews of Pedham Place Golf Centre
My wife and I played this course for the first time on 13th Oct 2015. We're in our first year as golfers and this was my wife's first full 18 hole round. At £15 each on a Tuesday we felt it was a bargain worth looking into. The weather didn't help us, as it was very cold and very windy. Although we enjoyed our round, we did struggle with the fact that for many of the holes you can't see the greens, we spent a lot of time walking up the steep banks of the fairways to get sight of the greens, and acting as ball spotters for each other due to having to play many shots blindly. We hit some shots that looked and felt good, only to spend ages looking for our balls in the semi rough. We lost about 5 balls each because we lost sight of them playing blindly. There are about 5 dog legs which we found challenging. The greens were also much faster than we are used too. The course is very open and, as we were advised by the staff, "always windy". The clubhouse was small but smart and OK. The staff were a bit offish at first, but we had a good chat after our round, over a much needed mug of hot tea, and they were very nice, and fun to talk to. All in all we enjoyed our day, but we'll stick to Birchwood Park and Barhurst for a while until we have improved enough to take on the more challenging Pedham course, and wait for the weather and wind to improve!
Played Pedham place golf course today (22 /01/14) you cannot get better value for money at any other course I know.
We played off the white tees at 12:15 in a fourball and finished at 16:10 for £9:95 PP the course was quite wet but was excellent for the amount of rain fall we have had over the last few weeks.
The greens rolled well with a very good pace and also very receptive the fairways were ok and with winter rules were quite good without a pick and place.
I had not played this course before even though I live quite near there are some interesting holes and a very tough par 3 16th which is over 200 yards up hill.
There was not much wind today and I can imagine it being quite tough in windy conditions it is like a inland links course with quite a few blind approach shots.
All in all if you want a descent challenge when your course may be closed due to it being water logged then give it a try its no London Club but at this price you will not be disappointed.
Also the club house was quaint and staff were nice and friendly, GREAT VALUE will play again in the summer or if ours is shut .
Awesome course, fab slick greens, great clubhouse and superb value for money.
A REAL GEM...
After a gap of a couple of years I returned to play PPGC. The last time I was there the facilities were nothing. Since then the clubhouse has been completed and it looks and feels good (not big, but surely it is all about playing golf and not supping in the 19th?)> The fairways were generally firm and gave many tee shots a bit of a roll which helps uws high handicappers. Greens very very slow and difficult to read, but this maybe due to the up and down weather. Really enjoyed playing here again.
Played here for the first time last Monday (9th Jan) and didn't really know what to expect. A visit to the clubs website had me in two minds as all I could see were pylons everywhere and it looked a bit "rough and ready" if I'm honest.
Shouldn't have worried though. I was very impressed once I had played it. It was as close as you could get to "links" golf bearing in mind how far the sea is away. A friend of mine commented that you could have picked 3 or 4 of the holes up and dropped them down at Royal St Georges and they wouldn't have looked out of place!
A fair few number of dogleg holes where you stood on the tee and didn't really have any idea where the hole was going, certainly a course that needs to be played two or three times to get the lay of the land. Some really good bunkering had you standing on the tee having to really think about placement rather than just reach for the driver and belt it. Course was in very good condition bearing in mind we were still in January (the mild weather has helped of course!). No mats and all regulation greens, which whilst not overly fast had a decent roll on them and were true. A little bit "scruffy" around the greens and it soon became apparent that putting from off the green as opposed to trying to chip would yield better results. But as I say, this is really unfair criticism bearing in mind the time of year. I would imagine in Summer though this course just runs and runs!
Thoroughly enjoyed the course, the only really "weak" hole as far as I was concerned was the big par 3 on the back 9 (I think it was about the 14th or 15th) which is over 200 yards all uphill to a raised green. Into the wind it's just a smack with a driver and hope you get it somewhere close, because you stand not a hope in hell of holding the green! As a hole it doesn't really add anything to the course itself. The clubhouse was ok, bit "modern" and the food, whilst filling, was nothing really to write home about. Having said that, despite it being well over an hours drive for me I will go back and have another game there. If you fancy taking on a links course but can't get to the coast, I would recommend this course for something a little different.
I have lived in the area for 20 years and played most of the courses around, but having played Pedham yesterday, I have now found a course that is not only well looked after, has great facilities (new clubhouse), but is a real challenge. The fairways are great, the greens for this time of year are in excellent condition. I cannot believe I have not been here before, it really is the best course in the area. A hidden gem.
very enjoyable course even though there are two par threes that i have never reached (but will one day )one of the best courses in the area in fact i am going to join
Well maintained links style course. Challenging if straying off fairways (esp. in summer) but no trees! (Great asset)
Looking forward to the new clubhouse. Excellent practice range.
Course is excellent. Off course facilities are well.......... nothing. On the course what needs to be sorted is the etiquette on course. Our three ball allowed a two ball through, who were juniors. Both decided at each tee, they were capable of driving the green and so decided to wait and wait and wait. The boy was off the white tees. His partner a girl, would wait for him to tee off, then amble along to the reds, "examine" the course and tee off. None ever put the three ball ahead under pressure. We ended up walking in as it was getting dark (3 and 1/2 hours to play 13 holes). Very enjoyable course though.
We played this course on 8th of April 2010. The course was fantastic and the weather too. But the day was ruined by the attitude of a pro shop staff before the first ball was hit and with this bad feeling in mind it was never going to be enjoyable. Even worse was the etiquette shown by the group of golfers (OAPs) behind us.
I have played Pedham twice now over the last month, both on late Saturday afternoons,for a tenner! What great value. Forget about the clubhouse & the car park, it's the course that makes the club, and I for one think this a great little course, it does have the feel of a links course in parts & the way many of the holes are hidden from each other, gives the feeling you could be out there on your own.
Unlike some of the other courses in the area, it makes you think a bit, not just a "grip it & rip it" track, the greens are in excellent nick & fairways are generous enough. The great thing is the rough is thick & high, so don't go in it, it will cost you a least a shot!
Don't really have any moans, I'm just looking forward to playing more over a long hot summer, just hope they keep the £10 a round going.
This isn't a review of the course a such more of an update about the club. I've previously reviewed the course and like many people given the all round experience a very good review.
The only thing that perhaps lets it down was the quality of the club house portakabins and the gravel car park.
I'm pleased to report that subject to planning they will soon be building a new two storey club house with all the necessary facilities you would expect of a modern golf club along with a resurfaced car park.
Although I'm really looking forward to this the course is still a cracker and recently played cheeky 13 holes of twilight golf one Friday evening for £12 and played mostly on my own. The course is in great nick and still provides a good test of golf.
Actually I might pop down again tonight!
Don't be put off by the scruffy car park and portakabin for a club house. See past this and you will enjoy a cracking round of golf on a links type course. Green fee's are very reasonable, especially with 2F1. I'd definately go back. Everyone at the club was very friendly, and a handy driving range available to warm up before going out.
Went on a decent November day, got a deal for £12 on a Saturday, thats because there was no way we were going to finish on time (3 1/2 hours before dark).
I'm a 14 handicapper and enjoyed the course quite a lot, I wouldnt say it was a links course but it has large mounds running along fairways so you get that impression every now and again. And the wind does blow up there.
The condition of the course was pretty good, although for some reason the greens were tricky, they weren't that fast or slopey and they were in decent condition, but they were very difficult to read. The only criticism would be that lots of pretty rubbish tee shots end up on the fairway, all the fairways seem to be in a little valley with forgiving bounces in the hilly rough.
Dont go if you like fancy flashy atmosphere, but I think for an improving player its great to get a sort of links atmosphere and experience on the cheap and pretty easy to get to from London.
Like all before me when you first sight the clubhouse you think oh no,but after a warm welcome from the ladies inside and a cracking full English you are set up for a nice round,and i must say we loved it.Six of us were on a day out, all first timers and all agreed what a great course,with some testing holes.One of my brothers has played princes and said it was just as good but without the sea and said it was the best course our little society has played.I really loved it and with it being in such good condition for late September and a warm day it made the day even better.The greens were great,the rough not to thick and the fairways were nice and wide.Bunkers were in good postions with plenty of sand and rakes.We will be back again next year and will let other golfing friends know about this little gem.
Reviews here are accurate reflection of Pedham Place. Great course; makes you think and challenges you all the way round. Rough is penal - stick to the fairways. Course management is everything here, from position of tee shot to being on the right place on the green. Only minor cricism would be the lack of 'information boards' on the tee; this makes it almost impossible for a first timer to play the doglegs or blind approaches with any sense of certainty.
Very good value for money and a welcome change from most inland courses.
Played midweek on a 2fore1 on a dry and windy day, very linksy, or so I would imagine, having not played a coastal links.
Thoroughly enjoyed the round which required thought on each shot.
Some blind shots to greens though.
The greens were a little bobbly, perhaps due to the grass being in seed. Not sure if this is normal but I'm sure it can't happen all year.
Many of the greens are very interesting with some very difficult slopes & pin positions available which could completely change the holes.
Terrain was such that the semi rough would often throw the ball back onto the fairway but if you were more wayward than that then the rough was 6-12 inches deep and you will have trouble finding your ball , and may wish you hadn't if you do.
A very strange rule on one hole whereby you are deemed OB if you cut the dog leg over the OB and back into play. Not sure how you police this, but the idea is to protect people on a tee, so we respected it.
Generally, friendly, good value, good condition, very unusual course and with unpretentious facilities. Would like to return to better my 40 putts.
I have been playing this course every so often for the last 7 years and I must say I think its cracking little course. Its a lovely well kept course, the closest you'll find to a links course without the trip to the seaside and an excellent test of golf. The club house isn't up to much but I go to play golf not sit in a club house and talk about it. If you are in two minds I can assure you it would be well worth your time and effort to give it a go.
This is the 5th time I've played this course and its slowly becoming my local favourite. The lack of a decent club house and rough gravel car park make the place appear at first glance like a building site when you arrive but therein lies its charm.
Firstly they do a cracking bacon sandwich! Then tucked away over the brow of hill next to Brands Hatch is a real local gem in my view. Shaped like an inland links course with no trees and with holes seemingly cut into and through the 'dunes' makes for a much more interesting course than your average parkland course to be found in the area.
When I first played here I came away thinking it was really tough course and in the summer with long and penal rough down both sides of many holes you have to drive straight to have any chance of scoring well. But thankfully I have that shot in the bag now!
Compared to the clubhouse and parking area the course was in really good condition. I think partly as it drains very well due to its position. Otherwise there's mix of big dog legs, long par 4's, short(but tricky) par 4's, well placed bunkers, raised and undulating greens and a short finishing hole over water.
When we arrived this week it was very hard and frosty so we had to play to temporary green for the first 10 holes but they did offer a 20% discount. Clubhouse is a collection of portacabins but its functional, staff are friendly and its a pretty relaxed atmosphere all round. I'll be going back for more.
I have just played this course on 5th Oct 2007 and what a gem to find !!!!.The course was in fantastic condition and you have to think about your shots on every hole.A linksie type course
with fast greens adds to this courses intrigue.the driving range was great and pleasing to the eye when practising.The cub house
is practical for its purpose,but not great.You come here to enjoy the challenge of this course.
Well done to Pedham Place Golf Centre,as Arnie often
says I'LL BE BACK.
I have been a member of this course for 2 years and would advise anyone who reads negative comments to try it out.
The rough is long so dont go in it. The problem is that golf is a game where you should be thinking of what shot to hit of the tee and not just getting out driver and finding no trouble with wayward shots. I will gaurantee you now that all the negative feedback is from mindless fools who cant hit straight.
The fairways are a generous size and unlike on most courses you cant overhit your fairway and land on another. If you like to not be punished for bad shots stay away and hold up players on a different course.
The greens are the best around and I play at a lot of private clubs aswell with very limited use.
The clubhouse has not been built yet but the money has been spent making and keeping an excellant course. If you play golf for the clubhouse go elsewere.
I play here three times a week and 2 years on still enjoy every round>
Played here twice now, and won't be in a hurry to make my third round.
Three of the first four holes have 'blind' elements to them, making it quite difficult to know exactly where you are going.
Around the turn, there is still a lot of construction work going on & the surrounding M25 makes for a noisyish day out.
It's ok, but I won't hurry back
Fantastic course, in my opinion.
The greens are challenging, in a good way - the course is challenging, in a good way - buy a course guide though which will help you through the dog-legs...
Driving range is really good - best public one in the area, in my opinion.
Never had to pay for the practice putting area - maybe I should have, but certainly would not use it if I did have to pay.
Golf pro is the most helpful chap on the planet - although he can move and talk at 100mph, may need to slow down on the caffeine...
Slightly more expensive that other courses in the area but I think it's worth it.
Club house lets it down - if first impressions last with you - it's basically porter cabins clued together.
However, the club and bar staff are very friendly, the beer's good, the food's good and plentiful and Ive seen little of this pompous attitude which can be apparent in public golf courses. It's a 'welcome with open arms' and 'what can we do for you, sir?' type place...
This is a course that is local to me, but is certainly not the nearest, by far - however I do choose it over the others and am happy to recommend it.
i have been a member at this course for nearly six years now and the way the course is currently being run i would not advise any one playing for a month or two as the course conditions are terrible as the course has been covered in water and instead of closing the course and giving it time to drain the management are just throwing people out there and ruining the course. unlike other clubs who have closed their courses due to weather.
By way of update. We played the course yesterday and it was in good condition. All of the greens were in play and in terrific nick for the time of year. The were a very few soggy patches on the course but otherwise it has held up very well to the recent wet weather. Got chatting to the Course Marshall and he told us that work on a permanent clubhouse is to start early in 2007.
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