8 reviews of Phoenix Golf Club
I am a Club Official and Competition Secretary. I feel that I must reply to a couple of points but mainly about the Pace of Play signage.
This initiative was brought in in 2006 and has been a resounding success. The course played from the yellows is less than 6000 yards and with 2 exceptions has minimal walking between most tees and greens.
The pace of play is 3 hours 49 minutes and most two balls will get around in between 3 hours and 3 hours 30 mins.
Indeed in medals play is easily achieved within the advice time.
The times were tested for several months using several different formats and proved to be generous.
If you visit Phoenix you will not be made to run around as this is not what golf is about.
i recently played this course and what a let down it was,the condition of the sand bunkers are attrocious, you have grass growing out of quite a few of them it is obvious they have not been tended for weeks.Whilst playing my game i never saw anyone working on the course and this shows in the condition of the course.To be fair the greens are in fair to good condition but there is more to a course than eighteen greens
......Played on the 19th May 2010
Good condition although a couple of the early greens were slightly of a lesser standard with the rest, however nothing to cause concern. The course is mature so plenty of tree lined fairways to go at the fairways were in very good condition and a good cut of semi rough before the tress or heavier rough. I can't state what exactly sold me on this course but I thought it was excellent and at £70 for a 4 ball the cost was very reasonable too. The layout is well thought of and due to the location of the course the only negative would be the far from scenic views!! The odd electricity pylon and nearby steelworks don't do the course justice.
Off Course -
Members were polite and the course staff were friendly and helpful. The Pro in the shop was friendly and the shop was well stocked.
At £70 for the 4 ball per round I have to say I find it very well priced.
A most enjoyable day as most golf days are, I would highly recommend the course. I must mention the timings boards a previous report touched on. Having noticed these and then checked our play time it became obvious the timings are set for a very very ambitious round time. Basically my advice would be to play your normal game stick to normal golfing etiquette and ignore the time boards.
Phoenix...... a fairly typical well maintained parkland golf course. Nothing outstanding about it and no real signature hole.
In all honesty I would have to say that it is a well maintained but average course.
One thing though that really did p*** me off was the speed factor.
On the first hole was a sign clearly setting out the pace of play. A few holes in and another sign saying it should have taken you no longer than ( Whatever amount of minutes , I really wasnt paying attention ) to reach this point.
My friend and I are very fast golfers and found ourselves rushed on this course. We were a two ball, not always putting out on every hole and on the odd occasion we did hit stray drives we didnt look for the ball as there was no time.
On our home course (roundwood) we once completed 18 holes in 2 hours 50 minutes. On Phenix we couldnt keep up with the two ball in front or keep the 2 ball behind us off our heels. Never in my life have I been rushed around a golf course as fast.
For me it's quite simple. If I have paid £21.00 green fee's to play as a visitor on another course, I want to take a little time to enjoy the experience and take in whatever delights the course may offer. If phoenix had a trolley ban and I had to carry my clubs this would have felt exactly like a yomp in full kit.
Having rushed around Phoenix I feel no need to rush back.
Sorry Phoenix..... thumbs down on this one.
We played here with our society on Sunday 11th November 2007. I think the problem here was that we all had too high expectations, we'd heard good things about the course and was looking forward to it. Even taking the time of year into account this was our worst society day to date. It started when the food after the Golf that I'd check three times wasn't booked, to be fair the kitchen bent over backwards to accomodate us but this is how not to arrange socity days, the main problem is that if you don't want a £12 four course meal they aren't interested. Value wise compared to other courses was terrible, we all paid £21 which before we played I thought was reasonable, afterwards I thought it was terrible value, you only had to compare the deal with Karsten Lakes, Gainsborough (£22.50 with food included ) to realise how poor value it is ( £28 with food for Phoenix . Overall the course was OK, poor in places, the first four holes the gardeners had been in and cut the trees and left the branches on the fairways. As visitors there is a clear lack of signs to tees so many of the holes we were wondering where to go next. I think it was round the back of the 15th but on the way I'm guessing a member mumbled something, apparently we were to use the gate but with no signs how we were to know ? The course is just OK with some nice views of Rotherham centre, however not one hole sticks in my mind. The greens were different with differing speeds, including the practise green. An a positive note we found the staff pleasant, friendly and welcoming and the pro shop also, a credit to the club. After speaking to twenty five golfers and comparing to the twelve different courses we found the course sub standard, poor value and our day was spolied by poor organisation, definately one which we won't be returning to. I have sent the secretary a constructive email but as yet have no reply.
Been a member of this course for several years now. Comparing with other courses in the area then the course must be in the top 6. Although lacking in water hazards and not enough bunkers, the general layout of the course with mature trees results in a real challenge. The course at present is looking top class and is well worth the visit
This is an underrated course. Not many people pay the full £24. Very good test of golf in a very acessible place. Much improved in 2004 and going from strength to strength. Well worth a visit.
Not a bad course but it is not worth £24 ,good value if you go with a member ( £10)
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