Pleasington Golf Club
Pleasington Golf Club, Blackburn, North West, England, BB2 5JF
5 reviews of Pleasington Golf Club
Played here as a society in late july and everything about the place from the course to clubhouse, food, members and staff was first rate.We paid £70 for 27 holes, bacon/sausage barm and coffee, soup and sandwiches and a 3 course eveing meal and was worth double that.
My very first impression was not good as when I rang to make my booking I ended by saying "oh, and do you accept two fore one vouchers" to which the very stern response was "you should have said that at the start of the conversation!". There either is a timeslot free or there isn't, whether I am using a voucher should make no difference.
Uppity people aside the course is very good. I played it yesterday after a solid month of rain and it withstood it very well. Although the greens were soft and receptive, there were no areas that you needed to drop from. With the exception of about 3 or 4 bunkers the whole course was in flawless condition.
Personally despite the superb conditions I managed to play some dire golf with the only mediocrity being a 330 yard drive down the hill on the 7th which ended with a birdie. Here's a tip if you can hit over 270 yards off the tee, aim for the building with the corrugated roof right of the marker on this hole. If you hit it well online with the marker you end up with a blind 2nd shot.
The clubhouse is very nice and i like the touch of displaying the maps from 1909 when the club opened. Like the chap below says, prepare to be ignored by most people if you are a visitor, common decency is pretty much the only thing missing from this club (although the barman was a pleasant enough gent').
One final but crucial tip; there is a drinking water fountain between 16 and 17, BEWARE! The water comes out at a helluva pressure which could quite easily leave you looking like a drowned rat as you approach the club house.
I've played this course a few times now, on corporate invites, and I have to say it leaves me with mixed feelings every time I go.
First of all I'll deal with the golf. Big tee beds, well manicured, superb fairways, large greens in good condition. A number of good holes, though I know I'm in the minority when I say that I think the par 5 seventh which everybody raves about is a real mickey mouse hole. In my experience in 4 balls I've played in, it's just as easy to lose your ball off the tee aiming straight over the marker as it is to find it at the bottom of the shute. Anyway, that said, the golf is pretty good in terms of course layout and the overall challenge.
So where is the let down? Off course. Facilities are fine, catering ok but nothing special despite what they think, but the problem is one of attitude.
As a visitor I always feel, from the moment you step out of your car, that you really aren't welcome. I get the "who the hell are you" feeling every time I visit, and it's almost as though you should be truly honoured to be frequenting such a "prestigious place", an "aren't you lucky" sort of approach. It really is stuck in the dark ages of golf on that score, one of those places where a "this is a private club for people with money" attitude still abounds.
Access codes to get into changing rooms, as an example, are given to you almost begrudgingly, almost as though you should get changed in the car park. It's almost as if they are making some great gesture to the lesser fortunate people in allowing them to enter their exclusive little empire. And there hasn't been once when I've been when the odd member who has bothered to speak hasn't mentioned at some point that the course is "a regional qualifying course for the open you know". One day, I might just turn round and say "yes, but it still has a train track with Ivor the Engine running through the middle of it"!
I've been lucky enough to play some real top class courses with real tradition, the Royal Dornoch's of this world for example, and they could teach this Club a real thing or two about looking after guests. It's a real shame, because on course I find it difficult to fault Pleasington.
A very well disingned course with nice trees well placed bunkers and ponds.I can remember one hole witch was my favourite the 7th play it to find out why......!!!
What a fantastic and beautiful course. Played this on a very wet weekend in January, no winter greens, no platforms, just superb golf. The course plays far longer than its yardage, particularly the par 4's. I can now see why it has been used to host inter county tournaments and open qualifiers. £25 winter deal is a must!!! Must be a member of a club to visit. You'll be dying to go back week after week.
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