16 reviews of Redlibbets Golf Club
A good, solid course.Good length off the back tees (6600 yds), and in good condition generally.
No weak holes at all ,and a bargain at £22 with a county card.
We played the course Tuesday afternoon,and found it to be in great condition with the greens being possibly the best in kent. For the wayward golfer the rough can be brutal so be prepared to lose some balls. Clubhouse is above average including the changing rooms and facilities, which i would recommend to any Society. Downside, finding the course, need a sat-nav.
I have been a member of Redlibbets since it has been open, I completely agree with the past comments regarding the condition of the course. But with the new green keeper in charge there have been dramatic changes. The course is now in superb condition, tees and greens are of a top quality, our bunkers like most courses could be better but hey! they are a hazard. Obviously I am bias. I am not trying to encourage players to come along as we members are playing millonaire golf. But you would be made more than welcome if you did come and give it a try.
PS Don't forget your 2 fore one vouchers.
Ted Purser President Redlibbets golf club
I played Redlibbets with a friend yesterday, and there's no doubt that at £55 per round (during the week) this is an overpriced course for one that's only 10-15 years old (you can play The Addington for £65). That said, with a 2Fore1 voucher it made the price a far more palatable £27.50 each.
It's a shame that conversation down the first tee was dominated by the fact that at full price they were being a little on the pretentious side. That said we both absolutely loved this course. The course designer has used the mature trees that were already there brilliantly. It genuinely feels like a course that's much much older. There are a few comments in other reviews on the poor quality of the tees and greens. On the day we played the greens weren't perfect but were more than good and nothing wrong with the tees at all.
Pros in shop were welcoming if not exceptional. Woman on phone when I called to book tee time, and bar staff after our round, were great.
We had a superb day and will definitely be back (albeit clutching hold of our 2fore1 vouchers!!).
All I can say is that I am glad I played this course on a 2 fore 1 voucher as I think it is massively overpriced. It has the opportunity to be a good course as it is situated in a lovely part of the country and the course has a lovely shape to it. However, three important elements were quite poor. Firstly the tees, very shabby. Then the bunkers, very little sand in them and finally the greens which were in poor condition, with bare patches, at a time when they should be in mint condition. Without the voucher I would have paid £50 !!! With the course in this condition £20 - £25 would have been a fairer price.
I played the course yesterday with two friends. We thought the layout was extremely attractive with some especialy scenic holes. The fairways were in generally good condition for a course of its age but unfortunately the tees had been hollow tine cored very recently so were very untidy as were the greens which had also been cored probably a couple of weeks previously.A lack of watering had left them bare and pitted. Having said all this we thoroughly enjoyed our day and were made to feel very welcome by the staff in both the pro shop and bar.
I played Redlibbets on Friday morning and found it to be good value using the Open Fairways discount.
The rough is rough and every hole offers a challenge for all abilities.
I did find some of the greens to be very fiery, and a decent shot didn't get the result it deserved as even pitching well short would still end up running through the green. I enjoyed the course, its not the longest, and the 'big boy' isn't required on too many holes.
It was the first time i'd played here, and if played again with the previous knowledge, I think a good score is achievable.
Overall though, i enjoyed the course and will be looking to play it again.
I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF REDLIBBITS SINCE IT OPENED WE HAVE HAD PROBLEMS IN THE PAST WITH THE GREENS BUT WE HAVE A NEW GREEN KEEPER AND HE IS TURNING THE COURSE INTO A REAL TEST OF GOLF. ITS WORTH EVER PENNY.AS FORE PEOPLE PLAYING WITH THEIR SHORTS OUT IF THEY DONT LIKE OUR RULES GO PLAY ELSEWEIR.
This course has great potential but the greens and tees are in need of some real TLC. The landscaping offers some good variation in holes with little of the 'up and down' syndrome often seen at a lot of courses. But several greens are in poor condition and various teeing areas were very jaded and uneven.
Definitely do not play this course unless with a member (£15) or on a 2-for-1 voucher (£20). It is not worth the full asking price of £40.
Then there is the dreaded 'course ranger'. He passed us a few times in his buggy with only one concern in mind - that our shirts were fully tucked in - does he really have nothing better to do ?! Wentworth this certainly aint; their efforts would be better spent on course maintenance rather than trying to be something they're not.
I have been a member at the club for 3 yrs now and have seen a dramatic increase in condition. A new greenkeeper has got this course in a decent condition .. and is getting better all the time. Its a tough course, with, many challenging holes, the 11th into wind is a horror, and also the par 3s can cause you to lose a few shots. On the card this looks a relatively easy course, yet there are numerous tight drives . and the greens are very imaginative, especially the 18th .. at 40 yards deep it can prove a real challenge getting length right. I would recommend this course hugely, it may not have been in the best of conditions in 2005/06, yet this summer, it will be awesome :D Great clubhouse with huge lounge, spkike bar, and decent food available from the kitchen at a good price. Changing rooms are well decorated, with many lockers, and power showers.
I played this course on the 15/8/2006. I was very impressed with the quality of the course although the tees were in a poor condition.
The course is set in (according to the course planner) 150 acres of rolling parkland and the holes certainly make the most of the scenery. The 1st 6 holes are all very tight drives then the course opens out a lot with a testing par 5 hole! I managed to hit 4 bunkers and the water on the final hole which was impressive! Definitely a course where you can go for broke and end up with nothing or play sensibly and still do well.
Very very very disappointed. I had heard great thing about this course but I do not exaggerate when I say that the greens at Redlibbets are worse than many pay and play course.
Putting was an absolute joke! The grass was way too long and we left footprints in the grass it was that bad!
The setting of the course is fantastic and some aof the holes are really nice but the condition of the course is apalling. Not only the greens but the teebeds sloped!
The day we played was a hot day and I looked smart with shorts and a summer shirt untucked but just over my waistband. Not once but twice I was asked to tuck my shirt in by an idiot driving around the course in a buggy. If he cared more about the course rather than petty thing like that it would be a great course, however at £40 per person it made me feel like I had been well and truly ripped off.
I was going to go back and play it with work colleagues but they have lost my custom for ever!
played on the 2/4/2006 course was in great condition this course i find as a 12 handicapper to be a fair but true test of golf could be very dificult for the higher handicap golfer i would recomend this course to anyone.
Not a long opening hole, but make sure you middle it. Anything topped is wet, anything hooked is down the slope and in the trees and anything very right is trees also. A slight fade will be the best bet, the slope on the right will probably push it back to the short stuff. Overall a tight course, with a little respite from 10 to 14 where it is open. Interesting third with two fairways. My advice is play left to the top of the slope which should leave a seven or eight iron in, depending on how many weetabix you ate in the morning. The 14th is one of them holes where you just have to grip it and rip it. The tee is high and you drive into a valley. Watch the greenside bunker though. It is rumoured it can be seen from space. Nice finish, with a lake to the left of the green. Nice clubhouse with "jetwash" showers. Finding the place was a problem though. Could use a signpost.....
Most golfers in Kent know New Ash Green as the home of the exclusive Nicklaus designed "London" course with its multi-multi thousand pound membership and $200 green fees but there's a course around the corner with a relaxed atmosphere, affordable membership, £30 green fees and as much challenge from one of the finest new courses in Kent.
This is one sweet course. It's still maturing but the greens are like silk and the holes are imaginative to say the least. The first is tight enough to make any rusty golfer balk and if you use the competition tees its across water.
I like the third with its split fairway: Drive the bunkers on the left for a better approach shot or go right for a more tricky second. Local lore says that a visiting pro drove this 357yd hole for a bump onto the green.
The signature hole is the 14th with a truely monster bunker. The par 5 plays across a deep valley and the green is guarded by this second world war crater filled with sand. nice! The 18th finished with water down the left - so you can loose your ball in front of the clubhouse with a gentle "splosh".
It's amazing to think that this is half an hour drive from Greenwich or New Cross. It really is so tranquil.
This course is in very good condition, it is well maintained even though it is quite a young course. Over time the trees will develop, but for now the deep rough is already a struggle to contend with. Green fees are very reasonable but you will need a member to sign you in.
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