16 reviews of Risebridge Golf Centre
I have read a few of the reviews and think that quite a few are complete rubbish, maybe in the year 2000 when one of the reviews were posted there may well have been a burnt out Escort on the fairway but that was 14 years ago.
I did play this course years ago and often there was a burnt out car on a fairway, or some idiot had decided to practice doing dough nuts on a green, but not any more. The course is challenging and in good condition considering the amount of players that use this course.
Please ignore these old reviews, especially 14 year old ones.
I have played this course quite a few times now this year, and at £15 a round that includes a bacon butty you can't get any better value!
With the dry weather the greens have been well kept, and the fairways have held out nicely. The tees have suffered compared to other courses I have been to lately. Also the the course suffers from a lack of markers on most holes, lack of racks, and the bunkers could do with an overhaul.
Saying that the course is a good challenge for all levels of golfer with a good variety of holes. I have played in a few different pairings this year of different abilities, and all have been impressed. The new landscaping done over the recent years has bedded in.
The clubhouse and shop is a bit on the small side and can get busy, but the service is good and food is cooked well. Also be wary about parking your car too close to the club house, as it is near the first tee and I have seen some stray shots head towards the cars! There is also a driving range.
All in all, I like the course and for what you pay it makes up for the faults. I think if these were addressed with some more investment this course could easily be regarded as one of the best in the area.
Played this course a few times so far this summer..I appreciate the fact it does not cost very much..this had enabled me to play more.. the other comments about the course are basically correct..but you have to balance it against the cost..anyway I say focus on your shot making not on the cosmetics of the course..keep the the ball on the fairway..hit the greens and you will enjoy it no problem..I say well done to Risebridge..keep the cost down and we can play more..who cares about the lack of manicure!
Do not bother!!
Honestly, in my opinion this has the potential of being a lovely course, but in its current condition (June 09), this is not a golf course - here's why:
- There are no white markers for competitions
- some holes do not even have yellow markers
- most teeing grounds are very uneven/patchy
- the "mounds" are partly bare earth/brick and not marked as GUR, despite locals believing they are GUR
- 150/100 yd markers are off by as much as 15-20 yds on most holes as greens have been moved over the years but markers not
- some greens have been vandalised
- no sand in bunkers
- no rakes in bunkers
If only the owners actually looked after the course, there are some potentially great holes, but by the sounds of it, the course has been in disrepair for a number of years.
Just had a society day. Full English Breakfast, 9 holes, Lunch, 18 holes, all for £20. Staff could not do enough for us. We had 2 vegetarians who were asked what they wanted for lunch and everything was done with good humour. The greens and fairways were in excellent condition considering the recent weather and even after a severe hailstorm during our round it drained very quickly. Scores varied from 24pts to 37pts and the general concensus was that we all had a good day out.
Some rough edges, bunkers with no rakes, but who needs a rake when there isn't much sand!! and no ball washers or markers for any hazards. Mounds down the side of many fairways actually defined the course and when the landscaping is finished this course will really be a "little gem".
I have been playing risebridge on and off for many years, and in the past would have agreed with most of the reviews below. The course has always been good value(and used to actually be good), and there has always been complaints about the Bunkers etc.
However after playing this weekend and a few dodgy rounds over the past 6 months I feel compelled to add to these complaints.
First off it is a Bargain, I can't deny how cheap it is. However what you get thrown in for this cheapness is unnacceptable. Here are my complaints:
1. The course changes, there are now many mounds around the course that never used to be there. These mounds are basically builders rubble covered in topsoil. You can confirm this by looking at them closely you can see nice bricks poking through. Apparently these are GUR, but considering that they cover a significant part of the course it isn't nice. If they ever were to become playable I wouldn't want to take a divot.
2. The other course changes, the ones that are meant to improve the course. These are the ones that get started and never finished. For example the 15th there is a Bunker in front of the green that has been GUR for at least 2 and a half years. The temporary tee on the second has been in effect for about a year as well.
3. No precautions are taken to look after the course, for example Buggys are a year round feature and so is the mud, tracks and brown ground all around. Which means that the course is more suited to wellies than golf shoes after even the smallest amount of rain.
4. The Tees, again this can probably be included in no 3. All year round tees are all very good, if they can handle it. Teeing off from mud patches isn't fun, or particularly safe in some cases. I honestley have never seen Tees so bad. However I have noticed that there are no mats on most tees so maybe they have saved money by not having them.
At the end of the day if you want to hit a little white ball round a well designed but badly looked after course (although the greens are ok !!) for £15, then this is the place. But it is barely golf, personally I would rather stump up the extra tenner and go and play somewhere where the owners care for the course.
I am gutted because I believe that with a little care this could be one of the better courses in essex.
This is a little gem of a golf course.
If you can stay on the fairway you will do well, but stray into the rough/trees/ditches and a high score will be made.
The course is in great condition although some landscaping work is taking place, but it's all around the edge of the course.
Greens and fairways are in good condition.
The tees need some work but I've played on worse.
The bunkers could do with some quality sand in them and there are no rakes, they keep getting pinched.
Some very interesting holes and well worth a try.
Special midweek off on at the moment - £14 for unlimited golf, free use of the par 3 course and a bar meal (Ploughmans, Jacket Spud or Brunch - Bacon, Sausage, Fried Egg, Baked beans & a slice of toast).
The Pro shop/Cafe is in the middle of being refurbished.
Golf carts are available at £12 per round.
A weekend round cost £19
This is well worth a go.
absolutely 100%, one of the best tests of golf in essex. tight fairways, great greens, a thinking mans course. Paly well on this course and you are a good golfer.
Played the course a couple of times since the late summer and have been really impressed, things have really been turned round, fairways and greens are now actually cut properly, a big up to the new greenkeeper and his staff, good to see someone who knows whay they are doing. Though golf carts in Nov???
That apart the course is 100 times better than when I last played (it had horses on it) bunkers have sand and there are yardage stakes at the side of the fairway.
Only downside is that the cafe now seems to be closed, which is a shame they did a great fry up!!! You can get food out of the pro shop, but it's the poncy bagette & coffee thing for mega dosh.
All in all well worth a visit, will be back again, if only to get on par 14th in two!!
Always enjoy playing the course. Some tough Par 4s on the back nine. Greens could be improved but doesn't bother me with my putting. My old local course was Barnehurst so more than happy with Risebridge.
Played this course for the first time in early July and was pleasantly surprised due to all the disparaging comments and I am going back mid August too. OK it wasnt "Wentworth" but hey for £17 quid I had a great time and didn't find any of the problems mentioned before and found the course in pretty good condition and enjoyable experience. Im told the new owners have spent some money on the course since your last correspondence posted their "No Votes".It may be worth giving it another go!
I thought it was a ok coures im only 14 and just started playing that was my full 18 hole but the greens and fairways need freshening up. I will go again.
Played this course today for the first time, I am a beginner but I found the experience very enjoyable despite the cold (3 degrees), wet and very windy conditions. There was a lot of standing water in the bunkers and the fairways were a little soggy but it has been quite wet here of late. As a novice I could have done with better sign posting to the tees as the map with the score card is not the easiest to read, we all have to start somewhere after all! Apart for the appalling weather conditions I enjoyed my first ever round of golf and at just £7 it was value for money, I will definitely be back next week.
I have been playing this course weekly for last 3 months and I go back for more. Two/Three greens need repair due to animal scrapes and vandilism but in time will come good.
A number of greens have been rather soggy but high pitchs will stop. Some forgiving fairways but also a few tight ones that need some accuracy. Favourite holes 4th par 3 from back tees and 14th Par 5, lake at front of green and a number of others for various reasons. I have brought my round down from 118 to 92 today. A good all round course that will bite if you take it for granted. Sunday rates £15.50/ round.
Have played this a couple of times recently. Fairly forgiving course with a couple of tricky holes. Watch out for the water on the 14th.
The only bad thing is the greens which could do with cutting and a bit of sorting out.
Very good course for learner players/high handicappers (like myself)
Some tricky holes, but most with fairly wide fairways, and equally forgiving rough. Don't stray too far into the bushes though - or you will require a new ball from your bag !!
Excellent facilities, and a very pretty course.
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