23 reviews of Rother Valley Golf Centre
Played January 2013 with my brother, the greens are bald and have craters on them, there is no such thing as a fairway as the grass is ankle high and there is no drainage system causing a swamp like effect. When teeing off on the winter tee mats there is nowhere to place ur tee and the mat is covered in stone and rubble causing scratch marks to your brand new expensive drivers and woods. Very poor course, wouldnt go again even if it was free.
Oh dear, oh dear. I am not usually too critical of courses but in this case i can honestly say there is nothing good to say about it.
The greens were atrocious, hardly any grass on them, very patchy and bobbly. I appreciate that at the time of year (october) greens do get the spike treatment but even taking that into account, the greens were still the worst i have seen in a long time.
Most of the fairways were also in average condition and round the greens you were almost guaranteed to find a bare lie making chipping a nighmare.
No proper yardage points on the tees so you could never be sure exactly how far it was to the green on par 3's
And overall the course was looking really run down.
Very disappointing indeed.
Luckily I booked on line, paying for a discounted afternoon tee time which was £12. The full price would have been £21 but even the discounted price of £12 was barely worth it. (i have rated value for money below going on the full price. )
travelled from scarborough to visit relatives and played my 1st 18holes on any course here with 3 experienced golfers and absolutely loved it.it rained when we set off and for first 3 holes then stopped the fairways were not flooded and the greens still ran true. rained again later in round but course appeared not to suffer.loved the varied holes walked to 7th and wondered how many times i would hit the water but managed to clear it.also liked the 12th will be back hopefully to reduce score of 135.
I HAVE PLAYED ROTHER VALLEY MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS AND FOUND IT AN ENJOYABLE EXPERANCE AND QUITE AN EASY COURSE TO PLAY THE GREENS ARE IN GREAT CONDITION AND WOULD RECOMEND YOU TRY THIS GOLF COURSE. THE ONLY THING I WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT IS THAT THE FAIRWAYS ARE IN POOR CONDITION ALL YEAR ROUND YOU HAVE TO PLACE THE BALL EVERY TIME, AND THE BUNKERS DONT HAVE ANY SAND IN THEM APART FROM THAT IT A GOOD COURSE TO PLAY.
I played at Rother Valley on Sunday afternoon and was looking forward to playing on a "private" course as I usually play on municipal courses in the area.
The condition of the course was a disgrace. Every lie I had on the fairway was muddy and the only time I got a decent lie was when I went in the rough. I appreciate that it can be difficult to keep the course in good condition at this time of the year but it is not as if we have had a prolonged period of rain, we have only had showers.
Having played Rother Valley about five times previous, I decided to take a group of 24 golfers to play this course for our captains away day.. Despite the torrential downpour we had for 7 hours continuously before tee off, the course was playable, bunkers were overflowing, but the greens were excellent, everyone of our group had to admit this was excellent value for money. The staff were brilliant. If you want value for money try Rother Valley.
Rother Valley Golf Course is situated next to Rother Valley Country park, not far from junction 31 from the M1, south of Sheffield. The centre consists of a driving range, a 9 hole par 3 course, and a putting green as well as the 18 hole course.
I have played numerous times at Rother Valley over the last 3 years, and despite it being difficult to play during the winter months due to the drainage problems-see previous reports, I can confidently say that the course at present is in its best shape ever. The greens are in excellent condition, the ball runs very well and most are very challenging indeed, especially the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 13th. The fringes surrounding the greens are lush and challenging to play off, even to the more competant chippers!
The holes provide a vast array of different challenges, each one very different to the next. Water is in play on many of the holes as well as challenging bunkers, dense woodlands, and some fairways are very difficult to hold. The ones that really stand out in my mind is the very difficult 3rd, a right uphill dogleg, the long downhill 6th, the par 3 island hole (7th), the 10th is has water to the left and trees to the right and a ditch that runs fully across the fairway.
The course is rather hilly, but when the peak of the course is reached (the 5th green), theres an excellent view of south sheffield and Rother Valley.
Overall the course is excellent value for money, and the staff their provide an excellent service. Great deals are available, including snacks, meals, drinks and buggies, see the Jack Barker webpage for details.
To say 10 years ago there was an open cast mine on the site of the course, it is doing pretty well indeed, and it can only get better.
Rother valley is one of the most interesting and aesthetically pleasing courses I have ever played and as such was looking forward to my round on Sunday 11th June. On arrival a sign greeted us saying preferred lies were in use strange we thought isn't this supposed to be the peak time of a courses condition. We soon found out why grass is some thing of a luxury on the fairways and those delicate little chip shots we dream about from just of the green were impossible as the vast majority of holes had nothing but baked mud surrounding them. The greens were not much better, it was near impossible to get a smooth role of the ball and we witnessed several putts that hit what only can be described as gouges which sent the ball off at 90 degrees. The course is in a very poor shape and is in need of some serious work which is a great shame as only a few years ago this was voted as one of the top 10 courses in its price range in the country. Oh those halcyon days!!! Come on Jack Barker get your hand in your pockets and sort it.
played the course for the first time quite impressed by the varations in holes but drainage needs to be sorted out the whole course was soggy and the greens were aireated way to much but will play the course again when its dry for a long time before
Looking forward to playing this course in September.
I will be in the Sheffield area for 2 weeks, hopefully
getting in numerous rounds of golf. Can any locals here recommend some other nearby public courses? I have played a couple rounds at Beauchief and had a great time so I will
be sure to get back there. Will be staying in North Anston.
i played this course on sunday 29th december.while the greens were in exellent condition the fairways were so waterlogged i could hardly walk on them without slipping over.the course should not have been open in this state all it will do is ruin it for the upcoming months.and i was charged the full price!!i could only manage to play 10 holes as it was that bad.
What a fantastic deal and course this club offers.
8 of us booked a package for a saturday morning that cost us 20 pounds each.
For that we got bacon sandwichs and coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf on an excellent course then a two course (home cooked) meal that was very very nice.
It will be a regular fixture for our small society.
The staff were friendly, the course was great and the beer was good too. I cant recommend this course too highly, if you know what I mean. Just get yourselves there.
Once again this course has proved to be a fantastic day out. The team were whole heartedly excited over the concept of playing again at Jack Barkers, Sheffield. I always enjoy the difficult par 3 island whole in the front nine, and often endulgfe in a sandwhich or two on the aligning bench whilst watching the team shoot timelessly across the water. My passion for golf has been spurned by this marvalous course and I hope that my handicap will shorten in the near future. Many thanks to the JB team at Rother Valley and we will see you shortly.
P.S. I am am bald
An excellent course, very diverse and ideal for than man who carry's only a handful of balls. Seems to follow the handicaps well, and newish growth provides an easy introduction to some faboulous fairways. The greens are excellent and run smoothly across the whole course. The staff are excellent and sunday lunch was a real treat. Careful positioning of the 10th tee ensures a swift pint before the back 9. Many thanks to Jack Barker for this great course.
Our society weekend again took in two Jack Barker golf courses and what a pleasant surprise. The Rother Valley course has improved beyond measure over the last year and the deal offered was the best value for money we've had so far this year. The meals were as good as ever. We missed out Leen Valley last year while the landscaping work was going on but returned this year now that the work has finished. What an improvement !! The greens were always great but the rest of the course has now been brought up to scratch. The course is longer and more challenging; where did all those trees come from !! The new 9 hole par 3 provided a welcome post Saturday night "warm up" before tackling the 18 in the afternoon. Again, great value for money and being made to feel so welcome on a weekend was really appreciated. Keep up the good work, Jack !!
I play Rother Valley regulary, and I play off a 20 Handicap I have played the course in rain, wind, snow and last but the best sun. The course is a 72 par and it plays very well in the summer and is sometimes boggy in the winter. The clubhouse has a restraunt/bar the club Pro's are really helpful and friendley. Their is a Driving Range and a 9 hole Par 3 course.
Cancel my previous entry. The course, up to the recent rain has been in an excellent condition throughout the summer. The new greenkeeper is keeping the course well under control. It is a challenging course and the Pro shop staff and Clubhouse catering staff are the friendliest and most helpful. Hope it doesn't rain this winter like last winter as there could be the same problems of waterlogging etc. Roll on Spring 2002.
Being a novice golfer, I find this course very accomodating to those 'wayward' shots. Nice wide fairways and fairly easy approches to greens makes it not too challenging for more experienced golfers I would imagine. The 'full monty' of a round of golf, a pint and a light meal for £12 during the week makes for excellent value for money.
The greenkeeping was poor in places; i.e. bald patches on the greens, and many bunkers were full of water. The drainage was poor at various points around the course due to recent rainfall. Perhaps a map of the course could be included on the scorecard as there are no signs to indicate the direction to the next tee. However, the course is of a good and challenging standard, particularly the 7th with its island green. It would have been an extremely enjoyable round had it not been wet and waterlogged. I look forward to a return visit in the summer when it is dry!
Some of the previous comments are unwarranted I feel. It's very easy to play a course for the first time, play badly and then blame the course. I played this course on 29th August 2001 and other than a couple of holes didn't play brilliantly, but still had a very enjoyable time. The course is obviously young, but given time will mature and provide a serious test for the most serious of golfers. Staff in the clubhouse and on the course were very freindly and at only £12 I consider this very good value. I shall definately be playing at Rother Valley again.
This course was virtually unplayable from November 00 to April 01 due to being almost completely waterlogged and grass more than ankle high apart from the greens which were kept as well as they could be. End of May 01- greens in tolerable condition and fairways fairly good. But very intrusive non-green and non-fairway areas which were much worse than one would expect and with grass so high that if a ball went into them it was not worth looking for it. This is a pity as this course has so much potential, is an attractive course and until this winter has slowly developed since its inception.
Played it 21/7 with great anticipation as I had considered joining when it opened due to it being touted as a future championship course with water in play on many holes. Therefore, I was extremely disappointed that it will never be championship material and that water is hardly in play on any holes. Also, the 7th is far from an island green! However, all in all not a bad course with room for improvement.
People who complain about Rother Valley golf club are not living in the real world. Sure the course is not one of the best in the area, not yet, but it has only been open 4 years what do they expect. Apart from the odd ocassion, I have managed to play most weekends throughout the winter. At my previously club this would have been impossible. The club is improving all the time, in 10 years time it will be one hell of a golf course.
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