23 reviews of Rufford Park Golf & Country Club
My son and I played here yesterday on an internet deal of £10 each so it would be hard to criticise. Having said that the par 3's were the most memorable part of the course, the 17th being the stand out hole with a huge drop to a green protected by a pond. Most of the fairways were so wide it became almost impossible to miss and they were so firm that distances were more of a guess, the difficulty arising once on the greens which were first class. Not a course I'd return to but for £10, a bargain.
Lovely course that has greatly improved over recent years. Some realy great holes with pleanty of birdie chances. Realy good greens and very fast.
Have played here many times and only critisism is serious slow play. up to 5 hours which is not good.
I must admit I agree with Paul. Played here last week, not very impressed. Enjoyed the par 3 on the 17th but the rest is wide open and presumably a society course. On the plus side it must be impossible to lose a ball (apart from water on 17).
Nice clubhouse but felt like a commercial machine and didnt get a great Club vibe.
I have to say I wholly disagree with Paul who posted the comment below...The course was in fantastic condition when i played it last night, greens were perfect and true and the shape and layout of the course is very pleasing on the eye and makes for a great challenge amongst stunning views! We played this course for £15 from teeofftimes and was fantastic value. I personally would have paid more! And before anyone says I must be easily pleased yesterday was my 19th consecutive round of golf at 15 courses in the area...Yes the fairways were patchy and hard in a few places but most courses are with the lack of rain we have had...Great value I'll be going back, same as my partners, seems some people are never happy!!
Played here two days ago and it was clear the other reviews on here are from a while ago. Course in shocking condition. Bone hard grass-free fairways with bone hard bunkers. Greens were ok but what happened to all the grass. Went on a bargain voucher deal but at £26 a round normally you would rightly expect something much better than this. Over-played and worn out I'm sad to report. You could miss-hit balls 200 yards because it rolled and rolled. Steer clear and give this one a miss till it gets some water and grass on it. Opt for Norwood Park instead. It's cheaper and in terms of condition and value it's streets ahead of this place at the moment. Shame because the staff and facilities are good.
I played Rufford Park with our Society on Sunday 26th April. Having played the course a few times before I had expections before playing. What a surprise we had ! From a society point of view it doesnt really get much better than this. I have to say that the service we received was just first class from start to finish and the course was in superb condition. From booking everything was just straight forward, nearest pin and longest drive markers were driven out so no one had to carry them out and bring them back.
The course layout is as interesting as you can get and is a fair challenge of golf. The first is a gentle par 4 that bears to the left The second a steady par 5. The hole that stood out most for me was the 17th par 3 from an elevated tee 169yards from the yellows over water with access to the green over a small bridge. We also used this hole for our nearest to the pin, on hindsight we should have named it nearest to the green !!!
Overall excellent facilities, everything is in one place , no walking between clubhouse to changing rooms. Its just setup perfectly, excellent course and an excellent day, other golf clubs should come here and see how it should be done ! Credit where credit is due !!
just Been on a break near here and played this course twice in 3 days with my 10 year old son. im off 20 and my son has been playing couple of years but can get round a course-in fact he had 3 pars in two rounds off the red tees here !!!
i have to say this course is absolutely superb-the first round we played the sun was shining and the second round was wet and a bit windy. its not the longest of courses (good !!!!!) but as mentioned by earlier reviewers each hole offers a unique challenge.
holes 15-16-17 (2 challenging par threes and an up hill par 4 were probably the three most difficult holes on the course
my son had a lesson from the pro John Vaughan-a very good teacher
my only slight critisism was on the web site it says the 9th hole is one of the big three challenging holes (it wasnt really as a average straight tee shot will get most decent players onto the green with a short iron second-but thats a very minor point !!)
my mother and father had a meal here while we went rund the course and said the catering was excellent
will definately come back again
I played Rufford Park over the Easter weekend,which to say was wet, windy and with very frequent snow flurries!
To course presented challanges on a number of levels which were added toby the weather. From the 1st to the 18th the course held up well, presenting some intreasting challanges with each hole being distinct from the previous ones. The sandy soil provided excellent drainage with no standing water on the course,at present the only lett down is the temporary green on the 18th which is currently being returfed due to the addition of 2 new bunkers on the approach.
The stand out hole for me was the 17th par 3, a miss hit tee shot to the front of the bridge! A chip onto the bridge to the green, then a par putt!!
The staff proved to be friendly and welcoming, when combined with one off the best fry-ups off my life in the club house. At £25 for the golf and £5 for the food I can't wait to play this course in good weather.
I would thoroughly recommend players of all standards visit this lovely, scenic course.
I played the course as part of a society day out on the 5th of November 2007 and found the experience very pleasant.
The staff were extremely helpful, catering was exceptional value and the course in excellant condition for this time of year.
The course has many varying holes with a couple of fabulous par 3's.
The course offers opportunities for the use of every club in the bag and will provide players of all standards a tidy test.
Played on a beautiful autumn day in October, and the course just gets better and better. This is the second time I've played, and at £16 for a weekday round there's no better value anywhere! Even after a week of heavy rain, the course played beautifully (it's on sandy soil, so drains well), and the tees and greens were a real credit to the greenkeeper. The layout is well thought out, with each hole very different to the last, and one or two gems (par 3s in particular). Clubhouse jas fabulous views out over the course, and the practice facilities are also good. Couple all that with a very warm welcome, and it's near-perfect golf!
Played this course on 1/10/6. Very impressed, turned up early and paid our £28 which is the weekend visitors rate. After making use of the lovely driving range we were given some very in depth directions from hole to hole by the very friendly starter. Each hole is impressive and I found the fact that you can see the layout in front of you very helpful as most of the tees are elevated. Even after heavy rain that week the course was in fantastic condition, the greens were a bit fluffy, but its only to be expected after the amount of rain they have taken. Not overly long but definitely gets you thinking from the tee. Really nice par 3's of varying lengths the 17th being the pinnacle of the lot, we had quite a wait on the tee and all the time we were waiting we were trying to make up out minds which club to use, even as I struck the ball I still wasnt sure, so I was very pleased to cross the river. I saw a comment saying the tees were forward on this hole, well I can safely say they werent for us and it was the full 169yds. The 13th is a long par 5 (589yds) but not impossible to reach in 2 or 3. The 9th is also a great hole 420yds par 4, narrow , tree lined fairway to a huge valley 100yds from the green which makes your 2nd a tricky one if you are on the downslope, all in all a very nice course which I will be playing again, very busy though for such an out of town location on some holes there were 4 groups waiting, but we all had a laugh and a joke so no complaints.
What can i say? fantastic course well set out good greens and tee boxes,i play off 2 and have played uk ireland and the usa and rufford is among the Top ten ive played,dont think you will find better for price,What i like is to take in the veiws from the greens,very good par five a nat off 600yrds ,good par 3 s....
1 May 2005.
Played Rufford Park over the weekend and this is a beautiful course. Many different types of holes presenting a challenge to golfers of all abilities. There are some lovely water hazards that are 'do or die' type. The greens and fairways are very well maintained, with some very testing contours to each green giving the potential for some very interesting pin positions. Easily one of the best courses in the area. £13 for 9 holes and about £20 to £25 for 18.
what a brillant course have played most of the courses in south yorkshire and its miles better. played it on a dull day and even after the crap weather of the last few weeks you get perfect roll on greens vicious bunkers great the only slight grumle is that the greens needs a mow as ther a little long. 17th hole but some of the winter greens look even harder than summer one someone tell me a course where you can finf such a array of holes for less than £20 its impossable.
Great winter golf course with a number of different tees and greens to ensure even on the harshest of days, you can play a full 18 holes on tees and greens in good condition.
Plenty of interesting holes particularly the 17th over the water, which is a great signature hole.
If your in the Notts area, this is a course anyone would enjoy playing.
Just Played here for the first Time today, we booked 36 Holes, with a Buggy and paid £40 Each for the privilage.. Good Value? well First off let me say that this is a great Layout and from the 1st Tee Shot you know your in for a treat.. Its a great Driving Course, with many Elevated tees etc... The 17th par 3 is the Signature hole and is beautiful if a little short these days (Tee Moved far forward) I really Enjoyed playing the course & would like to play it again soon, But i have 1 Main Criticism and that is, Many of the greens are being Repaired and at the moment resemble nothing more that Dirt with Grass Seed thrown Upon it, Now i would`nt normally complain but for £40 you`d expect the course to be in top notch condition... apart from this it really is a great Course that im sure once they get the greens sorted out will be a real Winner! if not big on Value....
Having played the course on the hottest day of the year so far, it was pleasant to find the course in good condition, if the greens were a little hard. I have mixed feeling about the course since I played particularly badly, although this has little bearing on an otherwise very enjoyable course. This is a round that can test the nerve as well as the golfing skills. The 13th is a monster, while the 17th is a joy to behold, even if it has the potential to defeat the most confident of players with its steep fall over the water and onto river side green. I will defiantly play here again.
I played the course for ther second time on a warm February day. The previous week there had been snow followed by rain. Despite this the course was in good condition. There are large areas of GUR on some holes but this did not spoil it for me. The 9th hole previously mentioned is now a par 4, although I was unsure where to tee off from on this hole. I paid £16 pounds in the week and thought it was good value for money.
A policy of continuous improvement has transformed Rufford Park from a very pleasant well laid out golf course in superb surroundings into one which provides a genuine challenge to players of all standards.The majority of changes,although not all receiving universal approval, have been completed with minimal disruption to players but after moving the 9th tee back substantially it was necessary to reprofile the fairway to make the hole a fairer challenge, this will be established for next season, meanwhile it is not a bad par 3. There were never any poor holes, now there are several very good ones notably 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16 and 17 which is a stunning 175 yard par 3 played from an elevated tee to a green over flowing water, tough on a windy day. The one thing that hasn't changed is the friendly, relaxed atmosphere from first arrival in reception, around the course and finally in the bar.
I played first played Rufford 4 or 5 years ago and found it a very pleasant course. A couple of years back some major renovations appeared to be starting and a lot of man-made GUR was appearing. I decided to avoid it for a while but was persuaded back recently. There is now even more GUR than there was then, currently (Oct '03)nearly all of the fairway on the 9th is dug up and it has had to be turned into a par 3 from a 4 to be playable at all. The greens were in generally poor condition and the course appeared to be at full capacity, if not overbooked. Green fees are now £25 at weekends (they do not accept voucher schemes) which seems poor value for money to me. Hopefully one day it will return to it's former standard.
A truly beautiful course. The panoramic views are breathtaking. Wildlife in abundance.
The course itself was in fine condition when a group of us played it (Early June 2003)- handicaps ranging from 9 to 19. We all felt the course presented a fair challenge to each. Fairways wide enough to encourage the more modest player but with enough trees, hazards and water to keep us all on our toes. Greens like billiard tables!
Everyone at the club was most friendly and clearly cared a great deal that we had a good day. In fact we had a belter - definitely would recommend it to anyone. We will be back!
Played the course two days after horrendous rainfall. The course was in surprisingly good condition. One of the most interesting courses I have played. Excellent facilities. Well worth a visit. Dress code very lax which lets the overall appearance down.
Rufford is a fairly new course but is already showing excellent potential .From the moment you arrive at the course you are made to feel extremely welcome.The course is carved in to the side of rufford forest and the holes are extremely varied the fairways are forgiving and makes excellent play for booth the novice and experianced golf player .
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