Ruxley Park Golf Club
Ruxley Park Golf Club, Orpington, South East, England, BR5 3HY
18 reviews of Ruxley Park Golf Club
I played the Ruxley Park course over the Easter weekend and to say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
Firstly, all of the tee areas where basically patches of mud and very difficult to find an level area to tee off from.
The 2nd green appeared to have been attacked by vandals who had driven a quad bike around on it, leaving the majority of the green with tyre tracks accross it.
The front 9 itself is more like a pitch and putt course, with 5 par 3 holes all very tightly packed together.
The second nine is very different as the course opens out. They could do with some additional signage on the back 9, because it isn't always entirley clear which tee you should be heading to.
Whilst the back 9 was an improvement on the front 9, we where once again left disappointed when reaching the 13th Tee to find the sprinklers on showering the entire teeing area. We contacted the club to inform them, but after playing the 15th hole, we could see that they were still on.
Yes, with an internet deal you can play here quite cheaply, but there are other courses in the area which are of similar price and in much better condition than this one.
First game for the year here today. Got an Internet deal playing on a glorious day. Had heard there were some chanes with a couple of new holes. Hole 7 is new playing to the old hole 8 green. Far better. The old hole was downhill and very difficult to stop the ball for high handicappers. New hole is good. A short par 3 has been added to the back nine. Nothing special but adds a little more variety. Deals are there to take advantage og and if you want to play a better quality course then off you go and pay for. Ruxley is good value for money.
12/07/11 we played this course yesterday with our soceity and all i can say is wow everything was absolutely perfect from the the great breakfast we were served through to the professionalism from the pro Emil who i would say is a valuble asset to the course as he came to see us off and gave some very helpful tips on the course management and then followed us up half way round to check that all was ok.
this is the way that all soceities should be treated but unfortunately very few do but we will be recommendind this course and team to all and know that this course will now be a regular fixture on our calender!!!!!!!! again many thanks
Played Ruxley Park this sunday, course not bad, greens in good condition and they have a good driving range to warm up in.Would have enjoyed the round had it not been for a three ball playing in front of us sharing one buggy and one set of clubs, resulting in us missing out the last two holes as we had already been playing for the best part of five hours due to the painfully slow play.Quite how this trio were allowed to play is beyond me, why is this course not properley marshalled!Have spoken to friends about this and they tell me they have had similar experiences.Sort it out Ruxley,or a nice course will be spoiled.
i had a society there yesterday everyone enjoyed the day the food was great i liked the golf course every hole was interesting you had to think alot more some great par three's only critism is that the tee area's are a bit bumpy and some of the green's are damaged
Myself and three friends played here yesterday afternoon and had an enjoyable game.
£10.00 each for twilight at 12.45 was a good deal.
The greens were in pretty good condition considering the time of year and that it's a pay and play course.
We're all high handicappers and the course is forgiving enough to allow us all to par at least one hole!
It wasn't particularly busy either and we rarely had to wait to play a shot.
Only critisism is that some of the tee positions meant that you couldn't stand on level ground to hit the drive. Grounds staff, please place the tee pegs with a little more consideration as there are undamaged flat areas on all tees!
I've played this course a few times now, and it has been enjoyable most times. My regular four-ball consists of one 16-ish handicapper, two 20ish, and a 'soon to break 100', and the course offers enough challenge and leeway to suit all of us.
The greens and fairways are generally pretty well kept for a 'p&p' course, but there is a lack of signage which lets it down a little on the first visit. Some of the holes, particularly on the front 9, are a little cramped, but the back 9 opens out and is a genuine pleasure to play.
Good for 16+ players, but if you're better than that there are better options in the vicinity.
All in all an enjoyable experience (except for some stupid short putt misses but the less said about that the better).
£14 for 18 holes is decent value and 100 balls on the range for a fiver isn't too bad.
Quite a hilly course, particularly the front nine which has some big undulation changes. Only bad thing about the layout is that it seems a couple of holes are particularly squashed in where they were running out of space (such as the 230 yard 8th).
Good range of par 4 lengths and the course was in decent condition, with greens running fast and smooth. The facilities aren't great but satisfactory enough.
At one point there was a security van chasing kids around the course which wasn't pleasant, but I managed to make it round on my own in only 3 hours despite not being the fastest of players.
Good challenging course where, with the front 9 you are either playing up or down hill (quite steeply); the back 9 is quite open. I feel there are pros and cons to this course and I have listed them below. In summary: though a challenging course, if it wasnt for the fact that it is very close to where I live, I do not think I would travel any distance to play Ruxley Park.
*/ Front and back 9s are very different. This makes for an interesting game.
*/ Orpington Golf Centre has 2 full 18 hole courses; Ruxley Park being one, Cray Valley being the other. There is also a 9 hole course which I have not played.
*/ You can often pay & play this course. Otherwise you can usually get a decent teeing off time at very short notice.
*/ Large fleet of buggies for those who require transport.
*/ Large car park by the clubhouse. (The 3rd tee would benefit being screened/netted from the car park in some way. I have witnessed at least 2 cars receive dents from wayward balls)
*/ Half-way house by the 9th green if you need a break.
*/ Free practice putting green.
*/ Golf Range on site.
*/ Good number of waste bins by the teeing areas and Ive never seen one too full to use.
*/ Good sized pro shop.
*/ It is often hard to distinguish the difference between the rough and the fairway. The rough grass is quite short and the fairway grass is quite long. Good for those who have trouble keeping it on the short grass, bad for those trying to find the short grass for maximum roll.
*/ Very few bunkers have rakes.
*/ The course needs the staff to patrol once-in-a-while to make sure all players have paid their green fees (random ticket inspections), i.e. you can be playing with nobody in front of you, then all of a sudden you have people appear out of the woods with a couple of clubs under their arm hacking around in front of you.
*/ Also the course needs the staff to patrol once-in-a-while to make sure all players who having hired buggies do not drive them recklessly. I have witnessed numerous buggies parked on the teeing grounds; evidence of doughnuts on fairways and on the 18th green ripped turf where a buggy had been driven across the green!
*/ 15th green seems to suffering badly from the grass problem I think is called fairy rings. Im not an expert but I believe this can be cured by replacing the turf. Otherwise we players are left with numerous bare circular patches to putt over.
*/ For lady players, be aware the 2nd and 13th Red tees are further back than the gents Yellow tees.
*/ Need better tee markings for the 13th and 17th tees. The two 13th teeing areas straddle the 17th tee; confusing for some people. Essentially you have three teeing areas in a row and only one tee marker, but no indication of which tee that marker is for.
*/ Many of the ball washer devices are missing water.
*/ Need better player all clear bells and signage on some blind holes. You are left with a situation of not being able to rely on the players in front ringing a bell and then you have to either walk forward to see if the way is clear (remember, a very hilly front 9) or take your chances and play blind hoping for the best.
*/ Need to promote players repairing their pitch-marks on the green. Again the course would benefit from staff being out on the course.
*/ Have been plagued by the wanna buy some golf balls mister merchants. Though I had not seen them the last 2 times Ive played. Again, these chaps/kids have an iron under their arm whilst they search the course for balls and you can make your own mind up whether they have paid their green fees.
But dont be put off, play it at least once to make your own mind up (I may be over critical, but these are my opinions).
Played here for the first time. It was very enjoyable, despite being confused about the yardage and the scorecard, only to find out these were from the neighbouring course! Looking forward to returning soon. Well worth the green fee.
A beautifull course,well maintained ,a challenge to the average golfer,front and back nine give a seperate challenge,pro shop and resteraunt cater well to most golfers needs,the staff are friendly and very helpful,Ruxley makes for a great days golf.pg039
I felt the weekend fee and buggy hire was a little steep for a public course. That said i did enjoy every hole of the course there is an interesting blend of short and tricky holes on the front 9, and some very long par 4's on the back 9. The bacon sandwiches at the cafe by the 9th green was spot on. The play was a little slow and we did have a little waiting around but nothing compared to many other courses. Overall a nice round on an interesting course just a little steep on the green fee and buggy hire.
I have played on this course a few time and to tell you the truth I am disappointed by the staff, members and other guests. Golf etiquette seems to have been forgotten here. The only exception to this is a guy called James who seems to be extremely helpful each time I have been there.
The driving range is poorly equipped where on average 20% of the balls are not playable, the mats are all ripped and worn out and you are lucky if the lights are switched on: so get used to playing in total darkness :) The club house also needs a good refurbishment.
I was going to this course because it is conveniently located near my house in Orpington, but I have seen many others in the vicinity which offer much better value for money (eg Birchwood Parl & Chelsfield Lakes) and would recommend that people try there. I have played at many golf courses including Royal St. Georges Golf Club, St Andrews and Muirfield and therefore know the good from the bad.
On a positive note if you play the course when it is not busy (most weekday evenings), I think that it has a few enjoyable holes and the undulations make it that extra bit challenging and also giving picturesque views of the A20. Bunkers are in relatively good condition with rakes being found in the majority of them and the greens are quite well kept except where people have taken trolleys on them and forgotten to repair pitchmarks.
I'm suprised to read such negative comments. For a public course, this was challenging and in great condition.
The Pura Foods Golf Society played Ruxley on 31.05.02 a sunny Friday. We found the course to be ideal for the higher handicaped golfer and biginners.This is due to the wide fairways and rough that was'nt to punishing on the day of our visit. The greens were in very good condition for a public course. The light lunch was o.k. and the staff helpful and friendly.A good day was had by all our members and our higher handicaped members took top honours.At the price charged it was value for money.
Poor design, poor marshalling and dreadful customers. On one sunday a three ball took 6 hours due to a crowd of topless, dope smoking, hooligan club MEMBERS!!! who would not allow anyone to play through. A couple behind us simply set off home at the 13th. It wasn't till the 17TH GREEN that the marshall told them to put their T-SHIRTS on and speed up. This was not a one-off.
Overpriced, over hilly, avoid it.
easy front 9, hard back 9, poorly designed, why start the course with probably the hardest hole?
all in all not bad when not too busy!
Hated it. Had to walk miles between some greens and tees, and not in that good a nick. Meal was a "ding" dinner. Not impressed
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