Sand Martins Golf Club
Sand Martins Golf Club, Wokingham, South East, England, RG40 3RQ
8 reviews of Sand Martins Golf Club
Played on a 'Twighlight' yesterday 10th May.
I had played the course 10+ years ago and, quite frankly was STAGGERED!! Certainly wasn't the course I played before.
The greens were possibly the best I have played on for some years- and I am lucky to play some very good courses.
Some excellent holes and a great challenge all round.
Constructive feedback: NONE really. It could be longer, but that's only a comment from my 5 handicapper colleague who just hits it miles and straight!!
Had a quick drink after so didn't have much chance of sampling the clubhouse - but all looked lovely.
Pro shop excellent - friendly, efficient and well stocked.
Certainly by far the best club around this area.
Thank You to All
Course itself plays in two halves of 9 - the first has some water and requires accuracy over length. the second is a lot prettier and for me, preferred.
Greens at a good pace and consistency.
Course well maintained.
Clubhouse busy and golfing practise facilities were very good.
Pro shop staff very friendly and welcomimg.
The not so good: from a Sunday game
the pace of play is really not what I would expect - I am hardly a hare but no effort from members to have a flowing game. It ended up being rather un-bearably slow and the weakness in the set up.
worth playing - but probably not during weekends
Played today for £25 twilight rate. Course condition was good, a few nondescript holes on the front nine while the closing holes offer a better challenge and some interesting design work. The course was good overall, enjoyable round and it seemed to be a friendly club. Worth a visit especially on discounted rates, little downside.
We played Sand Martins for 22 pounds around May time. The drive into the course is nice as you get a look at what your in for with a winding road through the back nine.
The opening hole is a bit of a bland opening, but after that there is some interesting holes which use the features nicely. there are a few streams and lakes dotted around the place which are in play.
the course was in very nice condition.
the greens rolled well but I found them a bit strange, they jsut didnt really turn at all, so took some getting used too.
The back nice is quite squashed in heading backwards and forwards past each other. so if you miss your fairway enough you'll hit another.
There some very different parts of this course, like the random large mounds on the fairways and the clean rock face you hit at on the 16th.
We enjoyed hitting numerous balls into the over the water 17th, even tho we couldn't find the green, it was a fun hole to play.
Over all a very nice and interesting course where you wont get bored yet is still quite a challenge.
Played a society match in April 2009. Overall a very pleasing and challenging course. Although new to us we would have expected at least one of the 27 players to score 36+ but not so.
The greens have recently been worked on and putting was more by luck than judgement, but they should settle down in a week or two. The course has some odd features, which add rather than distract, but the fairways though narrow were well tended and the bunkers have good sand. (guess how I know !)
The given postcode for the course will probably have your Sat Nav dumping you a mile or so away by postcode.
Overall a good day and the club seemed hospitable enough for what we needed.
With the weather this june being great for golf i decided to take advantage by going just south of wokingham to meet an old friend to play at sand martins. The drive in snakes through the back 9 and there is every chance of a stray ball hitting you. The clubhouse is in the middle of the estate and provides a scenic back drop with the putting green, 1st tee, 9th and 18th greens all feeding into it. The course is two distinct loops one parkland the other links, the front 9 starts off really well the 1st being a solid dog-leg which allows those who have not warmed up to leave the driver in the bag. The 2nd, i thought was a great hole and by far the most imaginative par 4 i have played on all year. After playing the front two my hopes for the remaining layout were high only to be let down badly by holes holes 3 through to 8. which were plan, straight too close to each other and ultimately the classic example of what is wrong with the modern parkland layout. the 9th though, was a clever little hole and raised my spirits. we stopped for an ice cream and was served by one of the many charming eastern european staff that worked here ( i can't imagine many daily mail readers being members) and headed off to play the back 9 links loop. Oh dear, while the 10th if you squinted your eyes may just about pass as a typical links hole the rest are as plain as the front 9, although they have replaced the trees separating the holes from the front nine with big mounds which again do not radiate links golf. To be fair holes 15,16 and 17 were a tough little stretch of holes and do demand concentration. The greens at the course were in great condition but a tad slow, they were also large targets and rather flat which coupled with the length (just under 6000 yards off the yellows) made this course not quite the challenge i was hoping it to be. I have played worst courses than this but i'm not sure i've ever played one that had such a half hearted feel to it, u can't help but be impressed by some things here but boy was i also left feeling hollow by others.
Top course! Very interesting holes all round the course. I'd definately suggest investing in a course guide as due to the undulations it can be hard to judge distances accurately. Good clubhouse and facilities and excellent value on the 241's - I'd play here again without question
Sand Martins was a very enjoyable course to play, and has left us with several positive memories:
a) Very good value for money - £27 for day rate using 2-fore-1 vouchers.
b) Friendly member introduced himself on the first tee and made us feel welcome at the course.
c) Fairways in excellent condition - very green and fluffy. I understand that new irrigation has recently been introduced to obvious good effect.
The course itself is two separate 9's. The first is a nice parkland layout with mature trees and water. The second nine was obviously converted from some very flat land, and is more links-like in style. Having said that, the land has been used to very good effect, and some interesting features have been added (eg a huge mound in the middle of the 10th fairway) which adds to the variety of the holes.
I must admit that none of the holes have the 'wow' factor, but they are all interesting and enjoyable to play.
On the day we played (late June), the greens were very firm and not at all receptive, which was a little frustrating. However, it did mean that they were flat and true to putt on.
In summary, we really enjoyed our day at Sand Martins, and would happily play it again when we're in the area.
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