13 reviews of Sandford Springs Golf Club
Played here with three friends on the Parkland and Lakes nines. Having asked in the Pro's Shop first which was the best combination, we were advised it was the Woods and Lakes but the Woods nine was very wet so on the day the Parkland nine would the best option. It should be noted that we had just driven down the M3 in an absolute deluge so this is not a criticism of the layout as anything would have been flooded as a result.
We started with the Lakes nine which is really quite enjoyable although water is not a feature on too many holes. The greens were fast and true and the course nicely presented. This nine is quite undulating and we enjoyed it.
On to the Parkland nine, this is very much more bland although there are several interesting undulating holes that are more challenging.Again the greens and course presentation were of a high standard.
We ate in the Clubhouse afterwards and had a very nice meal in pleasant surroundings.An enjoyable day and a good Society course.
I have to admit that I was a little shocked to read some of the earlier reviews, as although I hadn't played here for ten or more years ago I always had good memories of the place.
However, while I may be going a bit senile in my old age, this is still a lovely course, and one that was in great condition when we played it earlier today. Three loops of 9, Woods, Park, and Lakes, and certainly the two loops I played each have their memorable moments.
The 9th (Park) is a pleasant looking hole with an iron to the fairway below, followed (hopefully) by a short iron to the green over water. The 13th (Woods) is another downhill dogleg left, where I guess most people will be playing a mid-iron 2nd into a lovely looking green.
The course is very undulating in places, likewise the greens, with a good mix of shorter and longer holes. Very scenic too. It certainly isn't a course that just has lots of holes running parallel to each other.
The clubhouse is excellently situated, there's a driving range and a few practise areas. What more could you want?
Played here February 08 (£20 using a 2 FORE 1 ).
One of the most unenjoyable courses that i've ever played.It's very bland ,unimaginative & uninspiring.Unfortunately, the terrain here means that it was always going to be a struggle to put down a decent course.
We played The Woods & Lakes.There are only three par 3's on these loops.The Woods mainly consists of parallel holes running up & down but involves lots of going up & down slopes.The lakes is similar but involves less climbing.
I knew it wasn't going to be any good after about 3 holes & by the turn it was only the fact that i'd forked out £20 that made me carry on.Looking back,there wasn't one time when i got on a tee & thought 'this is a good hole'.
It generally has an open & exposed feel to it & some holes don't feel as if they have their own identity with adjoining fairways running close by.I thought the layout (lots of walking between greens & tees) & design (bunker positioning not particularly well thought out & predictable.Generally not much until you hit the green then ,invariably, a bunker across the front of the green) was poor.Bland hole follows bland hole.
Further downsides were scruffy tees , lack of a defined fairway edge , there were no hole sign /yardages on any of the tees & a bit expensive in the bar.
The standard green fee £40 is a joke for a course like this & i felt aggrieved that i'd had to fork out £20 for it.
Don't waste your money
The course has 3 loops of 9, the Parks, the Lakes and the Woods. If you are only playing 18 then the Lakes and Woods are by far the more interesting; the Parks is rather bland and would more suite beginners. Having said that the Woods doesn't have that much wood and the Lakes doesn't have that much water. A well maintained and laid out course providing a pleasant round of golf. Excellent clubhouse and catering facilities. Reasonable value on the various discount offers the club makes. A club that goes out of its way to make visitors welcome.
A group of 4 of us recently played all 27 holes in Late March 2006. We took advantage of the winter deal of 18 holes for £ 35. We were also took advantage of the option to add the last 9 for an extra £ 5.00.
All 3 courses were immaculate and very challenging. There is a nice mix of wide open fairways, tight greens, well placed bunkers and designed lakes that would test even the most proficient golfer. We played on a windy day, and this made the Lakes course particularly tricky.
As you would expect from a golf club of this size, the service and facilities are as good as it gets. Smart dress and golf shoes are a must.
Sandford Springs is a course that I have played many times. There are 3 loops; Lakes, Woods & Parks. My own preference is that the Lakes & Woods have the more entertaining holes and therefore seem better value for the guest green fees that are more than most courses in the Newbury / Basingstoke area. The 2nd on the Woods is an interesting downhill dogleg whilst the approach to the raised green 7th has some steep faced bunkers to negotiate. The 2nd on the Lakes is a challenging par-5 with plenty of water for the 2nd & 3rd shots, and depending on pin placement the 9th green can be fast and difficult to read. The Parks has an entertaining downhill par-3 2nd with a tiered green and depending on forward tees, wind and luck the short par-4 9th green can be driven by big-hitters.
Sandford Springs is a course Ive played many times. There are 3 loops; lakes, woods & parks. My own preference is that the lakes & woods have the more entertaining holes and therefore seem better value for the guest green fees that are more than most courses in the Newbury / Basingstoke area. Agree with other course reviewers that unless you've got a voucher the green fees seem too high. Never-the-less, fairways & greens are normally in good condition but the Lakes and Parks tend to suffer in the Winter. The 2nd on the Woods is an interesting downhill dogleg whilst the approach to the raised green 7th has some steep wooden faced bunkers. The 2nd on the Lakes is a challenging par-5 with plenty of water for the 2nd & 3rd shots, and depending on pin placement the 9th green can be very difficult to read. The parks has a tiered par-3 2nd green and depending on forward tees, wind and luck the 9th green can be driven.
Played Lakes & Park 18/2/03. Unfortunately, the greens were no longer like carpets - they looked like they had been in play throughout the winter and were in a shocking state. A shame really because the rest of the course, particularly the fairways, were in excellent condition for the time of the year. Quite a forgiving course which should be good value with 2-fore-1 vouchers when the greens have recovered. The full midweek green fee of £30 seems a bit steep to me for this course but the clubhouse was excellent and the staff very friendly.
A GREAT COURSE WOODS/LAKES A VERY GOOD TEST OF BALL CONTROL
YOU DONT NEED TO BE LONG, GREENS ARE LIKE CARPETS
A MUST FOR ALL GOLFERS WHOM CAN TRAVEL THERE
An excellent course with excellent facilities. Well worth a visit.
This is a top course!
Designed as 3 loops of 9 holes, each having a distinctive look in keeping with their titles ie Parks, Woods & Lakes.
The Parks is the most straightforward of the 3 but still offers much of interest. The Woods is probably the best 9 holes which I have played particularly the 11th hole which has a tee perched high on the hillside with the fairway curving away into the trees far below. The 3rd loop of 9 lives up to it's title with cunningly placed water on almost every hole. If you only play 1 course in Hampshire - make it this one!
Fantastic test of golf on three nines.\r\nEach nine holes is a very different test indeed.\r\nWell worth a day out\r\n
9 Sherwood Close\r\nHatch Warren\r\nBasingstoke\r\nHampshire\r\nRG22 4DD
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