23 reviews of Shirland Golf Club
If you want a challenge then go to Shirland. Tight tree lined fairways, elevated greens, hazards aplenty.
Played here three times now and I'm about to be a member. (Was originally going to breadsall)
Friendly Pro Shop well stocked.
Only negative I have of the course is the club house doesn't look very elegant or majestic upon finishing the 18th.
Having played this course frustratingly a few months ago off winter tees and fairway mats I was eager to play again under normal conditions and last week I was not dissappointed !! The fairways and greens were in excellent condition and provided a good test of golf for any player. The front nine is good, but the back nine is great, yes a few hills, but not too many. A real gem tucked away off the A61 with excellent potential. Definately one to visit again and well done to all concerned at Shirland GC.
First things first. If you enjoy value golf then Shirland GC at £12 for a day ticket on the 2-4-1 scheme, which as we played 2 rounds equated to £6 per round is worth a visit.
The pro was friendly and the shop well stocked, the clubhouse was fine, our society had a very nice lunch for a reasonable price. That said in my opinion the clubhouse is in need of a little update especially to the entrance doors which look like they haven't been painted in over 20 years.
The course...well as I stated earlier for a price of £12 for the day it's acceptable but the greens were way below standard. Putts were difficult to play due to the ball bumping and hopping along as soon as the stroke was played as well as having numerous sand patches on all greens. Attemping to stop the ball on the greens was a tough task as they didn't seem very responsive either. The fairways are ok but having to play the first few holes on the side of the hill causes tee shots to finish in the same area. In addition there are quite a few blind tee shots which can be tricky if you haven't played the course before. In fairness all the tees have a well signed hole layout plan which is very good.
I do believe that the club are in he process of improving the greens and that's good to know. Wherever you play the greens need to be in good condition as that's generally where you make the difference on score. As a note the quotes regarding the greens are not sour grapes as I won our morning round with a score of 36 points off a 12 h/cap.
Overall if you fancy a game of golf and you are not bothered if the course is not perfect Shirland is a good choice for value. Oh and it's hilly so be prepared for aching limbs the day after!
We had a great day!! Fantastic value for money. This place is offering 2 for 1 and we are now thinking of joining! For early season the course was in great shape and we couldnt of asked for more. We even had a few games of pool in the clubhouse over a couple of well earned beers!! An excellent all round venue.
I played Shirland with my Dad and Brother both 28 handicappers (I'm off a ropey 16) and we had a great day. The weather was terrible and had been for 3 days. The course was in good nick and played well. It is a testing track with some very interesting holes!
The welcome from the staff in the pro shop was superb and was equalled in the bar! Manager Andrew seems a top bloke. Food was good and with a driving range and refurb planned, it can only get better.
Visited the course yesterday 31/05/08 with society ( 28 members). Really enjoyed the day, full package bacon roll, round of golf and meal afterwards. The course was a real delight, extremely picturesque and a good challange, with its variety of dog legs,ditches, raised greens and challenging distances; definately a course where you have to think your way round. Only criticism was greens were a little "wooly" and required more force than the norm to prevent stopping short.
Having said that the course generally was in excellent condition, good signage from green to next tee prevented any guessing of directions. The course may be viewed as a little hilly for some, so power caddies a benefit.
The club house and staff were very welcoming and the facilities on par with the course.
Well worth a visit
Visited the course at christmas with my brother and son and on arrival was made most welcome, and not being from the area, this immediately put us at ease. The course itself was quite challenging and the greens must have improved considerably going by other comments,the fairways were unsaturated and no winter greens were in use,excellent considering this was December! Also a mention to how little a round cost with soup and a roll thrown in, and my nine year old son was allowed to play for free, great value.
Was planning to visit other courses in the area but was happy to return 3 more times to try and improve my score.
A big thanks to the staff who were great!
As a new member i rate shirland as the most challenging and scenic course in the area. All the staff have a first class attiutude to customer service. Yes the greens could be improved however the correct investment of time and of course money will put this right sooner rather than later if this was not this case i certainly wouldnt have spent the money on my first membership to a golf course.
We played Shirland Sunday 20th May 2007 with our Society, I agree with many of the other comments.However since booking there's been a change of ownership, 6 weeks I believe. What I can say is that the welcome and organisation in the pro shop and catering was first class, brilliant however the course is in desparate need of investment and some TLC. The faiways were covered in daisys, greens were slow, bobbly and patchy. Unfortunately we were told some of the greens have been subject to vandalism. Overall though the day was superb the course is very interesting and makes you think about each shot, some narrow fairways, the catering, bar and pro shop was superbly run. I just hope that the new owners invest and get the course sorted, this would influence me in booking another society day there.
I played this course on Sunday 1st October 2006 and have to say that the course was in terrible condition. The tee's were abysmal, the fairways boggy and not in a generally good state of repair. This brings me on to the greens. Well there is certainly something to be said there. The greens are not green but rather a vast shade of browns. Wet - no soaked, sank into them when standing. Unkept. Putted into a line of someone else's footprint to watch my ball shoot of at a 90 degree angle. Standing water and in a shocking state of repair. We played this course last year as part of our society and thought it was OK and opted to return. We were cancelled on in late April as the course was closed due to being waterlogged and as far as I am concerned the course should still be shut now. We won't be returning to play this course again. One final thing to note the lady who runs the bar and restaurant at the club is doing a fantastic job. As well as having to put up with everyone moaning about the course (even though she only franchises the facilities) the food was superb.
I have read with interest the numerous comments concerning the greens at this course and I, for one, was most impressed with them when I played there during a particularly dry spell at the June 06 Invitation Day.
A light shower or two followed in August though and come the Open Day in early September my opinion had changed somewhat, having mostly been swayed by the way in which my size-12's had sunk into the sponge-like greens whilst lining up a few tricky three-footers.
The course has potential - just needs some money spending on the greens and drainage system.
Played this course yesterday 24.09.06 and used 2 fore 1 voucher paying £15. I was very disapointed. Yes the greens are very quick but that is down to the fact there was very little grass on them. I would have felt very upset to have paid the full price (£30). I wont be going back in the near future.
On a recent visit from Saudi Arabia I was pleased find simalar greens to the ones I play on back there. Your captains comments enticed me to pay a visit and it was money well spent as it was like home from home. Splendid!! I say Forget the greens- Bring on the browns! It's the future of golf you know!
I have played at Shirland many times and I must say that the improvements have been incredible over recent months. No longer do you see swamp donkeys on the fairways or temporary bunkers as greens. Well done to all who have worked tirelessly to make the improvements.
I am currently Captain at Shirland (Brian Gamble). We are now under new ownership. The course is in excellent condition. The greens are fast but true. Many excellent improvements are planned. What a pity so many of the people who comment are living in the past. Try the course now, to gain an up-to-date impression of a course that is constantly improving.
Played Shirelands on 24/6/6, and what a joy.Made very welcolme from the moment we pulled up, the Captain was very helpful, as was the club pro, mind you when the Captain says the greens are fast, he actualy means FAST. No two holes the same some stuning holes to look at, but beware in summer, you need to allow for some serious run on,s
Strongly recomend you play this course, if you are in the area (dead easy to find). Nice 19th good pint, nice scoff.
Thanks Shirelands it was a pleasure, will be back next time we are planning a visit to Chesterfield
I played the course this week for the first time (May 31st 06) and was pleasently surprised. I thought the course was in good condition after all the rain we have had recently. Even though the greens were soft they were fairly quick. The back nine was my favourite with a variety of testing holes that had great views across the local countryside. I am looking forward to going back and improving my score. Try it - you will enjoy it.
Hello, i am a member at Shirland golf club and have been for 7yrs.Ihave been reading the comment go and play about the greens in 2003 that was 2003 PLEASE go and play it in 2006 WHAT AN INPROVEMENT.SUE RAY
What a gem - from the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and offered full use of the facilities. Good bacon butties to start the day then a round of golf on an excellent course with no bad holes to talk about. Very nearly had the course to ourselves and as 2for1 visitors only paid £12 each - a bargain. Holes 10, 11 & 12 of particular note - a par 3, par 4, par 3 - not long but hard enoughto ruin your round if not accurate. All in all a very good day out made better by the fact that the club gave us both a replacement 2for1 voucher for the course. We will be back.
I am really impressed with the course. The first time I played I got a 73 so the second time I projected a 69 which actually came true! I'm so happy i'm walking on air!
Well, what can I say. Fabulous clubhouse, freindly members, super greens, amazing fairways, fantastic views of Shirland. Quite simply I was amazed when I played it as a lot of people had told me it was a bit average. Anyway I'm off back to the Pastures now so happy golfing.
shirland is a must play course wih its beautiful scenery and freshly ploughed greens its a must. The greens arnt fast but wil help high handicap players or players who like to wobble (pw). The course also runs a great 2fore1 scheme as u are guarenteed a time through the week and at weekends as they have a 2fore1 challenge every week were you can enter there medal and weigh in every time if you can bobble your way round. weighed in weighed in.
Hi, with reference to my previous report, I would just like to mention the innovative yet unusal "temporary bunker" feature which I have never experienced before. I landed in eighteen of them and it ruined my projected scorecard! It was great fun though.
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